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Steve Crandall

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Medical Malpractice Attorney in Cleveland, OH

Crandall & Pera Law, LLC
850 Euclid Avenue, Suite 1122
Cleveland, OH 44114
Phone: 877-686-8879
Fax: 440-600-2253
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2009 - 2022
Licensed in Ohio Since: 1994
Practice Areas: Personal Injury - Medical Malpractice: Plaintiff, Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff
Attorney Profile

Steve Crandall is a trial lawyer with experience, integrity, who provides tremendous service and results for his clients.  Steve is highly respected in his industry having been ranked in the Top 10 of all Ohio lawyers by Super Lawyers in 2012, 2017, 2020, 2021, Top 3 in 2022, a Top 100 Super Lawyer for twelve (12) consecutive years, 2010-2022, Top 50 in Cleveland 2009-2020, 2021, 2022 and a Top 5 Super Lawyer in Cleveland in 2012, 2017, 2019, 2021 and 2022.   As a former medical malpractice and insurance defense lawyer, in 2021 Steve took over a hundred cases to verdict on the defense side before switching his practice to exclusively representing plaintiffs.   Since that time, and utilizing the knowledge and skills he learned as a defense lawyer, Steve has been incredibly successful as a plaintiff's lawyer.   He has amassed some of the most impressive results in the history of Ohio, including:

  • $20M settlement for a personal injury case
  • A $15M settlement for a medical negligence case.
  • $10M verdict in Lucas County for a surgical error
  • $8.5M settlement in Hamilton County for failure to diagnose an infection
  • $7.7M verdict in Cuyahoga County for an eye injury
  • A $5.9M settlement in an accident case in Franklin County.
  • $5.5M settlement in Huron County for a commercial trucking accident
  • $5.2M settlement for a personal injury matter
  • $4.65M settlement for a birth trauma case
  • $4.6M settlement for the death of a mother during delivery
  • $4.5M settlement for a child brain damaged during a radiology study

Steve was the primary trial counsel on numerous cases which remain the largest known verdicts or settlements in that county’s history, including Lucas, Miami, Franklin and Allen counties, as well as a trucking case which is believed to be one of the largest settlements for a personal injury case in the history of the Ohio.

Results like these come from the knowledge and experience Steve obtained when he worked as a defense lawyer, which when combined years of trying cases in various courtrooms throughout Ohio and Kentucky, provides you with a balanced and experienced attorney. Steve is always on the front lines with his clients: he’s the lawyer who sits with you and your family in your living room, the lawyer who picks up his cell phone when you call, and the lawyer who battles by your side in the courtroom. That’s because your case, your needs and your life mean something to him, even long after your lawsuit is resolved. You can see just how strong a bond Steve forms with his clients by reading their own words about him here.


Steve has always practiced in the area of malpractice and injury cases, but he began his career defending doctors, administrators and trucking companies against liability claims. In 2001 Steve changed the focus of his practice to representing injured individuals and their families against the same insurance industry he once represented. This experience has been instrumental to Steve’s success in representing injured clients and their families. Steve knows how the other side will evaluate, defend and attempt to win their case against you. This allows Steve to anticipate the defense’s tactics and, in many cases, investigate and formulate truthful and powerful arguments to win your case.


When he’s not in the office, Steve spends his time with his wife and five children and visiting his close-knit family who are spread throughout upstate New York and Ohio. Steve volunteers his time coaching his four kids in various sports each year and watching his beloved Cleveland Cavaliers. Because he believes that everyone should do their part to strengthen the community, Steve participates in numerous public service projects at his children’s schools and on behalf of

Practice Areas
  • 50%Personal Injury - Medical Malpractice: Plaintiff
  • 50%Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff
Focus Areas

Medical Malpractice, Birth Injury, Personal Injury - Plaintiff, Wrongful Death, Construction Accident, Brain Injury, Trucking Accidents


14 Years Super Lawyers
  • Super Lawyers: 2009 - 2022

Certificates and Credentials

About Steve Crandall

First Admitted: 1994, Ohio

Professional Webpage:


  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers, American Trial Lawyers Association, 2008 - 2016
  • I was named Lawyer of the Year in Medical Negligence for NE Ohio by Best Lawyers in America.   , Lawyer of the Year-Medical Malpractice-2019 in NE Ohio, Best Lawyers of America, 2019
  • AVVO.COM rating of 10/10 and listed as an AVVO "Pro"
  • Life Member, Million Dollar and Multimillion Dollar Advocates
  • American Institute of Personal Injury Attorneys, 10 Best in Ohio 2014-2016
  • Platinum Member, Elite Lawyers of America, 2009-2016
  • Martindale-Hubbell 5.0/5.0, "Pre-eminent Lawyer" Rating, Highest Rating Available
  • Best Lawyers in America, by US News and World Report, 2015-2017

Representative Clients

  • To help individuals and families against the medical industry, pharmaceutical industry and in cases regarding accidents and negligence of various kinds.

