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Chicago Car Accident Attorneys - Malman LawImmediately after your motor vehicle accident, you may find it difficult to decipher who is really at fault for the incident. The other party’s insurance provider can deny your injury claim if they believe that there is sufficient evidence to prove that you were at fault. In these situations, a third party witness is pivotal in handling insurance disputes and proving liability.

Insurance adjusters will typically inquire if witnesses or observers were present at the accident – especially if a discrepancy is present. Finding a credible, unbiased witness to support your side of the story is what can help you legitimize your claim. It is also best that you consult with a Chicago car accident attorney to help you locate these witnesses and collect statements to prove such claims.

Finding Witnesses

After a crash, most accident victims are distraught and not thinking about how they can preserve their case. First, you should always address your own injuries and then seek immediate medical attention before worrying about witness statements. Then, report the accident to the local police department as soon as you can. While waiting for police to arrive to the accident scene, you can then search for witnesses or ask a passenger to help find witnesses.

It is important to find witnesses that do not have any personal interest in the outcome of your case – and they should not be related to you.

Neutral witnesses are those that:

  • Were passing by at the time of the accident;
  • Working on a job site nearby;
  • Drivers of other stopped vehicles near the accident, but not involved in the accident;
  • Nearby business owners, customers or employees that saw the accident occur;
  • Nearby homeowners or residents.

Witnesses in adjacent buildings can also be used to help prove your claim. When you approach these witnesses, you should first request their contact information in case the conversation is cut short. If the witness is willing, you can request that you have an attorney contact them later to collect a brief statement. Sometimes you may be able to collect their statement on the scene too.

How a Chicago Car Accident Attorney Can Assist You

While witness testimony is critical for proving your claim, you can also gather other forms of evidence that proves the other driver is liable for your injuries. When you are handing a complex insurance dispute, seeking advice from a skilled Chicago injury attorney is important. The attorneys at Malman Law are here to assist you with such situations. We can negotiate with insurance adjusters and help you win the settlement you deserve. Contact us for a consultation at 888-305-5043 or fill out an online contact form to speak with an attorney regarding your accident case.

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  • 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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