Serious personal injury, medical malpractice and/or the wrongful death of a loved one are highly personal family tragedies attended by a level of suffering and a sense of loss no one should have to bear. We are Chicago personal injury attorneys who have the compassion and understanding to remain sensitive to human feelings while providing support, guidance and legal representation of the highest order.
For more than 70 years, our firm has established a well-deserved reputation as one of the most effective and highly respected personal injury law firms in Chicago, and throughout the State of Illinois--often receiving referrals from other firms for serious and complex personal injury, medical malpractice and wrongful death cases. We have experience and great expertise in a number of different areas of law relating to personal injuries, including:
Founded in 1931, the law firm of Steinberg, Goodman & Kalish is one of the oldest plaintiffs' law firms in Chicago. We have handled many significant and high profile cases and consistently strive to fight injustice, expand the rights of personal injury clients and make important changes in the law. In the legal community, we are recognized as aggressive litigators who are renowned for our preparation, attention to detail and zealous advocacy for our clients. Our Chicago personal injury attorneys regularly appear before the Illinois Appellate Courts--enforcing significant and important changes in the way municipalities, physicians, commercial landowners, employers, and insurance companies treat personal injury and wrongful death victims throughout the State of Illinois.
If you or someone you know needs the assistance of an experienced Chicago personal injury attorney, contact Steinberg, Goodman & Kalish today at 888-325-7299, or complete the contact form provided on this site to schedule your free consultation.
Practice Areas and Legal Definitions
Medical malpractice is the failure of a health care provider to follow the accepted standards of practice of his or her profession in the community where the service is rendered. If a physician was careless, lacked proper skills or disregarded standardized rules resulting in injury to a patient, a jury may find the health care provider liable for negligence. Hospitals can also be held liable for the negligence of their employees, including staff nurses and technicians.
Examples of Medical Malpractice include:
Spinal Cord Injury:
Spinal cord injury (SCI) occurs when the nerves within the spinal canal are damaged. Most SCI's are caused by trauma to the vertebral column, affecting the spinal cord's ability to send and receive messages between the brain and the body's systems that control sensory, motor and autonomic function. Motor vehicle accidents are the leading cause of SCI, followed by acts of violence, falls, sports injuries and diseases such as polio, spina bifida and Friedreich’s Ataxia. The spinal cord does not have to be severed in order for a loss of functioning to occur. In fact, in most people with SCI, the spinal cord is intact, but the damage to it results in loss of functioning.
Traumatic Brain Injury:
Traumatic brain injury (TBI) is a medical phrase used to describe the damage to the brain suffered by sudden impact or physical force to the head. Essentially, the human brain floats in a fluid substance called cerebrospinal fluid. TBI can result when the force of momentum causes the brain to impact against the skull. This type of injury, often the result of hitting your head on the windshield, pavement or object, is frequently referred to as a “closed head injury.” Whiplash can also cause TBI. These closed head injuries can result in lasting physical and mental problems.
Slip and Fall/Premises Liability:
Slip and fall accidents can happen anywhere and can cause serious personal injury. Most slip and falls happen in commercial settings, such as grocery stores, drug stores, office buildings, construction sites, gas stations and malls, but they also happen on private property. Premises Liability accidents can include toxic exposure, animal attacks, swimming pool accidents and amusement park ride accidents. In any event, there exist duties on the part of the property owners to maintain the property responsibly and avoid the existence of hazardous conditions.
Dangerous or defective conditions may be large or small, temporary or permanent. Therefore, investigation of the claim is essential to a successful case. Temporary conditions such as water on the floor of a grocery store, or snow and ice on the stairs of a restaurant need to be investigated quickly.
Construction/ On-the-Job Accidents:
Construction labor makes up one of the three most dangerous occupations in the United States today; each year producing thousands of debilitating injuries and wrongful deaths. Factors that contribute to construction accidents include workers lifting loads with worn and weathered cables, working on elevated platforms without fall protection or wearing defective safety harnesses and lanyards, and/or working in trenches with improper benching and using outdated tools and equipment. Farming and manufacturing accidents, as well as the oil and gas industry accidents can also cause serious injury and toxic exposure.
Nursing Home Abuse & Neglect:
Americans are living longer than ever before. The fastest growing segment in the United States is the elderly population. As a result of this demographic shift, many elderly Americans have become residents of nursing homes during their final years. As many of these nursing homes are under-funded and understaffed, a disturbing incidence of neglect and abuse is being reported. Injuries sustained by nursing home residents due to neglect and abuse often involve the inappropriate use of physical restraints, joint contractors, overuse of sedatives, unnecessary use of urinary catheters, loss of mobility, pressure sores and lack of nutrition with weight loss.
