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If you are injured or if property is damaged in an accident, you need to understand your rights before you speak with an insurance agent. Consulting a personal injury attorney will benefit your personal injury claim in many ways.

Reasons for Talking to an Attorney

Serious injuries warrant lawsuits if someone is responsible for the accident that caused them. In Illinois, claimants have two years following an accident to file a claim. After you have received adequate medical attention, personal injury lawyers will be able to review your injury claim and determine if you have a buildable case. Choosing to speak with an attorney helps you avoid contacting insurance companies while you’re vulnerable.

The problem with going straight to insurance companies is that they will try to minimize risk in any way possible. They may reject your claim outright, hoping that you won’t attempt to file another claim, or they may suggest that you were at fault for your injuries to an extent, claiming that you acted negligently.

If you release documents to an insurer, they may not help you as much as they would in the hands of a personal injury lawyer. Because insurance companies want to avoid large payouts any way they can, submitted documents may simply result in minimal compensation or the rejection of your claim.

Finding an Attorney

When you choose to speak with an attorney, you will not only learn if you have a personal injury case, but you will also be able to discover the true value of your injuries and damages. Any police, medical reports, witness accounts and other documents will be useful in a lawsuit if you consult a knowledgeable personal injury attorney.

If you believe you have a personal injury claim, don’t consider filing a claim with insurance companies. Instead, choose legal team with the experience and knowledge to handle your case, without any payment until a settlement is reached.

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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  • "I'm very pleased to recommend Malman Law to my friends and relatives! I have to mention how efficient and professional in dealing with my case has been with everyone that I've been in contact with at Malman Law. Mrs. Sabo is outstanding as well as her secretary and assistant in responding quickly to any of my questions or concerns. This firm has gone above and beyond to keep me updated and get answers to my questions at any time, weekends included! Malman Law rules in my opinion! "

    - Cheryl Wagemann
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