Steve Crandall

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Steve Crandall

STEVE CRANDALL

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Steve Crandall is licensed to practice in Kentucky, Ohio and various Federal Courts. His focus in representing you is to ensure you know what happened, why it happened and holding those responsible for the mistakes that changed your life. You will have quick access to Steve at all times and, as former clients can attest to, he is your lawyer for life.

Steve Crandall has been a top trial lawyer in Ohio and Kentucky for over 27 years. Steve has been rated as a Top 100 Lawyer in Ohio by Super Lawyers Magazine for over thirteen years, a Top 10 Lawyer multiple times, as well as being awarded the Medical Malpractice Lawyer of the Year in 2019 by Best Lawyers in America.

By hiring Steve Crandall as your lawyer for any medical negligence, personal injury, wrongful death or birth injury lawsuit, the other side will immediately know your case has merit and that you have hired a smart, tough trial lawyer with proven results.

Steve’s verdicts and settlements include a $20.5M personal injury settlement; a $10M verdict in Lucas County for a surgical error; an $8.5M settlement in Hamilton County for failure to diagnose an infection; a 2014 $7.7M verdict in Cuyahoga County for an eye injury; a $5.5M settlement in Huron County for a commercial trucking accident; a $4.65M settlement for a birth trauma; and numerous other multi-million dollar verdicts and settlements throughout Ohio and into Kentucky. Steve has been primary trial counsel on numerous verdicts which remain the largest known verdicts in that county’s history including Lucas, Miami, Lake and Allen County, Ohio.

Steve has authored a chapter in a book title “Highway to Heart” that was published in 2020. The title of Steve’s chapter is “Both Sides of The Fence”. Steve was interviewed about the book, his interview can be found here. (link to): (https://patientsafetyradio.com/stephen-crandall/)

Diverse Training Benefits Your Case

Steve began his career as a defense lawyer defending medical malpractice, cerebral palsy, insurance defense and product liability claims.

As a defense lawyer, Steve tried over 100 cases to verdict throughout Ohio on behalf of many insurance companies and hospitals. In 2001, Steve took this experience and changed the focus of his practice to representing injured individuals and their families against the same insurance and medical industries he once represented. This experience in the courtroom, combined with the knowledge of how the insurance industry evaluates claims, makes Steve a unique lawyer to hire for your case.

When you hire Steve Crandall, you are hiring a lawyer adept at evaluating both sides of your case. This allows the best representation by combining the experience of a courtroom litigator with the vision of how to present your case’s strengths and weaknesses most effectively to the insurance companies and hospitals for settlement or a jury for a verdict.

Proven Results

Since becoming a Plaintiff’s lawyer in 2001, Steve has been primary counsel on many of the largest verdicts and settlements in Ohio. Steve has also participated in various products liability claims, including Vioxx, Ortho Evra and Chantix litigation, as well as medical malpractice, birth injury, commercial trucking negligence, construction negligence and major personal injury claims. Many of Steve’s verdicts remain the largest in a number of Ohio counties along with countless multi-million dollar settlements in the areas of malpractice, trucking crashes, birth injury, brain damage and wrongful death.

Steve Crandall is licensed to practice in Kentucky, Ohio and various Federal Courts. His focus in representing you is to ensure you know what happened, why it happened and holding those responsible for the mistakes that changed your life. You will have quick access to Steve at all times and, as former clients can attest to, he is your lawyer for life.

Steve Crandall has been a top trial lawyer in Ohio and Kentucky for over 27 years. Steve has been rated as a Top 100 Lawyer in Ohio by Super Lawyers Magazine for over thirteen years, a Top 10 Lawyer multiple times, as well as being awarded the Medical Malpractice Lawyer of the Year in 2019 by Best Lawyers in America.

By hiring Steve Crandall as your lawyer for any medical negligence, personal injury, wrongful death or birth injury lawsuit, the other side will immediately know your case has merit and that you have hired a smart, tough trial lawyer with proven results.

