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$11,800,000.00 – The Law Offices of Steven J. Malman and Associates, P.C., leveraging the expertise of a team of attorneys, secured a large settlement in this case, in which a father of five tragically died when his tire treads failed, causing his vehicle to roll over. Our team investigated the crash carefully and pieced together a convincing argument that the manufacturer of the tire should be held liable for the damages sustained. In addition to the driver, two other passengers died in the accident. A fourth passenger was rendered quadriplegic by the crash. $11,800,000.00 was the total settlement.

$6,000,000.00 – Settlement for a Client Whose Infant Suffered Irreversible Brain Damage Due to Medical Negligence

In this case, our client was a four–month–old baby girl who, back in January 1999, was taken to the hospital after her mother noticed that she had come down with irritability and a fever. The physicians who looked at her failed to diagnose that she had bacterial meningitis, an infection of the brain. They simply sent the sick infant home.

Within just 12 hours of returning home, however, the infant developed a brain injury as well as cerebral palsy. A lifetime of damage –– easily preventable. An utter tragedy.

We at Malman Law worked with our team of medical experts and attorneys to figure out what happened, and we proved that the failure to diagnose the baby’s illness led directly to her lifelong brain injuries and palsy. Although we did collect a $6,000,000.00 dollar settlement for our client; unfortunately, no amount of money can really replace the functions she lost as a result of the negligence.

$5,000,000.00 – We represented the mother of a boy who was having trouble moving his arm. The mother brought the boy to his physician on several occasions regarding the problem, but it took almost a full year before the physician recommended that the boy have an MRI. The image returned a diagnosis of a ganglioglioma (tumor), which unfortunately led to the boy’s paralysis and ultimately to his death. The Law Offices of Steven J. Malman & Associates, P.C. investigated the matter, utilizing a team of lawyers and experts proved medical malpractice. Our investigation showed that, had the boy’s physicians found the tumor earlier, he would likely have avoided paralysis and death. Our team obtained a settlement of $5 million dollars for the mother.

$2,250,000.00 – Our client in this case was a woman whose obstetrician/gynecologist had failed to diagnose her terminal ovarian cancer, despite having given her numerous pap smears. Using a team of experts and other methods of investigation, the Law Offices of Steven J. Malman & Associates, P.C. demonstrated that the woman’s tests had been returning abnormal results for some time and that the Ob/Gyn’s misreading of the pathology report had greatly exacerbated our client’s health struggles. In compensation for our client’s multiple surgeries, pain and suffering, and other costs, we managed to obtain a $2.25 million settlement for her.

$2,000,000.00 – A woman who had undergone a partial hysterectomy for fibroid tumors came to the Law Offices of Steven J. Malman & Associates, P.C. for help after she had experienced a series of unfortunate medical events and a costly misdiagnosis. Following her hysterectomy, our client’s initial pathology report indicated that her tumors were benign. The next year, she had additional surgery to take out her ovaries and fallopian tubes. A second pathology report came back and showed that she had a kind of cancer called malignant uterine sarcoma. Our legal team, leveraging the expertise of physicians, investigated. Upon review, we found that the original slide taken after her partial hysterectomy had indicated the presence of cancer. Furthermore, the woman’s Ob/Gyn’s failure to refer her to a gynecologist for treatment radically complicated her condition. Our client is currently undergoing treatment for her cancer. Our team managed to win a $2 million medical malpractice verdict for her; the case has been appealed.

$1,700,000.00 – In this tragic case of nursing home neglect, a 72 year-old bedridden man had been ordered by his doctor to have his bed rails raised. A head nurse at his facility, (who, we later discovered, was unlicensed to practice in the United States), noticed that our client’s bed was broken and that one of the sides lacked rails completely. Instead of fixing the bed, he simply shoved it against the wall next to the radiator. While our client was sleeping, he rolled onto the radiator and burned his legs so badly that decubitus ulcers formed. Eventually, his legs had to be amputated. Our thorough and comprehensive investigation resulted in a $1.7 million verdict for our client.

$1,400,000.00 – In this case, we represented a 13 year-old boy who severely hurt himself after slipping and falling in the stairwell of his high-rise apartment building. Soon after his fall, the boy developed an anti-biotic resistant infection called MRSA, which required him to undergo several surgeries on his hip. Our team established that the abrasions the boy suffered in his slip and fall allowed the MRSA to get into his system. By establishing a direct causal connection between the boy’s injury and his costly surgeries, we achieved a $1.4 million award via a process known as binding mediation.

$1,250,000.00 – We represented an 18 year-old boy who had been accused of shoplifting alcohol while at a grocery store. The store’s security guard apprehended the boy and told him to raise his hands above his head. The boy and the guard exchanged words, provoking the guard to shove our client’s head into a rack. Our client suffered near total impairment of vision in one eye and partial impairment in the other. Despite our client’s injuries, the grocery store nevertheless took him to trial for shoplifting. He was found not guilty. Meanwhile, the Law Offices of Steven J. Malman & Associates sought damages from both the grocery store and the security guard’s insurance company. The grocery store paid $250,000. The insurance company for the security guard paid the sum of $1 million.

