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WHY DO SERIOUSLY INJURED TEXANS HIRE US?

REPUTATION. EXPERIENCE. RESULTS.

Joe Stephens is a double board certified personal injury attorney who has recovered millions for clients in his 33 years of settling and trying serious injury and wrongful death cases.

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THROUGH THIS DIFFICULT TIME.

At The Stephens Law Firm, we are committed to delivering personalized legal services for our clients. As one of the most well known personal injury attorneys in Houston, Joe Stephens is renowned for his assertive and results driven approach. His focus is on ensuring each case is awarded the largest settlement that is deserved after the harm suffered by injury victims.

When your case demands an auto accident lawyer that will stand by your side and defend your rights, you can depend on The Stephens Law Firm.

Mr. Stephens Has Extensive Trial & Negotiation Expertise

Houston car accident attorney Joe Stephens has litigated and negotiated hundreds of cases for injury victims. He has the skill and legal dexterity to negotiation or litigate your case for the best results. He is well regarded by his colleagues at the Harris County Courthouse in Downtown Houston where he is known for his outstanding track record for injury settlements.

Joe Stephens Has Delivered Results for Hundred of Clients Just Like You

Joe Stephens consistently obtains the highest settlements and jury verdicts in Houston, Texas and across America. He works for the ordinary Houston, Texas person, and the insurance companies know his reputation for winning. Therefore, insurance companies will pay him the top dollar for settlements due to the risk of getting “leveled” at the court house. For example, he has obtained recoveries of $10 million, $8 million, $6.5 million, and $2.3 million (after reductions for legal fees and expenses) in some recent injury and wrongful death cases.

Joe Wrote the Book on Texas Accident and Injury Claims!

Actually, Joe has written three books: “A Survivor’s Legal Guide,” “The Texas Accident Bible” and “Hiring the Right Injury Lawyer.” A founding principle of The Stephens Law Firm is that anyone dealing with a personal injury or wrongful death case deserves access to high-quality legal advice. Joe has made these books available for free to the public, either via the website or by calling our office.

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Car Accidents

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When a motorist violates the rules of road and harms or kills others, that motorist and his insurance carrier is liable for paying the medical expenses, lost wages, and for suffering and impairment. Mr. Stephens employs the very best accident reconstructionists, and will help you get medical care if you do not have health insurance. The liability insurance carrier for the wrongdoer will owe for these expenses, and your payment for these medical providers can be deferred until you receive your settlement.

Joe Stephens has been chosen as a Million Dollar Advocate due to his numerous court house wins and settlement recoveries in excess of one million dollars for motor vehicle accidents and truck accident collision cases. He is considered the “go to” attorney whenever the insurance companies consider these claims. Automobile collisions occur when motorists do not follow Texas motor vehicle laws.

Car Accident Statistics

According to the National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration, (NHTSA) there are about 6,000,000 car accidents in the United States every year. About 40,000 folks are killed, and about 3,000,000 injuries in car accidents. According to NHTSA’s math, about 115 people die each day in car accidents–about one every 13 minutes. Worldwide, about 3,000 people die every year in car accidents according to the World Health Organization.

The Insurance Industry reports that folks who hire a lawyer receive about 3 ½ times more money in settlements than they do when they are not represented. (Insurance Research Council Study, 2004). If you compare my track record with the average lawyer in Houston, Texas, I hope you will find that I consistently achieve settlements, and verdicts substantially higher than the average lawyer. The day I cannot do a better job than the loud mouth lawyers who talk about how “tough and mean” they are is the day I plan to quit practicing law.

Mr. Stephens has two board certifications dealing with motor vehicle accident cases, called the Texas Board of Legal Specialization, and the National Board of Trial Advocacy. Fewer than one percent of the lawyers in Houston, TX have these qualifications. It is important that you call now or click below for a FREE CASE CONSULTATION because the wrongdoers insurance company is investigating the manner in which to defeat your claim while you wait.