Steve’s verdicts and settlements include a $20.5M personal injury settlement; a $10M verdict in Lucas County for a surgical error; an $8.5M settlement in Hamilton County for failure to diagnose an infection; a 2014 $7.7M verdict in Cuyahoga County for an eye injury; a $5.5M settlement in Huron County for a commercial trucking accident; a $4.65M settlement for a birth trauma; and numerous other multi-million dollar verdicts and settlements throughout Ohio and into Kentucky. Steve has been primary trial counsel on numerous verdicts which remain the largest known verdicts in that county’s history including Lucas, Miami, Lake and Allen County, Ohio.

Steve has authored a chapter in a book title “Highway to Heart” that was published in 2020. The title of Steve’s chapter is “Both Sides of The Fence”. Steve was interviewed about the book, his interview can be found here. (link to): (https://patientsafetyradio.com/stephen-crandall/)

Diverse Training Benefits Your Case

Steve began his career as a defense lawyer defending medical malpractice, cerebral palsy, insurance defense and product liability claims.

As a defense lawyer, Steve tried over 100 cases to verdict throughout Ohio on behalf of many insurance companies and hospitals. In 2001, Steve took this experience and changed the focus of his practice to representing injured individuals and their families against the same insurance and medical industries he once represented. This experience in the courtroom, combined with the knowledge of how the insurance industry evaluates claims, makes Steve a unique lawyer to hire for your case.

When you hire Steve Crandall, you are hiring a lawyer adept at evaluating both sides of your case. This allows the best representation by combining the experience of a courtroom litigator with the vision of how to present your case’s strengths and weaknesses most effectively to the insurance companies and hospitals for settlement or a jury for a verdict.

Proven Results

Since becoming a Plaintiff’s lawyer in 2001, Steve has been primary counsel on many of the largest verdicts and settlements in Ohio. Steve has also participated in various products liability claims, including Vioxx, Ortho Evra and Chantix litigation, as well as medical malpractice, birth injury, commercial trucking negligence, construction negligence and major personal injury claims. Many of Steve’s verdicts remain the largest in a number of Ohio counties along with countless multi-million dollar settlements in the areas of malpractice, trucking crashes, birth injury, brain damage and wrongful death.

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TESTIMONIALS

“When my family and I met Steve, he was compassionate and caring. He made us feel very important and it showed. Steve generally cared and he truly cared about my father…”

Honors & Awards

  • Top 3 Ohio Attorneys, Ohio Super Lawyer, 2022 – 2023
  • Best Lawyers in America, 2011 – 2023
  • Litigator of the Year, American Institute of Trial Lawyers, 2019
  • Top 10 Attorney, Ohio Super Lawyer, 2012, 2017, 2020, 2021, 2022, 2023
  • Top 100 Attorney, Ohio Super Lawyer, 2009 – 2023
  • Top 5 Attorney, Cleveland Magazine, 2010, 2012, 2017, 2021, 2023
  • Top 50 Attorney, Cleveland Magazine, 2008 – 2015, 2017, 2019 – 2023
  • Ohio Rising Star-Top Lawyers Under Age 40, 2005
  • 5.0/5.0, Pre-eminent Lawyer Rating, Martindale-Hubbell
  • 10/10 AVVO.COM Rating and listed as an AVVO “Pro”
  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers, National Trial Lawyers, 2008 – 2019
  • Lawyer of the Year, Plaintiff’s Medical Malpractice, US News & World Report, 2017, 2019
  • Life Member, Million Dollar and Multimillion Dollar Advocates
  • 10 Best in Ohio, American Institute of Personal Injury Attorneys, 2014 – 2019
  • Platinum Member, Elite Lawyers of America, 2009 – 2016

Areas Of Practice

  • Medical Negligence
  • Personal Injury
  • Wrongful Death
  • Birth Injury

Pro Bono Activities

  • EndDistractedDriving.org

Specialties and Certifications

  • Board Certified Trial Attorney, National Board of Civil Trial Advocates

Education

  • University of Dayton School of Law, Dayton, Ohio, 1994
    J.D.
  • Nazareth College, 1990
    B.A.
    Major: Political Science

Bar Admissions

  • Ohio, 1994
  • Kentucky, 2011
  • U.S. Court of Federal Claims, 2017
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Ohio, 1994

