Steinberg, Goodman & Kalish

Steinberg, Goodman & Kalish


Firm Overview

Steinberg, Goodman & Kalish Law Firm - Chicago, Illinois

Dedicated to protecting injured victims and their families since 1931.

Steinberg, Goodman & Kalish is located in Chicago, Illinois. We handle several different types of cases, including personal injury, medical malpractice, birth injuries, auto and vehicle accidents, nursing home neglect, construction injuries and premises liability.

We Focus On Quality Client Relationships
Our lawyers represent clients in every level of the Illinois state court system and the federal court system, and we have represented clients in many other states.
The cornerstone of our success is the quality relationship that we maintain with clients. Clients are treated with integrity and respect for their needs, goals and objectives. We focus on intelligent legal representation and pledge to listen to and communicate with clients.

We use the latest technology and cost-effective methods to provide services in a professional and friendly atmosphere.

Protecting You and Your Loved Ones Since 1931
Steinberg, Goodman & Kalish was founded in 1931 as Steinberg & Polacek, making it one of the oldest plaintiffs' law firms in Illinois. For more than 70 years, we have been dedicated to protecting injured victims and their families. Each attorney, and the firm, is AV-rated*, which is the highest rating for legal ability and professional ethical standards awarded by Martindale-Hubbell, a national legal directory.

Steinberg, Goodman & Kalish represents clients in significant injury and wrongful death cases involving aviation accidents, railroad injuries and train accidents, medical malpractice, motor vehicle accidents, nursing home negligence and abuse, product liability, professional malpractice, and slip-and-fall accidents. We have experience and expertise with serious personal injuries resulting from these types of accidents or negligent acts, including birth trauma, brain damage and spinal cord injuries.

We represent clients at every level of the Illinois state and federal court system, and we have also represented clients in surrounding states. Our firm has obtained record setting and multimillion-dollar verdicts and settlements, and, in cases before the Illinois Appellate and Supreme Court, we have established important precedents to benefit the victims of negligence.

A Reputation Built On Success
Our success in representing clients has helped us establish and maintain an excellent reputation within the legal community. Steinberg, Goodman & Kalish is a law firm to which other attorneys refer serious and complex personal injury and wrongful death cases.
Each case is important to us, and we strive to provide each client with personal attention and individual service. We are experienced in preparing and managing a case through all stages of the legal process, including investigation, filing, litigation, mediation, trial and appeal. We are selective about the cases we accept in order to ensure that we are able to devote the time, energy and attention that each matter requires and deserves.

If you have suffered personal injury as the result of another person's negligence or wrongdoing, contact Steinberg, Goodman & Kalish in Chicago, Illinois, today to schedule a free and confidential case evaluation. We look forward to hearing from you soon.

*AV Preeminent and BV Distinguished are certification marks of Reed Elsevier Properties Inc., used in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies. Martindale-Hubbell is the facilitator of a peer review rating process. Ratings reflect the confidential opinions of members of the bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell ratings fall into two categories: legal ability and general ethical standards.
Main Office
Main Office
20 N. Clark Street Suite 3100
Chicago  IL  60602
  • 312-782-1386
  • 312-782-6739
Medical Malpractice
Medical malpractice and medical negligence can have devastating consequences for the victim and his or her family. In many cases of medical negligence, the victim is unable to work and is faced with the mounting cost of medical bills. The negligence and medical malpractice attorneys at our Chicago firm, Steinberg, Goodman & Kalish, help victims receive the compensation they need to focus on recovery. Contact us today for an evaluation of your case.

About Medical Negligence
All healthcare providers have a responsibility to provide adequate and appropriate treatment. When a healthcare provider fails to provide the appropriate treatment, and the patient suffers injury as a result, the healthcare provider may be held liable for medical negligence. Our Chicago medical malpractice lawyers have many years of experience representing victims, and they are committed to helping victims receive just compensation for their injuries.

What is medical malpractice?
Medical malpractice, or medical negligence, is a branch of personal injury law that describes a situation where a patient suffers an injury because his or her healthcare provider did not follow the accepted standard of care. In medical negligence cases, the standard of care is defined as the actions or measures that a reasonable healthcare provider would have taken under similar circumstances.

Medical malpractice covers a wide range of claims, including, but not limited to, nursing home abuse and neglect, birth injury, such as cerebral palsy, failure to diagnose or misdiagnosis of a disease, complications during surgery or with anesthesia, failing to properly treat a condition or disease, and prescribing the wrong medication.

A healthcare provider can commit medical negligence by failing to do something that should have been done, such as ordering the appropriate tests, or by doing something that should not have been done, such as performing an unnecessary medical procedure.

