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consult with a personal injury lawyerPersonal injury lawsuits are inherently complex. This is why individuals who are injured will turn to the expertise and guidance of a personal injury attorney. An attorney can gather key pieces of information to help build a case and win their client the compensation they deserve.

However, while an attorney is extremely helpful in a personal injury claim, they are only as effective as the information provided to them by the plaintiff. It is important that injured parties share all of the details regarding their claim with their attorney. Even information that may not seem relevant can affect a lawyer’s strategy.

5 Things to Tell Your Personal Injury Attorney

These five key pieces of information should be presented to an attorney at the initial consultation. This information helps the attorney not only create a strategy, but determine if there is a viable case.

  1. Previous Injuries – Most people neglect to tell their attorney about past injuries because they are worried it will affect their case. However, hiding previous injuries or accidents can actually make proving the existing claim more difficult, and the insurance company will have a valid reason to deny the plaintiff’s claim. An attorney must know about any previous injuries or accidents so they can specifically prove that the latest injury is not directly related to previously existing injuries.
  2. When the Injury Happened – The date and time the injury occurred is important. Because there is a strict statute of limitations for Tort claims, an attorney must verify that the statute of limitations has not run out. Also, having the exact date and time will help the attorney gather evidence.
  3. Contact – If the other party’s insurance or an attorney has already contacted the plaintiff, the attorney needs to know. This could be considered an admission of fault, which will make it easier for the attorney to prove their case.
  4. Bankruptcy – If a plaintiff is in the process of filing bankruptcy or plans to file in the future, their lawsuit settlement could become part of their estate – which means the money will go to creditors instead of the plaintiff. Most plaintiffs are in dire financial situations by the time they contact an attorney; therefore, it is not uncommon for one to contemplate bankruptcy. By telling a personal injury attorney about a pending bankruptcy, the personal injury attorney can work with the bankruptcy attorney to secure a portion of the settlement, keeping it away from the creditors.
  5. Additional Injuries – Just like previous injuries, if the plaintiff has suffered from injuries after the accident, they must tell their attorney. Opposing counsel can use the additional injuries to claim the plaintiff is trying to secure compensation, and the personal injury attorney must be prepared to dispute this.

Injured? Contact a Personal Injury Attorney at Malman Law

If you or a loved one was injured, contact a personal injury attorney at Malman Law. We can help you explore your options for receiving compensation. Schedule a free consultation by dialing 888-625-6265 or by filling out an online contact form.

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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.

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  • 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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