Trucking Accidents

Commercial Trucking Accidents

When you've been involved in a semi-truck accident the experience can be both frightening as well as harmful, resulting in physical and emotional injuries. Truck drivers have a tough job - it requires long hours, driving through all types of weather and all hours of the day and night, and being constantly alert of nearby traffic. But there's no excuse for a truck accident to be caused by negligence of the driver. Driving while distracted, drowsy, or under the influence are all negligent acts which can lead to terrible consequences for others on the roadways.

Gathering the Evidence on Your Behalf

When you've been in an accident with a commercial truck, gathering evidence often isn't the first thought that comes to mind. In extreme cases injuries can be severe and lead to an incapacitated state. In such events it is up to your legal team to begin obtaining all evidence related to the accident including citations, photographs of the scene of the crash, transcripts of interviews, medical records and more.

It's your attorney's job to clearly prove negligence was at the heart of the accident which lead to your injuries and losses. Without an ample amount of evidence it will be difficult to convince a court of guilt and make any demands for compensation. The Stephens Law Firm will conduct an exhaustive investigation on your behalf to gather all the evidence necessary to present a strong case on your behalf.

Dealing With Trucking Insurance Companies

Commercial trucks usually carry multiple lines of insurance to cover different aspects of the trucking company, the trailer, the truck, and the driver. There may also be insurance specific to the type of materials the truck is hauling. This makes truck accidents more complicated than a typical car wreck.

As you can image, the trucking industry has it's own agents, adjusters, investigators and a team of defense lawyers at the ready to rebut any claims against their client. They often present damaged parties with settlement offers that are much lower than what they could be awarded had they hired an attorney.

If you've been injured due to negligence of a semi-truck driver, you need an attorney who has the experience and skills to provide the best possible representation for your case. You may be entitled to compensations for your injuries, vehicle damages, lost wages, and pain and suffering. Contact our office today - time matters!

Bus Accidents

Bus Accidents and Collisions

Every day Houston Metro buses are involved in approximately three accidents. In the year 2009, Metro buses were involved in well over 1,000 accidents. Houston Metro buses injured and killed hundreds of passengers, pedestrians, and motorists on the roads. Most of these accidents should never have occurred. Metro’s manner of dealing with these accidents is frightening. They allow their bus driver to investigate their own accidents. This is quite alarming, and is akin to the fox guarding the henhouse.

Bus Accident Violations

The Houston Chronicle reports that Houston Metro Bus drivers were issued an alarming 859 tickets for the past year. Most of the tickets were for speeding, but many were for brake, and equipment failure. Thus, Houston bus driving accidents are statistically inevitable, given the huge number of reckless bus drivers. They are needlessly endangering the pubic when they drive in a negligent and reckless manner. The law requires that they be held accountable when they cause injury and death.

Houston Injury Lawyer Joe Stephens Represents Bus Driving Accident Victims

In 26 years, I have handled multiple cases involving bus accident victims. I provide a FREE consultation, please call at 713 224 0000. Whatever you do, it is important that you get in touch with a board certified personal injury lawyer to help you with a bus accident injury claim. Bus accident claims adjustors who handle these claims in behalf of the bus companies are very aggressive, and experienced claims adjusters. They take pride in denying claims, and minimizing the amount of money that they pay. They are rarely fair when settling bus accident claims.

Legal Help for Bus Accident Victims in Houston and Across Texas

I can help whether you live Houston, Beaumont, Dayton, Liberty, Katy, Richmond, Rosenberg, Wharton, Corpus Christi, Austin, Brownsville, McAllen, Waco, El Campo, San Antonio, or anywhere else in Texas. I have 26 years of experience in handling bus driving accident cases and have the skill, and expertise to assist you."

Drunk Drivers

Drunk Driving Accidents

Joe Stephens has experience when it comes to accidents caused by a driver that was under the influence of alcohol. If you or someone you know has been injured or killed by a drunk driver, Joe Stephens will fight for you to get the compensation you deserve for this inexcusable accident. We will NOT represent DUI offenders. We only represent the victims that were injured by the drunk driver.

