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A financial recovery cannot always heal all wounds or restore life to be exactly the way it was before the car accident — but it can help you discover and enjoy a hopeful new normal. A financial recovery can ease the financial burdens caused by overwhelming medical bills, loss of income, and disability. We were defense attorneys … now we use what we learned to help our clients prove their cases.

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It is the Ordinary that People Remember after an Accident.

It seems we are always on the move. Our daily commute, picking the kids up from basketball practice, then a quick stop at the grocery – and by the end of the day it can feel like we’ve not left our cars.

Bonnie’s Story. It was an ordinary day for Bonnie, a registered nurse at a local Indiana hospital. As she drove to work, her mind was on her patients in the chemotherapy department where she worked. Bonnie saw the semi-truck move into the left-hand lane as the driver prepared to make a turn – what she didn’t know was that another vehicle could not see around the tractor trailer and that pick-up truck crashed directly into her car. Bonnie’s minor injuries eventually needed surgery, and the complications mounted. She became restricted to a desk job and talking on the phone – unable to help her chemotherapy patients. Her injuries were difficult to quantify, but were very significant to her.

Our attorneys understood that Bonnie’s accident not only caused physical injury, but left her emotionally and spiritually struggling.
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Featured Article: Vehicular Traumatic Brain Injuries

Traumatic brain injuries, or TBIs, can have many causes: accidents, falls, sports, and violent assaults. A little more than 50,000 people die each year in the U.S. from all causes of TBI. It is the leading cause of death and disability of those under 45. Over 1.5 percent of all U.S. residents—5.3 million people—are living with disabilities that resulted from a TBI. That’s about one in every 66 people.

A large number of TBIs arise from motor vehicle accidents, the second or third most common cause of brain injury, depending on the source of the statistics. Among those aged 5 to 24 (the data is from years 2006-2010), TBIs from auto accidents were the leading cause of death. When it came to hospitalizations for the same time span, TBIs were the leading reason for admission for those aged 15 to 44.

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Understanding Your Needs Begins With Listening.

We spend an average of 18 ½ hours in our cars each week – two months out of every year! We rely on our vehicles and our roads to carry us between destinations, and when accidents occur it is a return to ordinary life that accident victims long for.

Your life is a unique story filled with your family, dreams, and accomplishments. You are probably facing unique challenges and struggles right now, too. Just as no life is the same as another, no accident is the same.

Consider the individual circumstances of our client D.W. He was sitting in the front seat in a vehicle that was struck by a UDF delivery truck. Discovery determined that the UDF driver had multiple driving violations. Attorney Mike Stephenson retained numerous experts to show the jury the devastating effects of our client’s unique injuries.

Before trial, the defendant’s company stated that a jury in a small southern county in Indiana would never return a verdict for $1 million in this case. The defendant was correct; the verdict was twice that amount.
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Attorney Mike Stephenson has litigated accident claims in 18 states and served as lead trial counsel in more than 100 civil jury trials. Call today to talk with Mike about his trial experience and how it can benefit your unique case: 855-206-2555.

Your Unique Needs Guide Our Legal Process.

We were defense attorneys … now we use what we learned to help our clients prove their cases.

Our police forces are brave and dedicated, but oftentimes they are also understaffed and underfunded. The accident investigation conducted by law enforcement is primarily concerned with determining criminality – not investigating liability. You need an investigative team on your side working to secure the evidence needed to prove your claim.

Knowing the truth and being able to prove the truth are two different things. An Indianapolis car accident lawyer at McNeely Stephenson is committed to bringing together the most qualified experts available (irrespective of cost) to uncover what happened. Your experts will come from Indiana — and around the world if necessary – to help prove your case.

What Types of Crashes Cause Which Types of Injuries?


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“B.K.” was driving on a two-lane road one Sunday afternoon with his mother in the front seat and his brother and sister-in-law in the back seat when his life was forever changed. B.K. was struck head on by D.C.

D.C. had spent the day drinking with a friend and had stopped at a restaurant less than five miles from the point of the accident where D.C. had been served several drinks. D.C.’s blood alcohol level was more than twice the legal limit.

As a result of the terrible wreck, B.K. received devastating injuries, which included multiple broken bones, facial fractures, and loss of vision. B.K.’s mother, brother, and sister-in-law were all killed in the accident.

As one would anticipate, D.C. had virtually no insurance. Stephenson, through his thorough and detailed investigation, was able to prepare claims against the restaurant and those that provided the alcohol.

Stephenson pursued dram shop claims against those responsible CASE SUMMARY

D.H. was a competitive bicyclist who was riding in preparation for a cross-country fundraising ride. In the spring of 2010, D.H. was riding across an old steel-grated deck bridge in Shelby County when he hit a hole in the bridge and flipped over the handlebars of his bike. The impact to the bridge decking caused severe injuries to his face, teeth, tongue, and elbow.

Through the investigation, they were able to learn as early as 1998, the bridge inspection reports showed the bridge in question needed to be replaced. The county never authorized additional inspections. The county obtained $844,000 in funding for the replacement of the bridge in 2000, but the Historical Society and adjacent property owners wanted the bridge repaired rather than replaced.

This crash could have been avoided if the inspectors and county had done their jobs. CASE SUMMARY

Our client (“D.W.”) was a front-seat passenger in a vehicle that was struck by a UDF truck making deliveries. D.W. received broken arms and legs, as well as internal injuries. Stephenson was retained by D.W.’s personal counsel to prepare and try the case. Discovery determined that the UDF driver had multiple driving violations. Stephenson retained numerous experts to show the jury the devastating effects of the injuries. Before trial, the defendant’s company stated that a jury in a small southern county in Indiana would never return a verdict for $1 million in this case.

The defendant was correct; the verdict was twice that amount. CASE SUMMARY

Serving Accident Victims in Indiana Since 1982.

A financial recovery cannot always heal all wounds or restore life to be exactly the way it was before the car accident — but it can help you discover and enjoy a hopeful new normal. A financial recovery can ease the financial burdens caused by overwhelming medical bills, loss of income, and disability.

When considering hiring a car accident lawyer, you should look for an attorney who will give you competent and compassionate representation with a “client first” approach. That’s exactly what you’ll get with proven advocate Attorney Mike Stephenson. His entire legal team is committed to doing whatever is necessary to achieve the best possible outcome in your case.

Trusted Advisor. Proven Advocate. If you are online researching the legal rights and resources available in the aftermath of a car accident, consider reaching out to us. Call Indianapolis car accident lawyer Mike Stephenson to talk about your questions — 855-206-2555.

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June 18, 2018 / Personal Injury, Vehicle Accidents, Wrongful Death
What Are the Real Reasons for Motor Vehicle Crashes?

Sometimes, establishing the reasons for a car crash is complicated. One factor that can make determinations even more imprecise is that state crash report forms used at the scene often lack the appropriate fields or places to enter codes that would explain the precise reason for the collision. Because each state uses its own form, no consistency exists. Compiling accurate national statistics becomes difficult, producing results that are just plai...

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Mike Stephenson is a Super Lawyer in Indiana along with many of his peers at McNeely Stephenson. This is one of the highest honors an attorney can achieve

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Our attorneys are proven advocates and trial attorneys. They have served as lead trial counsel in more than 100 civil jury trials, and have handled litigation in 18 states