Bar/Professional Activity

  • Cuyahoga County Bar Association
  • Board Member, Cleveland Academy of Trial Attorneys (CATA), 2008 - 2015
  • Ohio State Bar, November, 1994
  • Academy of Trial Attorneys
  • American Association for Justice, 2009, 2010
  • Board of Trustees, Ohio Association for Justice, 2009 - 2010
  • Ohio State Bar Association
  • Member of the American Board of Trial Advocates 2010-2015
  • The Cleveland Bar Association
  • Federal Court, Northern District of Ohio, 1994

Educational Background

  • College of Rochester, B.A. in Political Science, 1990, 1990

Scholarly Lectures/Writings

  • Speaker, 10th Annual Conference on Fetal Monitoring, Las Vegas, Nevada, Symposium Medicus, 2009
  • I was the author of a chapter, titled "Both Sides of the Fence" in a healthcare book organized and edited by Patricia Rullo.   it is on sale now on Amazon.   , Author of Chapter "Both Sides of the Fence.", Highway to Heart: A Healthcare Anthology, Healthcare Book, Healthcare And Patient Wellbeing, 2020
  • Author in textbook Titled "Highway to Heart, Humor and Honesty in Healthcare" and radio segment as well.   Title of Chapter called "Both Sides of the Fence.", Author of Chapter in Textbook, Highway to Heart, Humor and Honesty in Healthcare, Chapter Title "Both Sides of the Fence.", Healthcare, 2020
  • I was asked to present at the OAJ Annual Spring Convention, to the Medical Negligence section., Speaker and Presenter, Social Media and Jury Selection , OAJ Annual Spring Convention, Ohio Trial Lawyers, 2018
  • Speaker, How to Win a Civil Trial, Las Vegas Nevada, PESI Continuing Legal Education, 2005
  • 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 in 2007
  • Speaker, Medical Risk Management for the Medical Protective Company in 1997, 1999 and 2000
  • "Medical Malpractice Trial Tactics" Cleveland Marshall Law School, Lecturer, 2011
  • Conducted a statewide research project, through the use of focus groups, on various issues facing trial lawyers in Ohio.   Presentation, along wtih 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 for the website "What to Expect When You're Expecting," which is an informational website designed to help guide expectant mothers through pregnancy and birth.   (see  This stand alone site provides information, examples, videos and ample citations for futher 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.    , Co-Creator and Senior Editor, Co-Creator and Senior Editor, 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