Drunk Driving Accidents are 100% Preventable

Unfortunately, the enormous efforts of the law and organizations such as Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) have not put an end to DUI collisions. These accidents don’t occur due to circumstances beyond the control of the drunk driver. They occur due to the negligence and deliberate dangerous driving of someone under the influence of alcohol. Victims and their families suffer daily from the result of the irresponsible behavior of the person who chose to get behind the wheel after consuming alcohol. These accidents are 100% avoidable.

Joe Stephens Represents Drunk Driving Collision Victims

Did a drunk driving accident cause you or a loved one to suffer from a severe injury in Texas? Want to find out what your rights are and whether you have a case? Want justice and compensation for your injuries? Want to stop this from happening to someone else? Call Joe Stephens. He will talk to you about your case and let you know where to start. That one call could be priceless.

Motorcycle Injuries

Accidents While Riding a Motorcycle 

Accidents that occur while operating a motorcycle can be some of the most dangerous and damaging due to the rider's vulnerability. It's not uncommon for riders to experience traumatic brain injury, back and spine injuries and devastation to lower limbs - any of which could result in a permanent disability or even death.

Serious Injuries Require Serious Representation

Most motorcyclist know they most be extremely alert and constantly vigilant while driving a motorcycle - scanning the road for distract drivers, those who don't see them, aggressive drivers and other negligence operators. Unfortunately, despite how aware you may be of your surrounds, another driver can cause a wreck in the blink of an eye. It's times such as these that you need expert legal counsel to ensure that you are justly compensated by the negligent parties and the insurance companies.

Distracted Drivers

Texting While Driving & Cell Phone Accidents

Distracted driving needlessly endangers the public. The State of Texas has passed distracted driving laws, and ten bills are before the legislature addressing texting and driving for the current 2011 session. About 80 % of the public now considers texting while driving to be a significant problem according to numerous surveys. Cell phone and texting distracts the eyes, and the mind. Scientists tell us that different parts of the brain are required when we talk or text, and therefore, we are unable to focus, even if our eyes are on the road.

Current law prohibits any drivers from using cell phones and texting while driving; other current law prohibits drivers from using handheld cell phones at a school crossing. Some cities such as San Antonio outlaw the activity in the city limits.

Even without the stricter Texas laws, a motorist has always been subject to liability if he fails to use ordinary care while driving a vehicle. Thus, if a driver has a wreck while texting and driving, the “law of negligence” will impose liability upon him.

Attorney Joe Stephens frequently handles motor vehicle accidents and car wrecks that were caused by a distracted driver. If someone has caused you or a loved one to become injured because they were talking on a cell phone, or texting and driving at the time of the incident, please get in touch with me at 713 224 0000 so that I can answer your questions and assist you with possible legal options.

Pedestrians

Pedestrian Involved Accident Lawyer

Being struck by a motor vehicle while on foot is much more common in Texas than people realize. In 2016 the State was ranked 8th in number of fatalities per year per 100k people. That's 2.44 deaths per 100,000 and this number doesn't even included those who were hit and only injured. The injuries inflicted by such accidents can be some of the most devastating of all auto related accidents due to the complete vulnerability of the victim. If the pedestrian is following the law, then being hit while walking is almost always a matter of negligence - too often by a distracted or drunk driver.

Negligence of Drivers

Like most vehicle accidents, distracted drivers are the number one cause of vehicle injuries involving pedestrians. The use of technology such as phones, GPS, and radios while operating a vehicle only serve to increase the chance of pedestrian strikes. Drivers failing to look for pedestrian when making turns in busy urban areas, running stop signs, swerving onto sidewalks, driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol or driving recklessly all present a danger to passers-by.

