Chicago Personal Injury Lawyer

Steven J. Seidman

Chicago Personal Injury Attorney

Attorney at Law Magazine’s Chicago Personal Injury Local Legal Authority.

Steven J. Seidman

Chicago Personal Injury Attorney

Chicago Personal Injury Lawyer

Attorney at Law Magazine’s Chicago Personal Injury Local Legal Authority.

Steven J. Seidman

Steven J. Seidman is the founder and partner of Seidman Margulis & Fairman LLP, a Chicago personal injury law firm.
How Steven became a lawyer. Steven’s father owned a building in Chicago that he leased to the State of Illinois for the Department of Unemployment Security. The alderman of the ward didn’t want this in his neighborhood. 

“There was a concerted attempt to keep the lease from going through. My father’s attorney was able to keep the lease. Seeing how the ‘little guy’ prevailed despite the political landscape my father was against, drew me to practice law.”

While attending the University of Illinois, Steven worked as a clerk for a law firm. Every day, he saw clients coming in who had been taken advantage of in some way or another. 

“I saw people were not well-versed in law and needed help. It motivated me to become an attorney.”

Steven ended up clerking for the same firm through law school.

Why Steven chose to practice personal injury law. In law school, Steven was able to get his temporary law license to practice as a law student. He worked at the DePaul University College of Law legal clinic. 

He was able to go to court and help people on their cases. At the same time, he continued clerking for the same personal injury firm that first sparked his desire to pursue law school. From day one he was involved in injury cases. 

Steven knew the practice of personal injury was for him when he clerked for a federal magistrate judge and the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Chicago. In those positions, he was exposed to other practices. 

“Injury work always interested me because it involved contact with people at their worst times. What you can try to do for people is to help them through nightmares and attempt to bring some stability (including financial) to them.”

Steven’s philosophy for personal injury law. For Steven, “the size” of a case is not relevant. He understands that each matter is equally large and important to the individual experiencing it. 

Additionally, Steven doesn’t shy away from taking a case to trial. “Sometime a jury or judge needs to make the decision.”

The origins of Seidman Margulis & Fairman LLP. Steven began his career at a busy personal injury firm. He was fortunate to get immediate trial experience. In fact, it was often “trial by fire” where Steven had to prepare a case with very little time. 

“That experience was invaluable.”

He then moved onto a larger corporate firm where he built out the personal injury section. He was able to practice his own philosophy when it came to injury cases. 

Thirty-five years ago, he founded his own firm, which today is known as Seidman Margulis & Fairman LLP. “I have tried to instill a philosophy that integrity and hard work are cornerstones of what we do.”

The highlight of Steven’s workday. “No day is the same and every day is challenging from many different perspectives. The ability to solve problems and be involved with people is very satisfying.”

Steven in the community. Steven serves on the board of trustees of American Heroes Group, which deals with veteran issues. “Veterans served our country and made it what it is today. They are now faced with myriad legal issues daily. It’s my honor to help where I can.”

Steven’s proudest accomplishment. For Steven, he feels most accomplished while helping the “little guy.” I have been blessed with the ability to help working people and those injured through no fault of their own. That ability is the greatest accomplishment that verdicts cannot measure.”

Steven outside the office. “My family is everything to me and any extra time I have is spent with them.”

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What Is a Chicago Personal Injury Attorney?

As you go about your daily routine, it’s likely you will come across scenarios where you could suffer an injury. Maybe you are grocery shopping, dining at your favorite restaurant, or driving in your car. A Chicago personal injury attorney represents those who have been injured because of another party’s carelessness, negligence, or willful disregard of others. These wrongful acts are more formally referred to as torts. When you suffer harm as a result of another party, you shouldn’t have to shoulder the financial burden which often accompanies an injury because of medical expenses and lost wages. A licensed personal injury attorney in Chicago can help you seek the compensation you deserve in civil court. Although personal injury attorneys deal with tort law, they often specialize in one or more areas. The following list is not exhaustive but includes three broad types of cases Chicago personal injury lawyers handle on a day-to-day basis.

Traffic Accident Injury Cases

Each year, the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA) estimates more than six million traffic collisions are reported to law enforcement, including more than 35,000 fatal crashes, and about 2.5 million injuries. A skilled Chicago accident attorney can help investigate your accident and build a strong case against the defense to hold at-fault drivers accountable. Traffic accidents can include truck accidents, motorcycle accidents, bicycle accidents, and pedestrian accidents. When high speeds are involved, victims who are lucky enough to live through an accident, potentially face lifelong complications.