$1,225,000.00 – Settlement for Client Hit in the Head by a Flying Rock

On May 21, 2004, our client was sitting in the stands of a motor speedway, when a race car whizzed by and kicked up a baseball–sized rock that flew into the stands and hit her in the head. It hit her so hard that she had to go to the hospital for an emergency tracheostomy and brain surgery. In addition, she suffered a painful condition known as a subdural hematoma, for which she had to have a craniotomy. And she also had a hematoma in the left temporal region of her brain, which required an operation known as a resection. Although she fortunately recovered most functions, the episode obviously traumatized her.

What the Law Offices of Steven Malman & Associates did for her.

The owners of the speedway claimed that the fence around the stands was sufficient to prevent debris from scattering into the crowd. They claimed that they had installed a double–layer chain link fence as well as warning signs about flying debris.

But we managed to prove that the rock actually flew through a gap in the fence –– and that there was no warning or waiver of liability on the fence at all.

We hired several experts who used sophisticated physics to show that the rock had to have come through the fence and not over it. We also collected video of the racetrack two weeks prior to the accident, which showed that the fence was a single–layer fence –– one with plenty of gaps to fit four inch rocks through it. This proved that the company had put up the double–layer fence and warning signs only after our client had gotten hurt –– a bald–faced attempt to shirk responsibility for paying compensation to our client.

Fortunately, our detailed re-engineering and investigative work bore our client’s story out, and we collected a settlement of $1,225,000 for her.

$1,150,000.00 – Our client in this case was a little girl whose family had just moved into a new building in Chicago. One night, her older brother started a fire in the apartment. The rest of the family, awoke to the smell of smoke. Most of family escaped without injury, but the little girl suffered severe burns to her head. Our legal team hired one of the top building fire code experts in the country to establish that conditions in the little girl’s apartment had violated the city of Chicago’s fire ordinances. We demonstrated that the apartment had no fire alarms and that the front door’s door-knob had been broken, which made escape difficult. Our meticulous investigation yielded a settlement for our client of $1.15 million.

$1,000,000.00 – Our firm represented a union painter who suffered severe crushing injuries when a forklift drove over his legs. Our client sustained knee and elbow injuries that required significant surgery. Our team successfully argued that, due to these injuries, the painter could no longer actively work in his chosen trade, and we managed to obtain a settlement of $1 million to compensate for this construction site work injury.

$1,000,000.00 – In this matter, Steven J. Malman represented a hemophiliac who had suffered soft tissue injury to his finger as a result of an auto accident. Our client took medication for years after the accident to control the bleeding in his finger and avoid further complications. We demonstrated that our client had experienced severe and ongoing discomfort and obtained a settlement of $1 million in this auto accident case – an amount that represented the limits of the insurance.

$1,000,000.00 – The Law Offices of Steven J. Malman & Associates, P.C. represented a union steel worker who, along with a coworker, had been ordered to work on a rain-drenched construction site. Our client and his coworker had attempted to move a 300 pound steel beam in these dangerous conditions. During this process, our client slipped and fell, sustaining a back injury so severe that it required surgery. We recovered a $1 million settlement for him, including a waiver of the workers’ compensation lien. (An injured worker’s insurance company may recover whatever it paid out from any third party settlement, according to Illinois law.)

$900,000.00 – Our client in this tragic matter was a prison inmate who had sustained head injuries during a fight with fellow prisoners. He was rushed to the hospital in severe condition. But due to an error, our client received an improper medication and suffered further complications that resulted in his death. We managed to obtain a settlement for our client’s family of $900,000 for this egregious medical malpractice.

$600,000.00 – Our client’s friend, a restaurateur, had been showing off a hunting rifle when it accidentally discharged, striking our client in the leg. The injury resulted in a below the knee amputation. Our team investigated this accidental shooting case and managed to collect settlement money both from the restaurant owner’s business insurance policy and from the shooter’s homeowner’s policy. The $600,000 settlement amount was the maximum available through the insurance coverage.

$600,000.00 – We represented a 54 year-old woman who suffered severe burns to her breasts while cooking. Our client had been cooking, when her oven mitt came into contact with the heating element in her oven causing the mitt to ignite. This set her nightshirt on fire and lead to serious burns on her breasts and chest. The Law Offices of Steven J. Malman & Associates, P.C. filed a products liability claim on her behalf. To demonstrate precisely what had happened, we contracted an expert to reproduce the event in a laboratory setting. This vivid recreation convinced what might have otherwise been a dubious defense, to settle with our client for $600,000 in compensation.

