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Injury Attorney Steven J. Malman

Experienced Accident and Injury Attorneys Handling Personal Injury Claims for Victims in the Chicago Area

When a person is injured by another person or entity, and that injury is the result of negligence, a personal injury claim may be warranted. Although accidents are common, negligence has occurred when a person fails to do what another reasonable person would have done under the same circumstances. As many as half of all personal injury claims are the result of an auto accident – this includes truck, motorcycle, bus, train, boat, pedestrian, bicycle and ATV accidents.

The remainder of personal injury claims is made up of medical malpractice injuries, product liability or dangerous drug injuries, slip and falls, and “other” injuries – such as dog bites, nursing home abuse, or construction accidents. While many people believe that a significant number of personal injury claims are frivolous in nature, in reality, most personal injury suits are the result of moderate to severe injuries.

How Your Illinois Personal Injury Claim Will Proceed

While there is no such thing as an “average” personal injury lawsuit, the vast majority of personal injury cases will end through a settlement agreement rather than litigation. Both sides essentially determine what they believe the case to be worth, taking into consideration what a jury might award, should the case go to trial.

Settlement offers will likely go back and forth for weeks, or even months, after similar cases are looked at to determine the average damage award. Any unique circumstances will be factored in, and, on the insurance company’s side, they will look at their list of predetermined settlement amounts based on injury levels and type of accident. If no amount can be agreed upon by both sides, then litigation is inevitable.

Illinois Facts Regarding Personal Injury

There are some basic facts regarding personal injury cases, including:

  • A quick settlement offer from an insurance company will most always undervalue your claim;
  • Ensuring that you have an experienced Chicago personal injury attorney by your side can significantly alter the outcome of your case;
  • Personal injury cases rarely settle quickly, and if the case goes to trial, expect it to take up to two years to resolve;
  • Personal injury cases which go to trial are likely to receive a larger settlement; and
  • It is crucial that you contact a personal injury attorney quickly, to allow for the attorney to collect evidence to support your claim while it is still available.

Best Reasons to Hire a Chicago Personal Injury Attorney

Although many people feel that they will end up with more money if they handle their personal injury claim on their own, in fact, settlements are apt to be much larger when a personal injury attorney is part of the equation. Insurance companies will often make a quick, low settlement with unrepresented clients, but are aware that an experienced personal injury attorney knows what a fair settlement really is. Additional reasons to have an Illinois personal injury attorney in your corner, from start to finish, include:

  • The justice system can be quite confusing for a layperson, even one who has diligently read legal books related to his or her personal injury claim.
  • Personal injury attorneys, on the other hand, are knowledgeable about the specific laws and statutes of limitations associated with your specific accident and injuries.
  • Much of the stress associated with your personal injury claim can be alleviated by having a personal injury attorney. While you are dealing with trying to heal from your injuries, your attorney can take care of the legal details.
  • Insurance companies know that a plaintiff who is well-represented will not be pushed around or accept a low settlement.
  • Having an attorney who is both a skilled negotiator and an aggressive litigator is often the catalyst needed to push the insurance company into offering a fair settlement.
  • Your Chicago personal injury attorney has a history of working with the judges and other attorneys who could be involved in your case, and will work hard to obtain the justice that you deserve.

Damages Associated with Your Illinois Personal Injury Claim

While the specific damages in any personal injury case depend on the facts surrounding the accident and subsequent injuries, damages will be based on the following:

  • The level of negligence on the part of the defendant;
  • The seriousness of the plaintiff’s injuries;
  • Whether medical expenses will be ongoing;
  • Whether the plaintiff lost work because of the injuries;
  • Whether the plaintiff will ever return to work;
  • Whether ongoing pain and suffering is a factor, and
  • Whether the defendant acted intentionally or maliciously.

Economic damages are awarded to compensate the plaintiff for specific monetary losses, such as medical expenses and lost wages. Non-economic damages compensate plaintiffs for losses which negatively impact his or her life, yet are hard to place an exact dollar figure on, such as pain and suffering or emotional distress. Punitive damages are only awarded when the behavior of the defendant was especially malicious or reckless.

Contact Our Chicago Injury Lawyers

At Malman Law, our Chicago injury attorneys are proud to represent injured accident victims in Chicago or anywhere in the state of Illinois. Our injury attorneys are available 24/7 to help you with any questions or concerns that you may have. Please call us at (888) 307-7068 or fill out our free online consultation form today. We are ready to fight for you!

Firm Awards & Recognitions

Steven Malman was selected to the list. The list is issued by the American Institute of Legal Counsel. A description of the selection methodology can be found at

  • Steven Malman was selected to the list. The list is issued by the National Academy of Personal Injury Attorneys. A description of the selection methodology can be found at

  • Steven Malman was selected to the list for 2018-2019.

  • Only the top 100 trial lawyers from each state or highly-populated regions of certain states who are actively practicing in civil plaintiff and/or criminal defense law are eligible for invitation. Invitees must demonstrate superior qualifications, leadership skills, and trial results as a legal professional. The selection process for this elite honor is based on a multi-phase process based upon objective and uniformly applied criteria which includes peer nominations combined with third party research.

    Prospective members of The NTL are carefully screened prior to receiving an invitation for membership.

  • Top Attorneys Diamond Member

  • Top Attorneys of North America 2019-2020

  • The American Institute of Trial Lawyers is an invitation only professional organization composed of premier trial attorneys from each state. These attorneys exemplify the very best qualities and qualifications of an attorney. Each attorney must meet stringent qualifications as a civil or criminal trial attorney. These attorneys practice in a variety of fields to help and promote the ethical and elite practice of law. Selection is based on a thorough multi phase process which includes peer nominations and third party research. Each member must be in good standing with their local compliance organization. Membership is extended to only a select few in each state and/or region.

  • As the founder of Steven J. Malman and Associates, P.C., Attorney Steven Malman has 21 years of experience handling personal injury, nursing home, medical malpractice, premises liability, construction and workers’ compensation cases. Mr. Malman is one of Chicago’s leading authorities on personal injury law and has taken a special interest in defending the elderly from neglect and abuse. He has personally handled over 10,000 cases successfully, and collected hundreds of millions dollars for his clients.

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    - Cheryl Wagemann
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