Premises Liability Injury Cases

In all 50 U.S. states, property owners have the legal obligation to maintain a safe environment for those who visit their business and home. Although exact laws vary from state to state, when a property owner fails to uphold his legal obligation and someone suffers an injury, courts often find the owner liable for damages in civil court. Premises liability accidents include a wide variety of accidents based on location and the type of injury. Victims might get injured at a swimming pool, a theme park, on an elevator, at a shopping mall, and many other locations. The most common type of premises liability accident is a slip-and-fall injury or a trip-and-fall injury. In fact, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports the most common cause of traumatic brain injuries, besides traffic accidents, is unintentional falls.

Product Liability Injury Cases

The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) records and maintains millions of complaints of injuries caused by defective products each year. A defective product might have a manufacturing defect, a design defect, or a marketing defect, which occurs when companies don’t warn consumers of dangerous products or provide proper instructions. When a known or unknown defect causes injury to a consumer, courts can hold any party in the product’s chain of distribution liable for damages. The CPSC is concerned with all types of household items, sports equipment, toxic and flammable chemicals, toys, and much more, but they do not serve as a watchdog for the automotive industry or the pharmaceutical. Defective airbags and defective tires have been a common cause of injury or death, as well as dangerous drugs.

Contact a Chicago Personal Injury Attorney Right Away

With how many fatalities and injuries happen every year due to personal injury accidents, it is good to have a Chicago personal injury attorney on dial in your time of need. Many accidents have a procedure to follow to guarantee you the best results in your case. Don’t trust your knowledge, schedule a free consultation today.

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What clients in Chicago are saying about
Steven J. Seidman

Seidman Margulis & Fairman, LLP
Based on 23 reviews
My experience was an amazing experience with them they were on top of everything. Very friendly and professional as well.
Prepared Trucker
Prepared Trucker
02:38 12 Mar 21
Steven seidman is great attorney and person.he saved workers comp case after another attorney made a mess of it.steve is verry responsive to calls and email. Unlike most attorney he will not sell you a dream he will tell you the truth. Also he will fight for you. He is the man you need by your side. So glad I found him. thank you Steven seidman.
steven marshall
steven marshall
19:07 08 Jan 21
I was in a terrible car accident a year ago. Steve Seidman and Melanie Fairman handled my case. My husband and I had no idea what to do. This law office gave us incredible guidance at a great cost. Both Melanie and Steve were just absolutely amazing. They were professional and incredibly knowledgeable. Most importantly they truly cared. They were invested in not only my case but my recovery as well. They cared about my well being as much as my doctors. It made me feel safe and comfortable letting them handle everything while I got to focus on my recovery. It also allowed my husband to focus on work, managing the house, bills, and on me. This law group makes themselves available to answer questions and concerns. I didn’t feel like I constantly had to wait for a call back or reply. I got one right away. Everyone in the office is so friendly. This was an overwhelmingly great experience with a spectacular group of people. I would recommend them to anyone in need of assistance. They know the law and how to explain it to their clients in order for them to be involved and understand what is going on. I would trust them with any case and I am extremely grateful for everything they did for me. I am a teacher and my husband work in vallet. We are just regular people, but we felt like VIP’s throughout this experience.
Michelle LeBlanc
Michelle LeBlanc
15:42 07 Dec 20
Mr. Margulis and co are some top notch guys. I had an injury years ago and Me. Margulis helped put a case together. Helped with any questions I had and kept me posted on any developments. I’d definitely recommend him.
Josh Randolph
Josh Randolph
20:49 15 Oct 20
From the moment I met Mr. Steve Seidman in his Deerfield office I knew I found a great person and attorney to help me, and it had nothing to do with him being a Cubs fan. Mr. Seidman was then and has been throughout my entire claim, nothing but professional, kind, and compassionate toward my situation. While also calling to update me on the progress of my claim, Mr. Seidman has called to see how I was feeling on several occasions, displaying sincere caring about both myself and my family. While people often like to make light of the legal profession, it is like everything in life, some experiences are incredible, while others not so much. I can wholeheartedly recommend Mr. Seidman and his firm for one’s legal needs. In my previous career, I dealt with attorneys on a regular basis. Mr. Seidman is at the top of the list when talking about the hundreds of attorneys I have encountered. Kind, compassionate, professional and above all, a super nice person. As I am one not easily impressed, it did not take long to realize what a wonderful person I had to help me through a difficult time in my life. Need an attorney? Look no further than Mr. Steve Seidman. He's the best!!!!
Mick G.
Mick G.
18:21 15 Sep 20

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