Unsafe or Poor Road Conditions

Negligent drivers aren't the only cause of pedestrian accidents. If an accident happens on privately owned property that doesn't provide adequate lighting, speed reduction devices, signage, or clear road markings, the owner may be liable for having left an enviornment that is dangerous for pedestrians.

Construction and School Zones

Texas law already requires that drivers slow down while passing any active construction zones for safety of the nearby workers. Too often drivers fail to heed the signs and a seriously dangerous situation exists for those working in the area.

School zones are another area where Texas laws have been implemented in an effort to protect the public, specifically children.

If you or a loved one was hit by a vehicle and you suspect negligence, there are laws that protect your rights and require compensation be made. Joe Stephens has decades of experience representing personal injury clients in all types of cases including pedestrian-involved accidents. Contact our office now to discuss your case and protect your rights.

Defective Parts

Houston Defective Vehicle Parts

When you drive your car you trust that all the components that make the vehicle work are made reliably, without defects. You place your trust in this fact as your speed down the highway at 70 miles per hour every day. So when a faulty auto part causes a serious injury or accident you are entitled to seek compensation.

Proving Liability or Breach of Warranty

The first step in pursuing a defective auto part claim is to demonstrate that personal injuries and losses were a result of a defect in manufacturing, design, or there was a failure to warn of potential issues. A product is considered "defective" if it fails to perform as ordinarily expected when used for the purpose it was designed. Defect car part claims come down to three issues: strict liability, breach of express warranty, and breach of implied warranty

Vehicle Recalls

Not all defective product lawsuits involve injury. If you suffer substantial loss or additional vehicle issues due to a product recall, you may be entitled to additional repairs and monetary damages.

Types of Defects

Defective auto components can fit into a wide range of categories. Some of the more dangerous defects include:

  • Defective Tires
  • Brake System Failure
  • Malfunctioning Airbags
  • Roof Collapse
  • Car Fire (Electronic and Fuel Line)
  • Defective Windshield
  • Seat Back Failure

Class Action Lawsuits

If your accident was due to a defective product that is already in class action we can assist you in adding yoru case to the suit. Like most of our personal injury cases, it cost nothing upfront to join a class action suit.

If you believe you have a product liability case then contact our office as soon as possible. If any of your claims are settled by 3rd parties or insurance companies BEFORE you file a lawsuit, it may affect your ability to pursue damages and recover.

Other Injuries

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Joe Stephens has tried over 100 Houston injury trials protecting the rights of the poor, the injured, the forgotten, and the downtrodden. His speciality in trying cases to a jury has earned him recognition across the country. He has won many important personal injury trials, including wrongful death, and serious injury cases. “Joe Stephens has been chosen by a blue ribbon panel as a ”Texas Super Lawyer” (2008,2009,2010). Only the best lawyers in the country are considered for this honor.

The Stephens Law Firm has recovered millions for its clients. Just any attorney will NOT do for a devastating truck accident, bicycle, car, or on the job injury. These complex cases include negligent security injuries, and require the best Houston accident lawyer. If you suffered an eye, burn, brain, or spinal cord injury, or if your are the victim of a wrongful death or dangerous drugs in your family, you or your loved ones may be entitled to damages/financial payment for lost wages, medical bills and emotional/physical pain and suffering. No Recovery, No Fee. Get justice here.

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The Houston Injury Lawyer That Other Lawyers Turn To

Joe Stephens is one of the best personal injury attorneys in Houston, Texas. He has handled hundreds of car accident cases, DWI auto accident cases, and 18 wheeler trucking accident cases. He has successfully tried or handled hundreds of serious injury or wrongful death cases in other areas of personal injury as well both, at trial and on appeal. Some say he is the most qualified lawyer in Houston. He has specialized in personal injury law handling car accident cases in Houston, Texas, for over 30 years. He is double board certified by Texas and National Boards to handle personal injury and civil trial litigation.