If you believe that you have been the victim of medical negligence or malpractice, contact our attorneys in Chicago today to schedule a consultation.

What do I need to prove in order to receive compensation for my medical malpractice claim?

In general, medical malpractice victims must prove four things:
The healthcare provider had a responsibility to the patient to provide the appropriate treatment
The healthcare provider did not provide the appropriate treatment

The patient suffered an injury
The patient's injury was caused by the healthcare professional's failure to provide the appropriate treatment

Medical negligence cases can be difficult to prove, so it is important to have experienced legal representation that can help you gather and sort through the evidence of your case. In order to prove that the healthcare provider deviated from the standard of care, you may need to have a doctor to testify as an expert witness. This can be difficult, because many healthcare professionals are unwilling to testify against their peers in medical malpractice cases. It is also important to obtain your medical records, which will help you prove that the healthcare provider's negligence caused your injuries.

Our Chicago medical malpractice attorneys can help you take the appropriate steps toward proving your case. If you have been injured by medical negligence in and around the Chicago area, contact Steinberg, Goodman & Kalish today.

Medical Malpractice and Medical Negligence FAQs
Below are some frequently asked questions and answers provided by our medical malpractice (medical negligence) attorneys. The Chicago law firm of Steinberg, Goodman & Kalish is prepared to take your case; contact us today and we will be happy to answer your questions and concerns.

Q: How common is medical malpractice?
A: According to the Institute of Medicine (IOM) report "To Err Is Human: Building a Safer Health System," experts estimate that as many as 98,000 people die in any given year from medical errors that occur in hospitals. That means more people die as a result of medical errors than from car accidents, breast cancer, or AIDS!

Q: Can I file a medical malpractice claim against someone other than a doctor?
A: A medical malpractice claim can be brought against any person or entity that provides care, including doctors, nurses, surgeons, technicians, dentists, physical therapists, optometrists, and hospitals.

Q: What is informed consent?
A: Any time a doctor is going to perform a medical procedure, he or she must first advise the patient of the procedure and the potential outcomes and obtain his or her consent. If a doctor fails to gain consent, he or she could be held legally liable for medical negligence. There are certain circumstances that do not require informed consent, such as emergency situations where the patient is unconscious and a family member cannot be reached.
Nursing Home
Unfortunately, nursing home abuse and nursing home neglect have become all too common. Many nursing home staff members are underpaid and lack the necessary training, resulting in inadequate and subpar care. If you or a loved one has been the victim of nursing home abuse or nursing home neglect in Chicago or its surrounding area, our nursing home abuse attorneys can help.

Nursing Home Abuse
Nursing home abuse occurs when a caretaker intentionally causes pain, harm, or suffering. Nursing home abuse includes physical abuse, sexual abuse, and emotional abuse:

-Physical abuse: This form of nursing home abuse includes slapping, hitting, scratching, shoving, force-feeding, and excessive forms of restraint.
-Sexual abuse: This form of nursing home abuse includes sexual assault or battery, inappropriate touching, or any nonconsensual sexual activity.
-Emotional abuse: This form of nursing home abuse can be verbal or nonverbal and includes threatening, scolding, cursing, ignoring, humiliating, or intimidating a resident.

If your loved one has been the victim of nursing home abuse in Chicago or the surrounding area, contact our nursing home abuse attorneys today. We can provide legal guidance and help you pursue compensation on behalf of your loved one.

What are the signs of nursing home abuse?
There are several signs and symptoms of nursing home abuse, including, but not limited to:
-Bruises, welts, lacerations, cuts, or open wounds
-Broken or fractured bones
-Signs of being restrained
-Sudden changes in behavior

Identifying the signs of nursing home abuse requires careful observation. Many residents have a limited capacity to communicate, so it is important to visit the residence frequently and at different times of the day. If you suspect that your loved one is suffering from nursing home abuse in the Chicago area, do not hesitate to contact our Chicago nursing home abuse attorneys to discuss your concerns.

Nursing Home Neglect
Nursing home neglect occurs when a caretaker fails to fulfill his or her duty to a resident. Nursing home neglect includes physical neglect, medical neglect, and failure to prevent and assist:
Physical neglect: This form of nursing home neglect includes poor bathing techniques, lack of toileting, and incorrect body positioning.
Medical neglect: This form of nursing home neglect includes a failure to provide appropriate medical care, poor access to medical aid, and the administration of improper medication.