Professional Associations & Memberships

  • American Board of Trial Advocates (Member)
  • The National Trial Lawyers, Motor Vehicle Trial Lawyers Association (Member)
  • Cleveland Academy of Trial Lawyers, 2009 – 2015 (Board Member)
  • Ohio Association of Justice, 2009 (District Representative)
  • Ohio Association of Justice (Member)
  • Life Member of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum (Life member)
  • Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum (Life Member)
  • Elite Lawyers of America (Platinum Member)
  • Cuyahoga County Bar Association
  • Academy of Trial Attorneys
  • American Association for Justice, 2009 – 2010
  • Ohio State Bar Association
  • The Cleveland Bar Association

Classes / Seminars

  • Annual Winter Conference on Obstetrics/Gynecology, 2008
  • Speaker, How to Win a Civil Trial, Las Vegas Nevada, PESI Continuing Legal Education, 2005
  • Medical Malpractice Trial Tactics, Cleveland Marshall School of Law, 2011
  • Expert Witness Presentation at Trial, Ohio State Bar Association, 2013
  • End Distracted Driving, EndDD.org, 2015
  • Annual Winter Conference on Clinical Issues, OB/GYN, 2008
  • How to Win a Civil Trial, Ohio Academy of Trial Lawyers
  • How to Win a Civil Trial, Cleveland Academy of Trial Attorneys
  • Focus Groups in Ohio, Ohio Association of Justice Spring Convention, 2016
  • The effects of Social Media on Jury Selection and Jury Verdicts, Ohio Association of Justice Annual Convention, Medical Malpractice Section, 2018
  • Speaker, 10th Annual Conference on Fetal Monitoring, Las Vegas, Nevada, Symposium Medicus, 2009
  • Presenter, OAJ Annual Spring Convention, Medical Negligence section, 2018
  • Speaker and Presenter, Social Media and Jury Selection, OAJ Annual Spring Convention, Ohio Trial Lawyers, 2018
  • Speaker, 10th Annual Winter Conference on Obstetrics and Gynecology: Clinical Practice and Liability Issues, Symposia Medicus, 2006
  • Speaker, Tort Reform and the Present Climate, Columbus, Ohio, Ohio Academy of Trial Lawyers Annual Convention, 2006
  • Speaker, Medical Malpractice- Damages in Tort Reform , Cleveland Ohio, Cleveland Academy of Trial Attorneys, 2006
  • Speaker, 11th Annual Winter Conference on Obstetrics and Gynecology, 2007
  • Speaker, Medical Risk Management for the Medical Protective Company, 1997, 1999 and 2000
  • Lecturer, “Medical Malpractice Trial Tactics” Cleveland Marshall Law School, 2011
  • Conducted a statewide research project, through the use of focus groups, on various issues facing trial lawyers in Ohio. Presentation, along with trial consultant Becky Jones from Smith-Jones Consulting, to the Spring Annual Convention for the Ohio Association of Justice. Focus Group Research for Trial Lawyers, Ohio Association For Justice, 2016
  • Co-Creator and Senior Editor, “What to Expect When You’re Expecting,” which is an informational website designed to help guide expectant mothers through pregnancy and birth. (see www.pregnancyandbirth.com) This stand alone site provides information, examples, videos and ample citations for further reading to expectant moms nationwide regarding subjects ranging from the early stages of pregnancy, what testing to ask for, as well as birth and birth injury avoidance, 2016
  • Speaker, 6th Annual Conference on Fetal Monitoring, Las Vegas, Nevada, Symposia Medicus, 2005
  • Speaker, 7th Annual Conference on Fetal Monitoring, Las Vegas, Nevada, Symposia Medicus, 2006
  • Speaker, 8th Annual Conference on Fetal Monitoring, Las Vegas, Nevada, Symposia Medicus, 2007
  • Speaker, 9th Annual Conference on Fetal Monitoring, Las Vegas, Nevada, Symposia Medicus, 2008