Mr. Stephens has been selected as a Texas Super Lawyer for well over a decade. He has authored three popular accident claim books, and is AVVO rated 10/10. He has frequently appeared on CNN, ABC, Fox, and NBC as a legal commentator or to discuss his courthouse victories, including the infamous “Clara Harris” wrongful death auto case where she ran over her husband and killed him. Most of his cases, however, are for the ordinary person who has been wrongfully injured due to another motorist or 18 Wheeler trucking company’s negligent conduct.

If you've been injured, The Stephens Law Firm will be glad to provide you a FREE CASE EVALUATION. If Mr. Stephens takes your case, you only pay for his services out of your recovery. If there is NO RECOVERY, you DO NOT OWE ANYTHING for his services and expenses*.

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HOUSTON AUTO ACCIDENT & INJURY QUESTIONS

How Do Know I Need to Hire a Car Accident Attorney?

  1. Do you have total expected medical bills and lost wages (not just out-of- pocket expenses) of at least $2,000?
  2. If a car wreck caused your injuries, is there visible property damage to your car?
  3. Was the accident someone else’s fault?
  4. Did you get prompt medical treatment after the accident?
  5. Have you followed the course of treatment recommended by your doctor?
  6. Did the accident happen less than 18 months ago?

If you can answer YES to each of these questions you need to hire an experienced car accident lawyer. Contact our law firm for a free consultation today. Sometimes the best advice you can get when you are thinking about a lawsuit is that you do not have a claim that can be won. If that is true, we will tell you. We’ll also tell you when we think you are better off handling a claim yourself – without an attorney. But, if your case passes our test and we accept it, you can be assured that you will receive personal attention. We will represent you aggressively, keep you up to date on what is happening in your case and give you advice as to whether you should settle your case or go to trial. We will explain all fees and costs to you fully before we start working on your case. Together, as a team, we will decide on the best approach for your case.

We don’t rely on a high volume of cases generated by massive TV and Yellow Page advertising. We don’t claim to handle every type of lawsuit under the sun. We don’t want to. We don’t need to. Each year, The Stephens Law Firm accepts a limited number of injury and accident cases from the hundreds of people who ask us to represent them. We are not a “TV advertising personal injury mill.” We do not allow paralegals and assistants to negotiate your case with the insurance company. Fewer cases mean more time for you and, we believe, better results overall.

When Should I Contact a Personal Injury Attorney?

I would advise reading one of my FREE books.  Some claims can be handled by you.  Others require a lawyer.  Generally speaking, you should hire an experienced injury lawyer if you feel that you have been hurt and need medical attention of any kind. Injuries that last more than a day or so can be serious and you do not realize it. An insurance adjuster knows this and will try to get you to say that you are not hurt too bad, knowing that many times small injuries turn out to be far more serious injury than you, or the doctors first realized.

How Do I Document My Car Crash?

If you've been in a car wreck you need to collect the following evidence:

  • Document every single detail of the accident while it is still fresh in your memory.
  • Get pictures of anything you think may be of importance.
  • Get as much information as possible on the person/company that is at fault – address, phone, insurance policy, driver’s license, etc.
  • Get names and contact information for all witnesses.
  • Keep track of all medical providers you have seen for the injury.
  • Keep all medical records and bills you receive.
  • If someone passed away, obtain the death certificate.

How Soon Should I Go to the Doctor?

Immediately, even if you are only a little sore on the day of the accident. Even a small impact causes the occupants to sustain several thousand pounds of force, and most folks feel like they have been run over by a train 48 hours after the accident. If you “tough it out” and don’t go see a doctor, or go to the emergency room, you won’t have medical documentation shortly after the accident. The insurance company will likely dispute your contention that the accident caused your injuries. They do it almost every time, even when it is quite obvious that you have suffered car accident injuries. It is important that you continue to see the doctor every time that you hurt so that he can document your injuries, and do the proper testing.

What Is Involved In Handling a Vehicle Injury Claim?

