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As soon as a settlement is reached in a personal injury case or others, you may feel eager to receive the money as soon as possible. Unfortunately, there isn’t a single set amount of time that applies to all recipients. The truth is that the time it takes to actually receive your compensation depends on a number of factors. Delays may occur before your personal injury attorney receives a settlement check or afterward. You can mitigate some, but not others.

Delays in Payment to Your Attorney

It may take some time for the defendant’s insurer to supply your attorney with a settlement check. Certain states even have statutes which address this problem, including setting a limit for payment that if not met will result in additional interest. However, some loopholes in these statutes can prevent punishment from reaching defendants who don’t pay on time. One such loophole can involve the requirement of having the agreement in writing, which defendants may avoid doing in the first place.

The way to eliminate this problem is to set a deadline for delivery of your settlement, helping you to receive it within 20 days. It’s important to give a little thought to how you want to approach an agreement before you actually agree, saving you from avoidable delays.

Delays After Your Attorney Receives the Check

One unavoidable delay comes after your lawyer has received the check from defendants’ insurers. The delay involves the clearing of the check through your attorney’s trust account. Some checks take up to 10 business days to clear, unless the trust account and check share the same bank. Another cause for delay is if your lawyer attempts to help you receive more money by negotiating lien and bill settlements. In certain cases, you can ask for a partial distribution from your attorney’s trust account once the check clears, which allows you to see a portion of your settlement while the attorney has enough to cover the liens. As soon as the liens are covered, you receive the rest of your settlement.

To help eliminate delays or lost money from a settlement, turn to a personal injury lawyer for your cases, and get started on your way to full compensation with a free case evaluation.

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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