$500,000.00 – Our client in this case was a woman who lost her baby due to fetal distress related complications. The woman arrived at the hospital in full term and in the middle of labor. Despite the fact that her baby showed distinct signs of fetal distress, the hospital staff left her alone in a room for several hours. When a nurse returned finally to check on her, her baby had died. While obviously no amount of money can truly compensate a mother for such a tragic loss, our legal team managed to obtain a settlement of $500,000 in this egregious medical malpractice case.

$390,000.00 – The Law Offices of Steven J. Malman represented an 81 year-old bedridden stroke victim who ultimately succumbed to complications stemming from pressure ulcers brought on due to negligent nursing care. We showed that the nursing home staff did not employ measures to prevent his pressure ulcers and failed to administer supportive care to prevent complications. Furthermore, the nursing home had no documentation regarding our client’s pressure ulcer care, and the wound care nurse at the home could not even differentiate between stage 1 and stage 2 ulcers. We managed to win a settlement for our client’s estate of $390,000 to compensate for the nursing home’s negligence in diagnosing, preventing, and treating the ulcers.

$300,000.00 – Our firm represented a nursing home resident who suffered severe pain and complications after he fell out of bed and fractured his hip. The injury required him to undergo surgery. Our legal team demonstrated that our client – a known fall risk – had not been properly watched and protected by the nursing home staff. We obtained a settlement of $300,000 to compensate our client for pain and suffering, medical bills, and other damages.

$250,000.00 – We represented the estate of a 21 year-old man who had been savagely and intentionally run over in a car by his enraged girlfriend. He suffered serious, life threatening injuries from the accident. While his girlfriend pled guilty and ended up serving a life sentence in prison, our client did not manage to survive long. He died in the hospital within a week of being run over. Given the traumatic injuries our client had suffered, it was difficult to prove that medical malpractice had in fact compounded his problems and limited his chances for survival. Our legal team worked with an expert to establish that attending physicians had failed to insert a chest tube in a timely manner and that their negligence in this regard essentially ended our patient’s chances of survival. We collected $250,000 for our client’s estate in compensation.

$175,000.00 – Our client in this case was a nursing home resident who developed pressure ulcers from lying on her back in bed. She developed two serious ulcers – one on her left heel and the other on her sacral region. Due to the nursing home staff’s negligent care, her ulcers rapidly progressed to stage 4 within just two months of showing up. The ulcer on her left heel became infected, and the infection reached her left heel bone. The ulcer on her sacral region also became infected, and the bacteria proved resistant to antibiotics. Our client passed away due to sepsis brought on by these infected pressure ulcers. Our legal team demonstrated that the nursing home’s negligence contributed to our client’s deterioration. The staff did not provide her with a low-pressure mattress or institute a turning/repositioning program. Furthermore, they did not take effective measures to keep our client from lying on her back. The case was settled for $175,000.

$150,000.00 – We represented a 69 year-old nursing home resident who had been rendered nonverbal and bedridden due to a stroke. Our client’s wife one day noticed that his foot had been wrapped up and wounded. She contacted us, and we investigated the nursing home’s care. It turned out that our client had hurt himself after falling off his broken bed. The nursing home staff failed to prevent our client from falling and neglected to care properly for the wound to his lower left extremity. As a result, this wound became severely infected, and our client had to undergo an amputation of his left leg above the knee. Our team methodically built a case against this negligent nursing home and ultimately obtained $150,000 for our client.

$150,000.00 – We represented a 79 year-old man who had developed multiple decubitus ulcers while under care at a nursing home. Our team managed to show that the nursing home staff had been negligent in many regards. First, the staff did not turn and reposition our client as is typically required for bedridden patients. In addition, the staff did not monitor his nutrition accurately; as a result, our client’s albumin levels dropped to a critically low level. Finally, after pressure ulcers appeared on our client, the staff did not institute proper measures to ensure that the ulcers did not get worse. As a result, the ulcers quickly advanced to stage 4, weakening our client’s immune system and contributing to his death. We won damages of $150,000 for our client’s estate.

$300,000.00 maximum coverage settled for client by Senior Associate Attorney of Malman Law, Cory M. Boyer. The client was an employee of AT&T when he tripped and fell in the yard due to a garden hose covered by snow where he was installing cable. The client suffered serious injuries including a severe knee injury and can no longer commit himself to his previous daily activities, including work and playing like he once did with his children. In addition to this, a cane now needs to be used to support him. The case was settled through verdict of arbitration.

The total medical bills of the client were $81,000. Due to Cory Boyer’s aggressive fight, the client will be able to cover his medical expenses and lost wages.

$300,000.00 Judgment obtained by attorney Terrence E. Davey at the Law Offices of Steven J. Malman & Associates, P.C., for client whose medical bills totaled $46,487.50. The client suffered a “slip and fall” accident on an oily surface in the garage of a homeowner. The negligent property caused the plaintiff to suffer a severe injury of his right shoulder. The diagnosis was a rotator cuff tear that required months of physical therapy. 

This is just a small sampling of the thousands of cases we have resolved.

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