Steven A. Berman
Steve Berman has over 20 years of experience in the area of personal injury litigation, including trying, as first chair attorney, over 60 personal injury jury trials throughout the state of Illinois, including Cook, DuPage, DeKalb, Federal District Court Northern District of Illinois, Lake, LaSalle, McHenry, McLean, Winnebago, and Whiteside counties. Three of these trials resulted in jury verdicts in excess of insurance policy limits when insurers had refused to settle prior to trial. With Anesi Ozmon since 1998, he has also briefed and argued before the First, Second, and Third District, Illinois Appellate Courts. Steve is a dedicated litigator who stops at nothing to achieve success and significant awards for his clients. He has been consistently named as one of the Leading Lawyers in Illinois for personal injury attorneys.
Steve has an impressive track record of achievements. He has obtained many significant settlements and verdicts for his clients, including:
- $2.5 million jury verdict for a union electrician who injured his knee requiring arthroscopic surgery after he twisted his knee coming down from a ladder while working at a UPS packaging facility, when the UPS package cart bumped into his ladder. The Defendant offered $125,000 prior to trial to settle the case which was rejected.
- 2.25 million total package settlement for union laborer who was injured during a tunneling project when rocks and slag fell onto him, cracking his hard hat and injuring his neck.
- $1.9 million total package settlement for a union iron worker who slipped on unsafe ground conditions on a construction site in Putnam County suffering a herniated disc and requiring discectomy surgery and pain management.
- $1.7 million total package settlement for a union ironworker who injured his back in a slip and fall while working to secure metal decking on a steel roof at a jobsite in Vermillion County.
- $1.75 million settlement for a student who had suffered a severe concussion when an inflatable amusement ride malfunctioned at a post-high school prom event. Our client was struck in the head with a chain when the apparatus came apart, and he continues to suffer from migraine headaches as a result of his head injury.
- $1.5 million total package settlement for a union ironworker who injured his shoulder while manually installing angle iron from a man lift.
- $1.5 million total package settlement for a union painter who injured his knee while climbing an old wooden affixed ladder on a jobsite in Chicago.
- $1.23 million total package settlement for a union carpenter who suffered an ulnar nerve injury when tripped and fell on unsafe ground conditions and struck his elbow on form work he was going to install.
- $1,228,594 jury verdict for a union bricklayer who suffered a fractured tibia, requiring surgical repair, when the scaffold he was on collapsed along with the brick wall he was working on due to high winds. Defendant’s offer of $25,000 to settle prior to trial was rejected.
- $1 million settlement for a carpenter who suffered a lumbar herniated disc, requiring fusion surgery, when he fell off the side of a job-made staircase that was not equipped with a proper railing system. This settlement included a continuation of medical benefits, from Workers’ Compensation insurance coverage, for any potential future surgeries that may be necessary.
- $749,441 jury verdict in LaSalle County for union laborer who received an electric shock when the crane he was working near struck an overhead power line and as a result needed to have his little finger amputated. Defendant offered $100,000 which was rejected.
- $725,000 settlement for a union laborer who suffered a crushed hand while moving materials at the Exelon Power Station in LaSalle County.
Slip and Fall / Motor Vehicle:
- $2.5 million settlement for a man working as a “flagman” when a large truck rolled over his lower leg causing the leg to be amputated.
- $950,000 settlement for a semi-truck driver who was rear-ended by another truck while in traffic on I-80. He sustained a herniated disc which required surgery and continuing chiropractic care.
- $668,750 settlement for pedestrians who were struck while crossing Aurora Avenue in Naperville by a Naperville Police Officer. The Village of Naperville argued that it was immune from suit under the law. It filed multiple motions to dismiss which were defeated.
- $440,000 settlement for a union ironworker apprentice who injured her back requiring an IDET procedure when she slipped and fell on water on the floor at a Jewel food store in DuPage County;
- $437,000 total package settlement for a union painter who suffered a torn rotator cuff of his shoulder in a fall from an improperly placed ladder on a job site;
- Over $415,000 total package settlement for a union ironworker who twisted his back when he slipped while carrying rebar on slick decking on a Will County job site;
- $375,000 total package settlement for a union painter who cut his leg when he tripped and fell at a job site, resulting in a MRSE infection of the cut;
- $365,250 settlement for a woman who injured her wrist resulting in CRPS/RSD in a slip and fall on a City of Chicago sidewalk;
- $300,000 settlement for a low back and neck injury due to a motor vehicle collision at an intersection with a FedEx truck;
- $277,000 total package settlement for a laborer who sustained an electric shock on a job site when the underground utility wires on site were negligently located and marked and he struck an underground power line while digging;
- $255,000 settlement for a woman who slipped and fell on ice in a parking lot and broke her ankle;
In addition, Steve has successfully appeared before the Appellate Court in the state of Illinois in a significant case upholding the rights of all injured victims who slip and fall on ice. In the case Russell v. the Village of Lake Villa, the trial court dismissed the Plaintiff’s case because it found that the Plaintiff’s injury was caused by ice that was considered to be a natural accumulation under previous case law. Steve appealed and the Appellate Court reversed and found that where unsafe plowing procedures cause ice to form, that ice is not a natural accumulation.
Areas of Practice
- Personal Injury Litigation
- 90% of Practice Devoted to Litigation
- Illinois, 1994
- U.S. District Court Northern District of Illinois, 1994
- Chicago-Kent College of Law, Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago, Illinois
- J.D. – 1994
- Bradley University
- B.S. – 1991
Professional Associations and Memberships
- Illinois Trial Lawyers’ Association
- Illinois State Bar Association
- American Association for Justice
- Chicago Bar Association