Failure to prevent and assist: This form of nursing home neglect includes a failure to assist the resident in eating, drinking, bathing, or toileting, ignoring cries for help, and isolation.
If you suspect that your loved one is suffering from nursing home neglect in and around the Chicago area, contact our Chicago nursing home neglect lawyers today.

What are the signs of nursing home neglect?

There are several signs and symptoms of nursing home neglect, including, but not limited to:
-Loss of weight
-Bed sores or pressure sores
-Dehydration or malnutrition
-Poor hygiene
-Untreated health problems
-Unsanitary living conditions

If you have witnessed the symptoms of nursing home neglect in your loved one or in another resident of the facility, contact the Chicago nursing home abuse attorneys of Steinberg, Goodman & Kalish today.

Nursing Home Abuse and Neglect FAQs
Learn more about nursing home abuse and nursing home neglect below. If you have questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact the Chicago law firm of Steinberg, Goodman & Kalish.

Q: Who do I call if I suspect nursing home abuse or neglect?
A: If you suspect that your loved one is in immediate danger, call the police right away. If there is no immediate danger, but you suspect nursing home abuse or nursing home neglect has occurred, you can alert your state's ombudsman, the Department of Health, or the administrator of the facility. Finally, you should contact the Chicago nursing home abuse attorneys of Steinberg, Goodman & Kalish. We can advise you of your rights and ensure that your loved one is removed from danger.

Q: Are there other forms of elder abuse besides nursing home abuse and neglect?
A: Yes, there are other forms of elder abuse, including abandonment and financial exploitation. All forms of elder abuse should be taken seriously and reported immediately.

If you or your loved one has suffered the effects of nursing home neglect or nursing home abuse in Chicago, Illinois, contact our Chicago nursing home neglect lawyers to schedule a consultation and begin your case. To protect your right to file a claim, we urge you to retain our legal counsel as soon as possible.
Product Liability
When a worker is injured by an unsafe or defective product, he or she can pursue compensation through a products liability claim. Products liability claims involve identifying design defects, manufacturing defects and other negligence. Product designers, manufacturers and even retailers may be held liable for the injuries incurred. The lawyers at Steinberg, Goodman & Kalish have extensive experience handling products liability claims and protecting the rights of those injured by defective products.

Were you injured at work by a defective product? Contact Steinberg, Goodman & Kalish to schedule your free consultation.

Were you injured in a work-related product accident?
Our personal injury attorneys handle third party products liability claims. For example, a construction worker who is injured on the job by defective machinery or equipment may be entitled to pursue a products liability claim in addition to workers compensation. Types of defective products can include the following among others:
-Production belts
-Cable reels
-Hose reels
-Forklifts and Cranes,
-Scaffolding and Ladders
-Nail guns
-Insufficient warnings or instructions
-Lack of appropriate guards and controls

Steinberg, Goodman & Kalish can thoroughly analyze the injury claim and identify the responsible party or parties. Depending on when and where the defect occurred, the designer, manufacturer, distributor or retailer may be held responsible. Products undergo in-depth research, development and quality control prior to reaching consumers. When people are injured by defective products, our firm can find the particular point where negligence has occurred.

Did you sustain a serious injury from a defective product?
Products liability claims can involve serious injuries such as brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, amputations and de-gloving. These serious injuries generally require future medical treatment, physical therapy, future surgeries and special accommodations to the home. Our firm seeks fair compensation that helps our injured clients adjust to their new financial needs.

Fatal Defective Product Accidents
If you have lost an immediate family member in a products liability accident, we extend our condolences. Steinberg, Goodman & Kalish can answer your questions regarding a wrongful death claim and seek compensation for your family's economic and non-economic losses.

Bruce D. Goodman

Personal injury and medical malpractice attorney Bruce Goodman has been with Steinberg, Goodman & Kalish since he was admitted to the Illinois Bar in 1974, and he has been its principal since 1980. Mr. Goodman practices in the areas of personal injury, product liability, and medical malpractice. He represents children and adults in cases against physicians, hospitals, nursing homes, and other health care providers. He has handled a wide variety of drug and product liability claims, including L-tryptophan and Copper 7 litigation. He also represents clients in product liability, construction, aviation, and automobile cases. Bruce Goodman has obtained many multimillion-dollar settlements and verdicts for his clients. He obtained the largest verdict ever awarded in Kankakee County, Illinois.

Bruce Goodman is a frequent lecturer on trial techniques and advocacy for several professional organizations in Illinois. He is the author of Trying the Soft Tissue Injury Case in Illinois.
Bruce Goodman has been named as a "Leading Illinois Attorney" and is rated AV by Martindale-Hubbell.