Representative Cases

  • $20.5M settlement for a personal injury claim, 2014
  • $15M outcome for failure to diagnose strep throat leading to septic shock, brain damage and multiple amputations
  • $4M outcome for negligent surgery choice by neurosurgeon resulting in brain stem damage
  • $4.9M outcome for driver left of center causing paralysis and inability to work.
  • $2M outcome for failure to operate on infection leading to lower extremity paralysis.
  • $2.5M outcome for failure to operate on herniated disc leading to paraplegia.
  • $10M verdict for paralyzed man after surgery, 2004
  • $8.5M settlement for girl brain damaged by negligence in Hospital, 2010
  • $7.7M verdict in Cuyahoga County for a man who lost sight in his left eye after surgery, 2014
  • $5.5M, Collision causing traumatic brain injury, intubation, ventilation, fractured shoulder, ribs and pelvis
  • $5.3M, Confidential result for a neurologically impaired twin
  • $4.65M, Brain damaged infant at delivery, 2004
  • $4.6M, Death of woman after delivery of infant, 2004
  • $4.5M, surgical error leading to partial paralysis and inability to work and independently care, 2016
  • $4.5M, Medical malpractice brain injury
  • $4.5M, Brain damage of child after procedure, 2006
  • $4.25M Surgical error leading to partial paralysis, inability to work and future medical damages, 2016
  • $4M, Failure to diagnose sepsis leading to significant injuries and inability to work, 2017
  • $4M Medical Malpractice, failure to diagnose respiratory arrest after surgery, 2015
  • $3.9M, Confidential resolution on behalf of a child with Cerebral Palsy from the birth process
  • $3.5M, Death of woman after infection, 2009
  • $3M, Failure to appropriately diagnose and perform surgery, 2016
  • $3M, Verdict for man injured after Gastric Bypass surgery, 2004
  • $3M settlement for a man injured after a commercial truck pulled in front of him while he was riding his motorcycle, 2013
  • $2.9M, Birth injury resolution after litigation, 2018
  • $2.5M, Neurologic injuries after surgery, Resolution after substantial litigation and just before trial, 2018
  • $2.45M, Injuries to a young girl by hospital, 2011
  • $2.25M settlement for a woman who bled to death after a cardiac procedure, 2013
  • $2.2M, Death of a woman after child birth, 2012
  • $2.150M medical malpractice, failure to diagnose condition leading to partial paralysis, 2015
  • $2.0M, Brain injury post cardiac surgery to a foreign national visiting US for medical care, 2018
  • $2M, Brain injury after respiratory arrest, 2011
  • $2M, Medical Negligence, failure to prevent respiratory arrest leading to anoxic brain damage, 2016
  • $1.9M, Medical malpractice resulting in HIE (hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy)
  • $1.85M for wrongful death, Medical Malpractice after orthopedic surgery, 2015
  • $1.25M, Wrongful death caused by saddle pulmonary embolism due to medical malpractice
  • $1.2M, medical malpractice, failure to diagnose an infection, 2016
  • $1.2M, Wrongful Death After Stress Test
  • $1.1M, Delay in Diagnosis and Treatment of Tongue Cancer Case
  • $1M, Death after Bariatric Surgery, 2010
  • $950K, Wrongful death resulting from medical malpractice misdiagnosis
  • $875K, medical malpractice, stroke after medication change, 2015
  • $750K, Stillborn death after litigation, 2018
  • $750K, Death after cardiac surgery after litigation, 2018
  • $750K, Death from clots traveling to lungs after litigation, 2019
  • $650K, Death after automobile crash, after litigation, 2018
  • $650K, Bariatric surgery medical malpractice resulting in punctured bowel, sepsis and wrongful death
  • $625K, Medical malpractice leading to kidney failure, heart attack, wrongful death
  • $525K, Medical malpractice leading to stage 4 cancer metastasis in brain, back, liver, bowels
  • $465K, Medical malpractice resulting in a still birth
  • $450K, Death from post surgical care after litigation, 2018
  • $450K, Death after surgery, after litigation, 2018
  • $425K, Cleft palate repair-related medical malpractice
  • $400K, Missed Diagnosis of Blood Clot in Leg Case
  • $1.750K, Death from post surgical errors after litigation, 2018
  • 960,000 auto accident resulting in death of a 76 year old woman, 2017
  • $750,000, Verdict for the Death of a young man, 2011
  • $750,000, Injuries to a young boy by hospital, 2012
  • $650,000, Heart damage after arrest, 2011