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In July 2007, 24 year old Sean Heflin fell from a second-floor porch railing at an apartment building and suffered a traumatic brain injury. He died a little over six months later.

Subsequently, his mother filed a Chicago wrongful death lawsuit to “focus attention on porch safety to avoid similar tragedies in the future,” according to her Chicago wrongful death attorney. The lawsuit “alleged that the porch railings were about 10 inches lower than the 42 inches required by the Chicago building code. The suit was brought against the apartment building’s owner and manager, Stammich Management,” according to the Chicago Tribune.

Ms. Heflin has been awarded $975,000 as a result of the Chicago wrongful death suit.

Traumatic Brain Injury

According to a 2010 report by the CDC, traumatic brain injuries are the cause of 52,000 fatalities and 1.7 million hospital visits every year. The report notes that TBI deaths make up nearly a third of injury-related fatalities in the US.


  • Men are more likely to sustain traumatic brain injuries than women.
  • 75% of TBIs are mild traumatic brain injuries, such as concussions.
  • 473,947 kids, ages 14 and under, visit US ER’s each year because of TBIs.
  • The 75 and older age group has the highest incidence rates of TBI deaths and hospitalization.
  • Adults (ages 65 and older), teenagers (ages 15 to 19), and kids (younger than age 5) are at highest risk of sustaining a TBI.
  • 35.2% of traumatic brain injuries occur during fall accidents.
  • 17.3% of TBIs occur during traffic crashes—the number one cause of TBI deaths.
  • 16.5% of TBIs happen because someone was hit by or struck an object.
  • Assaults cause 10% of TBIs.
  • The cause of 21% of TBIs remains unknown.

The Chicago, Illinois traumatic brain injury lawyers at Malman Law are familiar with the havoc, pain, and suffering that a TBI can wreak on the victim, family, and friends. Vision loss, memory problems, communication difficulties, chronic pain, seizures, motor control difficulties, aphasia, dysphasia, and coma are just some of the challenging effects of living with a TBI. In addition to the life-altering changes that can result, the financial costs of living with a TBI can be astronomical.

Additionally, many TBI victims suffer the ultimate consequence – death – as Sean Heflin did. It is so important that you obtain financial recovery from the party or parties responsible for the TBI. While no amount of money can bring back a loved one, you should be compensated for the medical expenses incurred as a result of a traumatic brain injury as well as your family’s pain and suffering.

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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