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Personal Injury Attorneys Helping Victims Obtain Higher Settlement Amounts in Chicago

lawsuit settlement paperworkAn accident case is inherently stressful and confusing. Victims have compounding medical bills, emotional and physical suffering, and anxiety associated with their injury. Worse, there is no sure answer on how long the claim may take. All the unknown factors combined with the pain and emotional suffering a victim goes through can cause anyone to make mistakes.

While errors are normal, in a personal injury lawsuit, even small mistakes can significantly lower your settlement or eliminate your ability to seek compensation altogether. Therefore, it is important that you understand these mistakes and avoid them at all costs.

Common Mistakes that Affect Your Settlement

  1. Lying about your case. You must be honest about all details about your case. You cannot lie, omit, or exaggerate any detail. Doing so lessens your trustworthiness. When a plaintiff is not trusted by the jury or even the insurer, it is unlikely that he or she will receive full settlement value on the case.
  2. Ignoring instructions by the court or on insurance forms. If you are completing insurance forms, be sure to follow all directions and complete them in their entirety. If you are instructed by the court to do something, you must follow the directions.
  3. Speaking to others about your pending case. You should not talk to anyone except your attorney about your pending lawsuit. If you are contacted by an insurance claims adjuster to give an official statement, direct them to your lawyer. Also, do not discuss details with friends or family, and avoid social media at all costs.
  4. Accepting a settlement without consulting an attorney. If you have not yet consulted an attorney, do not accept any settlement given to you by an insurance company. Insurers often give less compensation than is warranted, because they know that you do not have an attorney looking out for your best interests.
  5. Ignoring the need for medical attention. You must seek medical attention immediately after your accident. Furthermore, you must follow all physician instructions, attend follow-up appointments, and continue with care as given by your physician. Failure to do so could be misconstrued as admitting your injuries are not as severe as you claim.
  6. Not reporting prior injuries. Prior injuries do not eliminate your opportunity for settlement, but failing to disclose them will. You must be honest about past injuries, and be honest if they were aggravated by the accident.

The Biggest Mistake: Not Hiring a Personal Injury Attorney to Represent You

While you may think your case is clear and that there is no need to call a professional, an attorney can help you avoid making these costly errors that eliminate your settlement.

After your injury, call Malman Law to speak with a personal injury advocate. Schedule a free consultation now by calling our offices, or request your appointment online.

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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