Dedicated Personal Injury Attorneys Serving Clients In The Near West Side
Near West Side has come a long way since the Great Chicago Fire, and exploring it is always an adventure. While making your way through the Fulton River District, the aroma of chocolate from the Blommer Chocolate Company can even tempt you to see if you can catch a glimpse of Willy Wonka. Of course, Greektown and Little Italy are the best places to eat.
A serious accident, however, can bring all exploration to a grinding halt. Unfortunately, they happen just about every day, somewhere or other in the neighborhood. A truck slams into a motorcycle, a stairway guardrail collapses, a defective prescription medication causes a stroke – the possibilities are endless, to the point that it may tempt you to feel like your own neighborhood is booby-trapped.
When the Accident Was Not Your Fault
Most accidents can be traced to someone’s carelessness, recklessness, or even intentional misconduct. Unfortunately, the person injured is not always the person who causes the accident. And it is simply unjust for you to have to pay the price for someone else’s misconduct.
Justice is available, but it is not automatic. To receive fair compensation, you are going to have to either negotiate a private settlement or win a lawsuit. If you don’t feel you are up to something like this, especially while trying to recover from a serious injury, the personal injury lawyers at Malman Law are waiting to hear from you.
Our Track Record Speaks for Itself
We have no need for superlatives – “just the facts” will do nicely. Twenty-three years of practice, 20,000 satisfied clients, and over $200 million in compensation recovered are still not enough to tell the story. We win 95 percent of our cases, and 95 percent of our wins are private settlements, not trial verdicts.
Our Clients Speak Out
Steve and Kelly were great! The entire process moved much faster than we thought it would. We received a nice size settlement. I would highly recommend Malman Law! – Susan
Our Main Practice Areas
- Vehicle accidents
- Nursing home abuse
- Worker’s Compensation
- Medical malpractice
- Slip and fall accidents
- Product liability
- Dog bites
- Wrongful death claims
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
1) What happens at a deposition?
A deposition is an out-of-court Q & A session in which you will be questioned under oath by the defendant’s lawyer. If you contradict yourself later in court, your statement will be used to discredit you. Bring your lawyer with you!
2) What if the accident was partly my fault?
If a court rules that the accident was partly your fault, it will assign a percentage of fault to you. If your percentage of fault is below 50 percent, you will receive damages reduced by your percentage of fault. If your fault is 50 percent or higher, you will receive nothing at all.
3) What are some common misunderstandings about car accident claims?
Some of the most problematic misunderstandings are:
- The defendant’s insurance company will pay your medical bills on time – Unfortunately, they will not pay a dime until you finalize a settlement or verdict.
- Your case will drag on for years – Actually, most claims are resolved in weeks or months.
- You don’t need a lawyer – Yes, you do!
4) Can insurance companies use social media posts against me?
Yes, they can. Don’t expect them not to keep up with you on the Internet. You might post a photo of yourself standing and smiling, for example, and the insurance company might claim that you have been exaggerating your pain.
5) What are some common claim settlement mistakes to avoid?
The most common settlement mistakes include:
- Accepting a quick but paltry settlement.
- Having no idea how much your claim is worth.
- Negotiating without your lawyer present.
- Missing the statute of limitations deadline for filing a personal injury lawsuit (generally, two years from the date of the accident).
You Don’t Pay Unless You Win
A lot of things are possible when you win 95 percent of your cases. Our .950 batting average allows us to guarantee you that you will never owe us a penny unless you are among the 95 percent of our clients who bring home compensation. That means no upfront fees, and nothing ever until and unless you win.
The First Step to Victory is Yours to Take
Our history of fully compensated personal injury victims is a source of immense satisfaction to us. If you were seriously injured in an accident that may have been caused by someone else, or if your loved one was killed in such an accident, call us 24/7 or fill out our online contact page. We can schedule you a free initial consultation, and we can come to you even if you are in the hospital.