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Chicago Personal Injury attorneys are busy, according to a recent study by State Farm Insurance. The study finds that “dogs in Illinois take the second-biggest bite out of State Farm’s claim expenses nationally, accounting for the most bites and total payouts nationally after California,” according to the Chicago Tribune.

The remaining eight states rounding out the top ten were Florida, Minnesota, Indiana, Ohio, Texas, Michigan, Pennsylvania and New York. Out of all the states, Florida’s average claim is the highest at $38,356 per incident. Both Illinois and California, numbers 2 and 1 on the list respectively, had a per-claim average of around $30,600. It is unknown how many of the claims were filed with the assistance of Chicago personal injury attorneys.

In 2010, there were 317 dog bite claims filed with State Farm in Illinois that resulted in payouts of $9.7 million dollars. And that was just for one insurer – “the Insurance Information Institute, a trade group, estimates that U.S. insurers paid $412 million in dog bite claims in 2009,” according to the Tribune. Additionally, 33 deaths last year were the result of dog bites – two in Illinois.

Chicago Dog Bite Cases
Chicago dog bite injuries can cause serious and permanent physical, emotional and psychological damage. Not only can a dog’s bite be incredibly painful, but also an injured person may have to undergo extensive surgery to repair the injury. Even this may not be enough to prevent or correct permanent disfigurement and scarring.

In Illinois, if a dog bite victim does not provoke the attack, they are likely entitled to damages. You may also seek Chicago personal injury compensation if you got hurt as a result of running away from an aggressive dog. Even if you are the dog’s first bite victim or if the animal does not have a prior history of violence, you can still file a claim with the assistance of a Chicago personal injury attorney.

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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.

  • 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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