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Chicago Personal Injury Attorneys - Malman LawPersonal injury cases are one of the more highly misrepresented aspects of the law – and there are tons of myths out there. While some of these myths steer injured victims away from filing their settlements, other myths give individuals false impressions about the process. Regardless of which myths you have heard, it is important that we dispel those myths now so that you can understand the true goal and focus of tort law.

Common Myths vs. the Truth

  1. Personal Injury Cases are Easy Money. Plenty of clients will assume that a personal injury claim is the faster way to extra cash, but that is not how these claims work. The money you receive is based on your legitimate injuries – and you will have to prove such injuries in court. Your compensated damages also are limited to specific losses, such as medical costs, lost wages, and pain and suffering.
  2. You Can Wait to File Your Personal Injury Claim – There is a statute of limitations on personal injury claims, which means that the state limits how long you have to file your lawsuit. If you file after such time expires, you cannot collect, even if you have a legitimate case.
  3. The At-Fault Driver’s Insurance Company Will Pay for My Medical Costs as They Happen. Insurance companies will not pay for costs as they occur until a final settlement has been agreed upon. In fact, they are not required to pay you anything until the court actually enters a judgment against them and they are forced to pay.
  4. I am a Plaintiff, so I’m Guaranteed a Settlement. Just because you are a plaintiff in a personal injury case does not mean you will win a settlement. The settlements and success of cases are based on the unique circumstances of the claim and plaintiff.
  5. My Case Will Take Too Long – Most personal injury cases will be resolved in 8 to 12 months. While this is much longer than accident victims anticipate, this is simply a range. Your personal injury attorney can give you a more reasonable estimate as to how long your claim will take, based on the circumstances.
  6. I Don’t Need a Lawyer – This is the biggest mistake most plaintiffs make. They assume that all personal injury claims do not need legal representation, but you want to ensure that you get the compensation entitled to you. If you attempt to resolve your own lawsuit, you:
  • May receive a much lower settlement from the insurance company,
  • Could commit critical errors that delay your suit, or
  • Could file incorrectly and the suit may be thrown out by the courts.

Contact an Experienced Chicago Personal Injury Lawyer

If you have been involved in an accident and you are considering filing a personal injury claim, contact an experienced Chicago personal injury attorney first. Our team at Malman Law is here to teach you the truth about personal injury law and what to expect from your own personal settlement. Contact us today for a free consultation at 888-247-2160 or fill out our online contact form with your questions.

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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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