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Stephens & Stephens has obtained over $60 million through the Radiation Exposure Compensation Act and the Energy Employees Occupation Illness Compensation Act for our clients

Dianne HarperDianne Harper
01:02 17 Feb 24
Robert and I are very pleased with Mr. Hugh Stephens and all that he has done for us. From the first moment we spoke, we sensed that though Mr. Stephens exhibits sharp business acumen, he cares deeply about his clients and he has a huge heart.
Diane pontonDiane ponton
17:38 07 Feb 24
I tried to get others to help me with this claim, and it wasn"t until I hired Mr. Stephens that things started happening. I would recommend any one to get in touch with him . I would go to him again, if i ever needed to.
Judy LeonardJudy Leonard
22:26 06 Feb 24
I very much appreciate the successful litigation concerning my husband's Hanford work related illness. Stephens & Stephens LLP were thorough, caring, considerate, and fair during this difficult time.
Kenneth GKenneth G
18:23 03 Feb 24
Mr. Stephens was able to simplify an otherwise complicated lengthy process (DEEOIC) to file an initial claim as well as a claim for impairment benefits.
dave DONAIDdave DONAID
18:08 03 Feb 24
Frankie KnucFrankie Knuc
19:24 08 Jan 24
I had other attorneys hired in Cortez, Colorado and Grand Jct., Colorado to assist me with receiving my uranium claim, but they were not successful. I was advised by an employee of CNS of Stephens & Stephens, LLP good work. I contacted them & they took my case It was settled very quickly. I have been very pleased with this group & would advise others of their prompt service. I would recommend them to others. Respectfully, Frankie Knuckles
Rebecca ConsolRebecca Consol
19:57 22 Dec 23
My family used Stephen’s and Stephen’s for a settlement case. We were extremely pleased with all they did. They were very professional, easy to get a hold of, and invaluable when it came to answering questions and handling complicated Department of Labor issues and forms. They also did everything in a very timely manner. I have already recommended them to other people.
Thomas CliffordThomas Clifford
15:29 21 Dec 23
I have been represented by Hugh Stevens for several years now, He and his staff has made everything so easy for me. I had lung cancer from working in the uranium processing industry, they have opened so many doors for me and made dealing with DOL so much easier. They always answer my questions in a very timely manner. I have referred several other people to him and he has been able to get them through this process also. There are benefits that I was not aware of that he has brought to my attention and been able to lead me through the process of obtaining them. I would most highly recommend him to lead anyone through this process.
Lonnie killingHawkLonnie killingHawk
02:35 14 Dec 23
When I first contacted Stephens & Stephens I was at the end of my rope with DOL. Hough and his staff got me on track and handled everything with DOL and just made this process so easy. Do not know where I'd be with out them. They are able to communicate at a layman's level and understand the client. Would strongly recommend this firm.
Ruthy LyonRuthy Lyon
21:00 28 Sep 23
Our initial conversation with Mr. Stephens was productive & reassuring. His previous experience with similar cases was obvious and very helpful, in both asking us specific questions for clarification & also addressing our own questions. Breanna is also a great asset to their team.
James O'DayJames O'Day
15:07 13 Sep 23
I have referred several friends to Hugh Stephens and they were more satisfied than they ever expected. I would refer him with confidence to anyone in need. I trust when he speaks for me, for example, in court. He is a good communicator and a deep thinker. He is well respected in his profession. He handles environmental law, injury law, and medical malpractice. He is tactful and direct and knows what he is doing. He knows the legal briar patches well.
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EEOICPA 2014 Summary

Dear Clients, Colleagues, and Friends of Stephens & Stephens, LLP:

We hope that you all have had a wonderful 2014! This year has been an exciting one for Stephens & Stephens, LLP. We have collected more than $3,500,000 for our EEOICPA and RECA claimants from around the country.

In February, at the suggestion of Franklin Gerlach, an attorney from Portsmith, Ohio, a group of advocates and attorneys formed the DEEOIC Interim Advisory Board (DIAB). The purpose of this Board was to monitor the Department of Labor’s implementation of the Energy Employees Occupation Illness Compensation Program (EEOICP), especially with respect to Part E claims and Part B claims for Chronic Beryllium Disease (CBD), Beryllium Sensitivity, and Silicosis. Part B already has the Advisory Board on Radiation and Worker Health (ABRWH), which among other functions, helps to address Special Exposure Cohort (SEC) petitions under Part B.

Faye Vlieger was elected Chair of the Board and Terrie Barrie as Secretary. I was elected Vice-Chair after the generous nomination by Stephanie Carroll, who expertly handles Chronic Beryllium Disease (CBD) and other pulmonary claims from her office in Denver, Colorado.

The DIAB held outreach meetings in Denver, Colorado and Portsmith, Ohio, prepared a number of reports concerning the Site Exposure Matrix (SEM), and looked at hearing loss as well as Parkinson’s disease. Through the efforts of Terrie Barrie of the Alliance of Nuclear Weapons Advocates Group (ANWAG) and Deb Jerison of the Energy Employee Claimant Assistance Project (EECAP), the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), which contains the defense authorization for fiscal year 2015, included language that created the Presidential Advisory Board for Part E of the EEOICPA. Thanks and congratulations to Terrie and all those who helped to make the new Advisory Board a reality. The last remaining obstacle to the new Board’s success is the appropriation of funds so that the Board can properly perform its functions.

In July of this year, we were successful in overturning a NIOSH dose reconstruction. We believe this represents one of only a handful of dose reconstructions that have been overturned for failure to properly apply the NIOSH method. When a claimant files a claim under the EEOICPA, the Department of Labor sends the claim to NIOSH to determine the Probability of Causation (POC), or the likelihood that the worker’s
cancer was caused by exposure to radiation during his or her employment at a covered facility. If NIOSH determines that the POC is at least 50%, or the cancer was at least as likely as not caused by the claimant’s exposure during employment, then the claimant is entitled to compensation under the EEOICPA. While the initial dose reconstruction did not result in compensation for our client, we were able to convince the Department of Labor to send the claim back to NIOSH for revised dose reconstruction and our client was compensated under Part B and Part E of the EEOICPA. We also successfully caused the Department of Labor to send another claim for a NIOSH rework. We hope to be able to report on that claimant’s success in the new year.

If you are interested in learning more about the EEOICPA, we have posted a number of video blogs explaining the EEOICPA to our website. Also, if you or someone you know is receiving workers’ compensation, social security disability, or any other benefits, please check out our blog to learn about how those benefits coordinate with the receipt of EEOICPA compensation. If you have specific questions related to the EEOICPA or RECA or if you would like me to give a presentation to your group, please call my cell phone any time at (716) 208-3525.

We hope that 2014 has treated you well and that you have a wonderful Holiday season. We look forward to bringing in the New Year and continuing to serve as advocates for you and with you.

Thank you for your time and Happy Holidays!

Hugh Stephens

Stephens & Stephens, LLP

Tri-Main Center

2495 Main Street, Suite 442

Buffalo, NY 14214

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