Usually an insurance adjuster calls wanting a person to give a recorded statement, to answer questions, and to sign some forms. Ignore the adjuster for now! Gather witness names, take photos of the scene, the car, and your injuries.  Obtain the police report.  Go to a doctor and get regular medical care if you have been hurt.  You can take notes and get names of possible witnesses. Even take photographs. If a police report is filed, be sure you get a copy.

Can I Handle My Auto Accident Claim Myself?

Certainly, you can handle your claim if you have minor injuries. Most personal injury law firms do not accept small injury cases - there simply isn't enough money involved. After an injury attorney spends the money to investigate your claim, pay for copies of your medical bills and records, and charge a fee, you will not end up with much if anything.

What I recommend you do if you have minor injuries, or a small property damage claim is to deal with the insurance company yourself. The key is to document everything. Send them all the bills, all the records, provide witness statements, or at least their names, and phone numbers. Take some pictures of your injuries if you are bruised or cut. And most importantly, keep going to the doctor–if you are in pain–so that the medical doctor or chiropractor can document your injuries. Finally, send proof of your lost wages. Gather some check stubs, and a note from your employer and doctor to verify your lost time from work. You will be able to collect a little money in return for a release of your claim from the insurance company. They only make one lump sum payment, so be sure you are healed before signing the release.

To find out more about the claims process you can get a FREE copy of my book, The Texas Accident Bible. Just use the "Ask a Question" button below to request your free copy. Or, you can buy a paperback version of The Texas Accident Bible on Amazon.com.

Should I Give A Recorded Statement to the Insurance Adjuster?

No! Never give a recorded stated to an auto insurance adjuster. Insurance adjusters want to take your statement in order to lock in your story. It seems like that is fair, doesn’t it? You want to tell them so they can understand that the other person or company is at fault in causing your injury, don’t you? Well, regardless of how nice this adjuster seems, or how convincing they may sound that you must give the statement, you need to know that you are dealing with a person intent on securing only half of the truth. They are trained to put words in your mouth, and ask you to agree with it. They are trained to ask follow up questions in a manner that will insinuate that you could have done something to avoid the incident. They are trained to minimize the effect of your injuries, and trained to make you feel like you are a “wussy” if you are still hurting with these “sore muscles” and “soft tissue” injuries.

But you say, I am pretty smart, and I can deal with this situation. The problem is that you have not been trained in the methods the adjuster uses. Regardless of your answer, the adjuster will come back with follow up questions that help them achieve their goal to minimize the insurance company’s risk, or eliminate your claim. You expect to be as savvy in dealing with an adjuster just the same as someone could not be expected to do your job nearly as good as you can. A good lawyer will not allow you to give a statement (some of the guys you see on TV don’t follow these practices). There is no requirement that you give the statement to the third party insurance adjuster. Hopefully, the lawyer you hire will visit with you in great detail, will completely understand everything about the accident, and will be able to put things in context. He will provide the adjuster all the information they need to know, and most importantly will do it in a fashion, form, and manner that will protect you from the insurance adjuster’s unfair practices. If the case is tried to a jury, your claim will not be destroyed because of the fact that the insurance adjuster has a statement that presents things in a false light, with everything taken completely out of context.

If YOUR insurance company wants a statement you do have a duty to cooperate. But a good lawyer will impose conditions related to the giving of the statement which will protect you. I prefer that my clients provide a deposition and this serves as the “statement request.”

How Do I Know I Have a Case?

Just because you were hurt doesn’t mean you are entitled to compensation. The evidence must show that someone’s negligence caused you to get hurt. If the evidence doesn’t show the other party was negligent, you lose. If you sue the wrong person, you lose. If you wait too long to sue, you lose. If you had an injury BEFORE the accident, then you are only entitled to be compensated to the extent your injury is now worse.

In Texas, if you were in any way at fault, you do not necessarily lose. This is known as the law of comparative negligence. This means that if the “other guy” was 99 percent at fault and you were 1 percent at fault, then you are entitled to recover 99% of your losses. However if you are more than 50% at fault, i.e. 51% the law says you do not get to recover anything.