Areas of Practice
-Personal Injury Law
-Product Liability Law
-Medical Malpractice

Litigation Percentage
-100% of Practice Devoted to Litigation

Bar Admissions
-Illinois, 1974
-U.S. District Court Northern District of Illinois
-U.S. Federal Courts, 1979
-U.S. Court of Federal Claims
-U.S. Court of Appeals 7th Circuit

-De Paul University College of Law, Chicago, Illinois
---J.D. - 1974
-University of Illinois
---B.A. - 1971

Published Works
-Trying the Soft Tissue Injury Case in Illinois

Honors and Awards
-AV Rated, Martindale-Hubbell
-Named as a "Leading Illinois Attorney"
-Ranked as a Top Lawyer in Illinois / Super Lawyer
-Listed as one of the "Top 100 Trial Lawyers" by the American Trial Lawyers Association

Professional Associations and Memberships
-Chicago Bar Association, Member
-Illinois State Bar Association, Member
-American Bar Association, Member
-Association of Trial Lawyers of America, Member
-Illinois Trial Lawyers Association, Medical Negligence Committee
-Illinois Trial Lawyers Association, Product Liability Committee
-Illinois Trial Lawyers Association, Member
-AAJ - Birth Trauma Litigation Group, Member
  • De Paul University College of Law
    Juris Doctorate

Ronald W. Kalish

Ron Kalish has been trial lawyer since 1992. In 1997, Ron began working as an associate at Steinberg, Polacek & Goodman representing individuals seriously hurt, injured or killed as a result of the negligence of others. In 2006, a new partnership was formed, and the firm name was changed to Steinberg, Goodman and Kalish. Although the name has changed, the firm continues to dedicate its efforts in obtaining compensation for victims and their families who have been injured due to the wrongful conduct of others.

Ron has handled and tried all types of personal injury cases including medical negligence, nursing home neglect, motor vehicle crashes, premises liability, and street and sidewalk cases against municipalities and common carriers. Ron has negotiated and settled many million dollar cases. Ron is rated AV by Martindale-Hubbell. Martindale-Hubbell rates over 100,000 lawyers nationwide. The AV rating is the highest rating possible under the Martindale-Hubbell rating system. The AV rating represents very high to preeminent legal abilities and the highest ethical standards. Less than 9 percent of the lawyers in the United States are rated AV.

In 2005, Ron was appointed to serve as a Member of the Tort Law Section Council of the Illinois State Bar Association. Over the years, Ron has been a lecturer and has provided continuing legal education to other attorneys in the areas of personal injury law. He has been on television and radio discussing personal injury law.

Ron gives back to the community by volunteering his time to an outreach program to the Chicago Public Elementary Schools called Lawyers in the Classroom coordinated by the Constitutional Rights Foundation.

Areas of Practice
-Personal Injury Law
-Medical Malpractice
-Products Liability
-Real Estate
-Financial Services Law

Bar Admissions
-Illinois, 1992
-U.S. District Court Northern District of Illinois, 1992

-John Marshall Law School, Chicago, Illinois
---J.D. - 1992
-Miami University
---B.S. - 1989

Honors and Awards
-AV Rated, Martindale Hubbell

Professional Associations and Memberships
-Illinois State Bar Association, Member
-Illinois Trial Lawyers Association, Member
-Chicago Bar Association, Member
-Association of Trial Lawyers of America, Member
-American Financial Service Association, Member, Law Committee
-Trial Lawyer for Public Justice
-Society of Trial Lawyers
  • John Marshall Law School
    Juris Doctorate

Bradley D. Steinberg

For nearly 40 years, personal injury and medical malpractice attorney Bradley Steinberg has represented victims of personal injury. His superior legal abilities have led to his being called upon by judges and other members of the bar for consultation. Bradley Steinberg has received many multimillion-dollar awards on behalf of his clients.

Year Joined Firm

Areas of Practice
-Personal Injury
-Products Liability
-Medical Malpractice Law

Litigation Percentage
-100% of Practice Devoted to Litigation

Bar Admissions
-Illinois, 1958

-Harvard University Law School, Cambridge, Massachusetts
---LL.M. - 1959
-Northwestern University School of Law, Chicago, Illinois
---J.D. - 1958
-Carleton College, Northfield, Minnesota
---B.A.cum laude - 1955
---Honors: Phi Beta Kappa
---Major: History

Honors and Awards
-AV Rated, Martindale Hubbell

Professional Associations and Memberships
-Illinois State Bar Association, Member

Past Employment Positions
-Justice Bristow, Chief Justice of Illinois Supreme Court, Law -Clerk, 1958 - 1959
  • Harvard University Law School