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If you have been the victim of a personal injury accident there are bound to be countless questions running through your mind about what it all means and what are the necessary steps to take. We have compiled a list of the most common questions related to personal injury claims and answers. Use this as a guide if you have been involved with a personal injury case and are looking to file a claim.

How long does it take to resolve a personal injury claim?

This is probably by far the number one question that is raised when it comes to personal injury cases. There is no set time allotted to resolve personal injury cases because each case is different, although there are time limits within which a lawsuit must be filed.  There are several factors such as seriousness of the case, nature of injuries, etc. that determine how long it will take to resolve your claim. It is important to have an experienced lawyer involved with your personal injury case in order to make sure things go as smoothly as possible and that your case is resolved in a timely manner.

What can you sue for in a personal injury case?

  1. Medical care and related expenses
  2. Income and wages lost due to your accident
  3. Permanent physical disability or damage
  4. Loss of social, educational, or family experiences such as missing school because of your accident
  5. Emotional damages including stress, depression, embarrassment etc. due to your accident.
  6. Disfigurement
  7. If you are married your spouse can have a claim for the damage to your marriage such as love and companionship
  8. In the instances of death because of the accident, financial losses caused to the deceased’s spouse or other family members

How long do I have to file a lawsuit against those responsible for causing my injuries?

The amount of time you have to file a lawsuit varies state to state. Most states range from 2-3 years. It is important to find out the time requirements in your area. As always it is good practice to hire an attorney soon after your accident occurs so you do not lose the right to file a lawsuit.

Do personal injury claims have to go to court?

In general most cases settle fairly without going to court. However, in some cases it is necessary to go to court in order to get fair compensation for your pain and suffering. When you file your personal injury claim, you should keep in mind that presenting your case in court is always a possibility if it cannot be resolved fairly outside of court.

DISCLAIMER: All information on this website is provided for informational purposes only and is not intended to be construed as legal advice. The Law Offices of Malman Law shall not be liable for any errors or inaccuracies contained herein, or any actions taken in reliance thereon. For more information read our full disclaimer.

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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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  • 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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