Legal claims that arise from vehicle accidents are typically governed by the law of negligence. Any individual who negligently operates a motor vehicle may be required to pay damages to an injured victim. A personal injury case involving a vehicle accident may become formalized through civil court proceedings or may be resolved through an informal settlement before a lawsuit is filed. Vehicle accidents can include:
The surviving family members of a fatally injured accident victim may be able to bring wrongful death charges against the defendant.
A car accident is a collision involving an automobile and anything that causes damage to the automobile, including other automobiles, telephone poles, buildings and trees. Sometimes a car accident may also refer to an automobile striking a human or animal. Car accidents — also called traffic collisions, auto accidents, road accidents, personal injury collisions, motor vehicle accidents and crashes — kill an estimated 1.2 million people worldwide each year, and injure about forty times this number.
According to the Federal Highway Administration, over 67,000 cyclists in the U.S. are injured every year in accidents involving motor vehicles. Many cyclists who are injured in bicycle accidents are unaware that they have a personal injury case and that they may be entitled to compensation for injuries, pain and suffering, medical bills and lost incomes. A cyclist may be entitled to receive compensation for an injury sustained because of a pothole, poor road or defective sidewalk. There are state mandated residential and commercial bicycle laws, which entitle cyclists to observe different traffic rules than cars, trucks and other motorized vehicles. This may mean that the cyclist is not legally responsible for an accident.
Motorcycle riders are often exposed to dangers not met by automobile drivers and other motorists on the road. The lack on any substantial protective barriers, as well as the difficulty that other motorists may have in seeing or stopping for a motorcycle, leaves riders prone to serious personal injury in the event of an accident.
Although SUV rollovers do not occur as often as other automobile accidents, when they do occur they have a higher chance of resulting in serious injury or death, and are considered to be the most fatal type of vehicle accident on national roadways. According to the Federal Highway Administration, SUV rollover accidents account for more than side and rear fatal vehicles combined and SUV's are three times more likely than the average passenger car rollover.
Although SUV's were designed primarily for the purpose of off-roading, manufacturers have since discovered their immense popularity as family vehicles. Manufacturers have begun removing roll bars in current models. SUV seat structures are not designed to keep occupants in place during a rollover regardless if seatbelts are worn. Vehicle roofs, windshields and side windows easily collapse, increasing the risk of occupant head, brain and spinal cord and back injuries. While the body of an SUV remains the same as it would if used for off-roading, the removal of the roll bars, combined with the high center gravity due to multiple passengers, make rollover accidents and occupant ejection that much more fatal.
Products liability refers to a manufacturer or seller being held liable for placing a defective product into the hands of a consumer. Products liability cases may include defective or poorly designed machinery, tools, motor vehicle defects, recreational products, pharmaceuticals and other defective products and equipment. A person injured by a defective or dangerous product may be eligible to file a lawsuit for product liability. Damages can be recovered under one of the following categories: strict products liability; negligence or breach of warranty.
A wrongful death occurs when a person is killed due to the negligence or misconduct of another individual, company or organization. A legal action for wrongful death belongs to the decedent's immediate family members, usually a surviving spouse and children, and sometimes parents. Under certain circumstances, unrelated minor children living with and supported by the decedent may also bring a claim for wrongful death. In order to bring a successful wrongful death cause of action, the following elements must be present:
The general rule in wrongful death cases is that one is entitled to recover both economic and non-economic damages which are suffered as a result of the loss of a loved one. Economic damages in a wrongful death case include an award for the financial contributions which the decedent would have made to his or her spouse, children and/or parents had he or she survived. It also includes the recovery for funeral service expenses in memory of the decedent and for burial cost. Non-economic damages include loss of love, society, companionship, comfort, affection, solace or moral support.
If you or someone you know needs the assistance of an experienced Chicago personal injury attorney, contact Steinberg, Goodman & Kalish today at 866-822-4674, or complete the contact form provided on this site to schedule your free consultation.
Education: Carleton College (B.A., 1955); Northwestern University (J.D., 1958); Harvard University (LL.M., 1959), Phi Beta Kappa.
Member: Illinois State Bar Association.
Practice Areas: Personal Injury Law, Product Liability Law, Medical Malpractice.
Bruce D. Goodman (Member) born Chicago, Illinois, December 18, 1949; admitted to bar, 1974, Illinois.
Education: University of Illinois (B.A., 1971); DePaul University (J.D., 1974).
Member: Chicago , Illinois State and American Bar Associations.
Practice Areas: Medical Malpractice, Personal Injury Law, Product Liability Law.
Ronald Kalish (Associate) born Chicago, Illinois, June 8, 1967; admitted to bar, 1992, Illinois.
Education: Miami University (B.S., 1989); John Marshall Law School (J.D., 1992).
Member: Chicago , Illinois State and American Bar Associations; Illinois Trial Lawyers Association.
Practice Areas: Personal Injury, Medical Malpractice, Products Liability, Real Estate, Commercial Litigation, Regulatory Law.