  • $2.75M. Death after a misdiagnosis leading to death in a Kentucky Hospital., 2020
  • $685K.   Arm injury leading to decreased ability to work and function., 2022
  • $4M.  Brain injury due to negligent surgery leading to inability to work and take care of daily activities. , 2022
  • $15M  Failure to appropriately test for a bacterial infection leading to sepsis, septic shock and amputation/brain damage.   , 2022
  • $2M.   Death after delay in diagnosis of cancer. , 2021
  • $3.25M.   Inadequate supervision and intervention in child abuse case. , 2021
  • $2.5M. Death after surgical and post-operative errors., 2021
  • $4M. Birth injury after delivery leading to brain damage., 2021
  • $5.2M.  Paralysis and injuries after a car crash., 2020
  • $1M. Improper care leading to amputation of leg, 2019
  • $750K.  Failure to timely diagnose cancer leading to spread and likely death. , 2020
  • $625K Improper post-operative care leading to lower extremity foot drop., 2020
  • $1.1M. Improper ER care leading to death, 2019
  • $750K  Improper chiropractic adjustment leading to stroke, 2019
  • $2.75M.  Improper care leading to death. , 2019
  • $2.1M Failure to diagnose bleeding post-operatively. , 2019
  • $1M.  Improper care leading to permanant injuries., 2019
  • $750K.   Wrongful death after multiple office visits resulting in missed diagnosis., 2019
  • $950K.  Wrongful death from blood clots into lungs after ER visits and hospital stay., 2019
  • $450K.  Death from post surgical care after litigation., 2018
  • $650K.  Death after automobile carsh, after litigation.  , 2018
  • $450K.  Death after surgery, after litigation. , 2018
  • $750K.  Stillborn death after litigation, 2018
  • $750K.  Death after cardiac surgery after litigation., , 2018
  • $1.750K.  Death from post surgical errors after litigation, 2018
  • $750K.  Death from clots traveling to lungs after litigation. , 2019
  • $2.0M. Brain injury post cardiac surgery to a foreign national visiting US for medical care., 2018
  • $2.5M. Neurologic injuries after surgery.   Resolution after substantial litigation and just before trial., 2018
  • $2.9M  Birth injury resolution after litigation.   , 2018
  • 960,000 auto accident resulting in death of a 76 year old woman., 2017
  • $650K – Bariatric surgery medical malpractice resulting in punctured bowel, sepsis and wrongful death
  • $3M - Verdict for man injured after Gastric Bypass surgery, 2004
  • $1.2M, medical malpractice, failure to diagnose an infection., 2016
  • $400K -- Missed Diagnosis of Blood Clot in Leg Case
  • $4.65M - Brain damaged infant at delivery, 2004
  • $3M, Failure to appropriately diagnose and perform surgery., 2016
  • $1.2M -- Wrongful Death After Stress Test
  • $3.5M - Death of woman after infection, 2009
  • $4M-Failure to diagnose sepsis leading to significant injuries and inability to work., 2017
  • $5.5M – Collision causing traumatic brain injury, intubation, ventilation, fractured shoulder, ribs and pelvis
  • $750,000-Verdict for the Death of a young man, 2011
  • $5.3M -- Confidential result for a neurologically impaired twin. 
  •  $425K – Cleft palate repair-related medical malpractice
  • $2.25M settlement for a woman who bled to death after a cardiac procedure., 2013
  • $650K – Bariatric surgery medical malpractice resulting in punctured bowel, sepsis and wrongful death
  • $8.5M - Settlement for girl brain damaged by negligence in Hospital, 2010
  • $875K, medical malpractice, stroke after medication change., 2015
  • $1.25M – Wrongful death caused by saddle pulmonary embolism due to medical malpractice
  • $650,000 - Death after surgery, 2011
  • $4M Medical Malpractice, failure to diagnose respiratory arrest after surgery.   , 2015
  • $625K – Medical malpractice leading to kidney failure, heart attack, wrongful death
  • $4.5M - Brain damage of child after procedure, 2006
  • $4.25M Surgical error leading to partial paralysis, inabiity to work and future medical damages., 2016
  • $950K – Wrongful death resulting from medical malpractice misdiagnosis
  • $750,000-Injuries to a young boy by hospital, 2012
  • $2M - Brain injury after respiratory arrest, 2011
  • $465K – Medical malpractice resulting in a still birth
  • $7.7M verdict in Cuyahoga County for a man who lost sight in his left eye after surgery., 2014
  • $1.1M -- Delay in Diagnosis and Treatment of Tongue Cancer Case
  • $10M - Verdict for paralyzed man after surgery, 2004
  • $1.85M for wrongful death, Medical Malpractice after orthopedic surgery., 2015
  • $4.5M – Medical malpractice brain injury
  • $650,000 - Heart damage after arrest, 2011
  • $2.150M medical malpractice, failure to diagnose condition leading to partial paralysis, 2015
  • $525K – Medical malpractice leading to stage 4 cancer metastasis in brain, back, liver, bowels
  • $4.6M - Death of woman after delivery of infant, 2004
  • $2M, Medical Negligence, failure to prevent respiratory arrest leading to anoxic brain damage., 2016
  • $465K – Medical malpractice resulting in a still birth
  • $2.2M - Death of a woman after child birth., 2012
  • $4.5M-surgical error leading to partial paralysis and inability to work and independently care.  , 2016
  • $1M - Death after Bariatric Surgery, 2010
  • $1.9M – Medical malpractice resulting in HIE (hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy)
  • $3M settlement for a man injured after a commercial truck pulled in front of him while he was riding his motorcycle, 2013
  • $3.9M -- Confidential resolution on behalf of a child with Cerebral Palsy from the birth process.
  • $2.45M-Injuries to a young girl by hospital., 2011
  • $20.5M settlement for a personal injury claim., 2014


  • “Mr. Crandall is an accomplished attorney who provides skilled representation to his clients and maximizes results on their behalf.”
  • “We've had nothing but success whenever we've co-counseled with Steven and his firm. Beyond excellent at medical malpractice and all things Personal Injury.”
  • “Steve is a sought-after medical malpractice lawyer. He's respected by the defense, and for good reason. He's is well regarded throughout the State of Ohio for his ability to get outstanding results for his clients.”
  • “Remains the best trial lawyer in Ohio”
  • “My respect for Steve as a Plaintiff's lawyer is utmost. I have known him for years and consider him one of the best around. ”
  • “Steve is one of the best personal injury lawyers in Ohio.”
  • “The best medical malpractice lawyer I have had the pleasure to work with and against. He is a true gentleman and is always up for a challenge.”
  • “Steve is one of the sharpest legal minds I have ever encountered. He is tenacious and can see through the tough issues to get his clients the best possible results. He is one of the very few attorneys I would trust with a complex medical malpractice case for a friend or relative.”
  • “Steve is a top flight attorney. He is extremely knowledgeable on the law, very skillful in court and a dedicated, compassionate and fearless advocate.”
  • “He remains the best lawyer I've ever seen!”
  • “Finest trial lawyer I've had a case against.”
  • “Steve remains the best trial lawyer I've ever seen.”
  • “Steve remains the best medical negligence lawyer I have ever seen.”
  • “Simply amazing attorney.”
  • “Masterful trial lawyer”
  • “Very talented and successful as a medical malpractice attorney”
  • “excellent attorney. As good as anyone in the state.”
  • “Steve is a great lawyer who becomes personally vested in the cases he takes on.”
  • “Steve is a top tear trial lawyer. He is a strong advocate in the courtroom. I respect his skill tremendously.”
  • “One of the most effective and professional lawyers I have met.”
  • “Remains the best trial lawyer I've ever seen.”

These comments were made by fellow attorneys during the annual nomination process.

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Office Location for Steve Crandall

850 Euclid Avenue
Suite 1122
Cleveland, OH 44114

Phone: 877-686-8879

Fax: 440-600-2253

Last Updated: 5/18/2022

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