Steve Crandall

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Medical Malpractice Attorney in Cleveland, OH

 | 600 Superior Avenue, Suite 1300
Cleveland, OH 44114
Phone: 877-686-8879
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2009 - 2018
Licensed Since: 1994
Practice Areas:
  • Personal Injury - Medical Malpractice: Plaintiff (50%),
  • Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff (50%)
Attorney Profile

Steve Crandall is a trial lawyer with experience, integrity and who provides his client's results.  Steve has been ranked in the Top 10 of all Ohio lawyers by Super Lawyers in 2012 and 2017, a Top 100 Super Lawyer 2009-2017, Top 50 in Cleveland 2009-2017 and a Top 5 Super Lawyer in Cleveland in both 2012 and 2017.   A former medical malpractice defense lawyer, Steve has taken over a hundred cases to verdict and has amassed some of the most impressive results in the history of Ohio, including:

  • $20M settlement for a personal injury 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
  • $5.5M settlement in Huron County for a commercial trucking accident
  • $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 four 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
Lawyer Practice Area Pie Chart

Personal Injury - Medical Malpractice (50%): Medical Malpractice, Birth Injury

Personal Injury - General (50%): Personal Injury - Plaintiff, Wrongful Death, Construction Accident, Brain Injury, Trucking Accidents

Focus Areas

Personal Injury - Medical Malpractice: Medical Malpractice, Birth Injury

Personal Injury - General: Personal Injury - Plaintiff, Wrongful Death, Construction Accident, Brain Injury, Trucking Accidents


Selected to Super Lawyers for 10 yearsbottom-image

Super Lawyers: 2009 - 2018

Certificates and Credentials

  • National Board of Trial Advocacy

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About Steve Crandall

Admitted: 1994, Ohio

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Honors and Awards:

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

Special Licenses/Certifications:

  • Certified Civil Trial Litigator, National Board of Trial Advocates, Recertified in 2016.

Bar/Professional Activity:

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

Scholarly Lectures and Writings:

  • 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
  • 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
  • "Medical Malpractice Trial Tactics" Cleveland Marshall Law School, Lecturer, 2011
  • Speaker, 10th Annual Conference on Fetal Monitoring, Las Vegas, Nevada, Symposium Medicus, 2009
  • Speaker, 9th Annual Conference on Fetal Monitoring, Las Vegas, Nevada, Symposia Medicus, 2008
  • Speaker, 8th Annual Conference on Fetal Monitoring, Las Vegas, Nevada, Symposia Medicus, 2007
  • 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, 10th Annual Winter Conference on Obstetrics and Gynecology: Clinical Practice and Liability Issues, Symposia Medicus, 2006
  • Speaker, 7th Annual Conference on Fetal Monitoring, Las Vegas, Nevada, Symposia Medicus, 2006
  • Speaker, How to Win a Civil Trial, Las Vegas Nevada, PESI Continuing Legal Education, 2005
  • Speaker, 6th Annual Conference on Fetal Monitoring, Las Vegas, Nevada, Symposia Medicus, 2005
  • Speaker, Medical Risk Management for the Medical Protective Company in 1997, 1999 and 2000
  • Speaker, 11th Annual Winter Conference on Obstetrics and Gynecology in 2007

Verdicts and Settlements:

  • $4M-Failure to diagnose sepsis leading to significant injuries and inability to work., 2017
  • $4.5M-surgical error leading to partial paralysis and inability to work and independently care.  , 2016
  • $4.25M Surgical error leading to partial paralysis, inabiity to work and future medical damages., 2016
  • $2M, Medical Negligence, failure to prevent respiratory arrest leading to anoxic brain damage., 2016
  • $3M, Failure to appropriately diagnose and perform surgery., 2016
  • $1.2M, medical malpractice, failure to diagnose an infection., 2016
  • $4M Medical Malpractice, failure to diagnose respiratory arrest after surgery.   , 2015
  • $2.150M medical malpractice, failure to diagnose condition leading to partial paralysis, 2015
  • $875K, medical malpractice, stroke after medication change., 2015
  • $1.85M for wrongful death, Medical Malpractice after orthopedic surgery., 2015
  • $20.5M settlement for a personal injury claim., 2014
  • $7.7M verdict in Cuyahoga County for a man who lost sight in his left eye after surgery., 2014
  • $3M settlement for a man injured after a commercial truck pulled in front of him while he was riding his motorcycle, 2013
  • $2.25M settlement for a woman who bled to death after a cardiac procedure., 2013
  • $750,000-Injuries to a young boy by hospital, 2012
  • $2.2M - Death of a woman after child birth., 2012
  • $2.45M-Injuries to a young girl by hospital., 2011
  • $750,000-Verdict for the Death of a young man, 2011
  • $650,000 - Death after surgery, 2011
  • $650,000 - Heart damage after arrest, 2011
  • $2M - Brain injury after respiratory arrest, 2011
  • $1M - Death after Bariatric Surgery, 2010
  • $8.5M - Settlement for girl brain damaged by negligence in Hospital, 2010
  • $3.5M - Death of woman after infection, 2009
  • $4.5M - Brain damage of child after procedure, 2006
  • $4.6M - Death of woman after delivery of infant, 2004
  • $4.65M - Brain damaged infant at delivery, 2004
  • $3M - Verdict for man injured after Gastric Bypass surgery, 2004
  • $10M - Verdict for paralyzed man after surgery, 2004
  •  $425K – Cleft palate repair-related medical malpractice
  • $465K – Medical malpractice resulting in a still birth
  • $1.25M – Wrongful death caused by saddle pulmonary embolism due to medical malpractice
  • $4.5M – Medical malpractice brain injury
  • $650K – Bariatric surgery medical malpractice resulting in punctured bowel, sepsis and wrongful death
  • $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
  • $5.5M – Collision causing traumatic brain injury, intubation, ventilation, fractured shoulder, ribs and pelvis
  • $950K – Wrongful death resulting from medical malpractice misdiagnosis
  • $465K – Medical malpractice resulting in a still birth
  • $1.2M -- Wrongful Death After Stress Test
  • $400K -- Missed Diagnosis of Blood Clot in Leg Case
  • $1.1M -- Delay in Diagnosis and Treatment of Tongue Cancer Case
  • $5.3M -- Confidential result for a neurologically impaired twin. 
  • $3.9M -- Confidential resolution on behalf of a child with Cerebral Palsy from the birth process.
  • $1.9M – Medical malpractice resulting in HIE (hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy)

Representative Clients:

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

Educational Background:

  • College of Rochester, B.A. in Political Science, 1990
Office Location for Steve Crandall

600 Superior Avenue
Suite 1300
Cleveland, OH 44114

Phone: 877-686-8879


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Last Updated: 8/25/2017

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