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When you’re dealing with a nursing home abuse or neglect situation, it’s important to hire a lawyer who not only concentrates on malpractice cases, but one who has plenty of experience doing so. Hiring a lawyer who doesn’t have a lot of experience with nursing home cases may be detrimental to your ability to be compensated for the issue. So how can you find a nursing home lawyer who will fight for you, and now one who is just using your case to build their portfolio?

Ask a Lot of Questions

When you meet with a nursing home attorney, you’ll need to ask a lot of questions. Think of the initial meeting as somewhat of a job interview—will you want to hire them for the job? You’ll want to ask about what types of cases they have worked on before and what the outcomes have been, who will be handling the day-to-day negotiations and communication between you and the law firm, what they think your case is worth and what they think your chances are of winning a settlement. You’ll also want to find out about their fees.

Find Out If They Work on Contingency

Ask your potential lawyer about how they bill their clients. Many nursing home lawyers work on a contingency basis. You may think this is bad—what lawyer would want to work for free?—but in reality, it may mean that an attorney will work even harder for you. After all, if they only get paid if they win your case, they will be personally invested in the outcome. Lawyers who bill by the hour as time goes by may not be as interested in working to get you compensation, as they are getting paid either way. Finding out about how a lawyer bills will help you determine whether they are the right attorney for you. 

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  • 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.

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  • 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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