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An Oak Forest man appeared on the Chicago area auditions of “American Idol” this past week, and his story – his fiancé suffered a traumatic brain injury two months before their wedding day – was as touching as his performance. Chris Medina wowed the judges with his rendition of the Script’s “Breakeven”, and after hearing of his fiancé Juliana’s traumatic brain injury, they insisted on meeting the young woman who so inspired Medina.

Following the accident, doctors were skeptical about whether Juliana would ever wake up after her traumatic brain injury. However, she did wake up and Medina and Juliana’s mother act as her caretakers. Additionally, the Chicago Sun-Times reports that Medina “sings with local band the Able Body and is raising money for the Juliana Recovery Fund through the Laurus Foundation.”

He is truly committed to doing what he can for Juliana. Says Medina, “I was about to make vows just two months from the accident – through
thick and thin, ’til death do us part, for better or worse,” he said.
“What kind of guy would I be if I walked out when she needed me the

While this is certainly a tragedy, a brain injury lawyer in Chicago can tell you that traumatic brain injuries happen more often than they should. Traumatic brain injuries are often caused by accidents and have life changing consequences, as for Chris Medina and his fiancé.

Traumatic Brain Injuries

Traumatic brain injuries (TBI’s) are the result of the brain experiencing a sudden physical trauma like an accident. TBI’s frequently result in some or all of the following subsequent conditions:

  • Cognitive defects
  • Impaired language and speech
  • Vision and hearing impairment or loss
  • Paralysis
  • Emotional trauma (depression, irritability, aggression)
  • Death

Most people never fully recover from the effects of a traumatic brain injury. However, a personal injury lawyer in Chicago can assist traumatic brain injury victims and their families by lessening the burden of medical expenses. An experienced brain injury lawyer in Chicago can help traumatic brain injury sufferers and their families receive compensation for pain, suffering and medical expenses incurred as a result of their accident.

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  • 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.

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  • 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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