Before we accept your case, we must be confident that your actions were not the only cause of the accident.

Also, in Texas, except in extraordinary circumstances, you cannot sue your employer for negligently hurting you if the employer carries worker’s compensation insurance. If the employer’s gross negligence results in death, the family can sue, but these cases can be hard to win. I.e. it has been said that it is easier to uphold a murder case in the Appellate Courts than to get them to uphold a “gross negligence” case.

Sometimes, several persons or companies are at fault, and a jury gets to decide the percentage of blame against each. If one company such as an employer is to blame, but cannot be sued, the jury can apportion fault among the others in most circumstances.

What is PIP Coverage & Do I Have It?

PIP is personal injury protection coverage offered by your car insurance company. You have $2,500 of protection unless you rejected it in writing. It is possible you have much more. It is provided even if you were at fault. It pays your medical bills, and 80% of documented lost wages. If you were not employed, it will pay for your essential services that you performed at home, like household duties. You will need to provide an estimate of your total hours you cannot do essential services, and a note from your doctor to collect.

Do I Call My Car Insurance If It's Not My Fault?

Yes, you should notify your insurance company of the claim immediately, even if it is not your fault. You may have benefits that you don’t know about and are entitled to through your own vehicle insurance like medical, towing or car rental expenses. Also, if the person who was at fault doesn’t have insurance, or had a lapse in insurance, you may have coverage for the full extent of your injuries under your own policy.

It is often quicker to go through your own insurance company to get your car fixed. Yes, you will pay the deductible up front but your insurance company should get that back from the other insurance company and reimburse you.

What Will Your Injury Law Firm Do to Help Me?

  • Investigate the injury claim
  • Talk to the witnesses of the accident
  • Document your injuries
  • Gather all your medical records and bills
  • Document your lost wages
  • File your injury claim
  • Handle everything with the insurance company
  • Evaluate your damages
  • Investigate and negotiate all lien holders who have a right to any portion of your recovery
  • Settle your claim
  • If the claim cannot be settled, I will take your case to trial

How Are You Paid if You Take My Case?

I take cases involving personal injury, automobile accidents, or wrongful death on a contingency fee basis. This means that if there is no recovery, you owe me nothing for my services.  In criminal cases and family law cases, I am required under law to charge for my time. I accept major credit cards.

How Are My Case Expenses Paid?

In personal injury, auto accident, or death cases, The Stephens Law Firm will advance the expenses of the case and we will be paid back by you when there is a recovery.

Will You Take My Case?

I look at all cases that we receive;  however, we are not a large law firm. Unfortunately, I am not able to help all of the people who ask for and need my help. I look at each case individually as it comes in. If I feel confident that I can win your case then I will offer to help. If I feel I'm unable to represent you for any reason, but I believe you may have a valid case, I will refer you to one of the many excellent attorneys that can handle your case.

How Much is My Car Accident Case Worth?

The value of each case is different and must be evaluated separately. I take a great deal of time to come to a proper evaluation of your case.  The Stephens Law Firm has been evaluating cases and representing people for years.  However, you must know that there is never a guarantee of any recovery.

How Long Will it Take Before We Go to Trial?

Usually, civil cases are tried within 1 to 1 1/2 years. In criminal and family law cases, it varies widely.

If There is a Trial Do I Need to be There?

Yes, if there is a trial, you must be present.

What is a Deposition?

During the course of your case you will most likely have to give a deposition. A deposition is a statement that is given under oath before a certified court reporter. When your deposition is taken we will be there to represent you.

If My Case Settles, How Long Before I Receive Money?

Typically, once a case is settled documents must be exchanged between both parties of the lawsuit. This process usually takes 30 - 45 days, but can take longer if your case involves special circumstances.

Will You Speak With Me Before Settling My Case?

Yes, no case is ever settled without your expressed consent. Whenever settlement negotiations are initiated by either party you will be informed and it is only with your full participation, advice, and consent that your case is settled.

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