Stephen T. Harper

Stephen T. Harper


Reinhardt Harper Davis, PLC

Recognized since 2016

Richmond, Virginia

Practice Areas

Workers' Compensation Law - Claimants

Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2021 - Workers' Compensation Law - Claimants
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A graduate of the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill and the University of Richmond Law School, Stephen has been practicing law since 1995. He specializes in handling workers’ compensation cases.

He is an active member of the Virginia Trial Lawyers Association (VTLA), the Richmond Bar Association and the American Association of Justice (AAJ). He serves on the board of governors of both VTLA and WILG. He is the past chair of the workers’ compensation section for VTLA and lobbies on behalf of injured workers at the Virginia General Assembly as the legislative co-chair of VTLA’s Workers’ Compensation Section. In Stephen’s first four years of practice, he tried approximately 40 personal injury jury trials to a conclusion.

Stephen has tried hundreds of workers’ compensation cases and also taken his client cases to the highest Virginia courts handling workers’ compensation cases, including the Court of Appeals and the Supreme Court of Virginia on numerous occasions. He has been involved in numerous cases setting significant precedents in the area of workers’ compensation law.

Stephen has written numerous articles and frequently lectures on numerous occasions in regards to his areas of specialty; he is a recognized expert in regards to the interplay between both personal injury and workers’ compensation cases involving the same accident. Stephen has been selected as a Virginia “Super Lawyer” for the last three years, as well as for inclusion in the publication “Best Lawyers in America” since 2016 in the category of workers’ compensation. He has been named by WILG as one of the Nation’s Top 100 Injured Workers’ Attorney.

Stephen not only has an expertise in handling accident and disability cases, but he spends much of his free time working on his race car so he can get back behind the wheel at the next race. He regularly races in the NASA Mid-Atlantic region circuit and has numerous wins and class championships to his name.

Location

  • 4915 Radford Avenue, Suite 100
    Richmond, VA 23230

Education

  • University of Richmond , J.D., graduated 1995
  • The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Bar Admissions

  • Virginia, 1995

Affiliations

  • American Association of Justice - Member
  • Richmond Bar Association - Member
  • Virginia State Bar - Member
  • Virginia Trial Lawyers Association - Board of Governors
  • Virginia Workers' Compensation American Inn of Court - Member

Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2021 - Workers' Compensation Law - Claimants

Named "Lawyer of the Year" by Best Lawyers® for:

  • Workers' Compensation Law - Claimants, Richmond (2021)

Recognized in The Best Lawyers in America® 2023 for work in:

  • Workers' Compensation Law - Claimants

Special Focus

  • COVID-19

Awards:

  • Super Lawyers Virginia: 2016-present
  • WILG's Top 100 Injured Workers' Attorney, 2014

Trucker gains comp settlement of $2.5M, Third Largest Ever

$2.5 Million Settlement (plus lien waiver of $1,666,667)
Client, 43, was involved in a significant head-on collision in July 2016 while operating a front-end loader trash truck. As a result of the accident, claimant suffered a traumatic brain injury, broken sternum, broken clavicle, broken ribs, spinal cord injury, scalp laceration, ear laceration and concussion. The claim was ultimately accepted as compensable. The carrier paid the claimant temporary total from the date of the accident until the date of settlement. Because the client needed home health care, claimant’s counsel was able to get the carrier to agree to pay the wife a weekly stipend to provide home health care to the claimant. Ultimately as a result of mediation, the carrier settled the case with claimant for a lump sum settlement of $2.5 million. The lump sum is being used to fund a variety of annuities providing the claimant with an upfront cash payment of just under $1 million along with annuities paying the client a monthly stipend for medical, home health care and daily expenses that is guaranteed for 30 years or the claimant’s life, whichever is longer. In addition, although the claimant had not qualified for SSDI yet and had not applied, the parties as a condition of settlement got the carrier to fund a voluntary MSA equal to the value of the carrier’s life care plan which is also funded as an annuity with payments for the claimant for 30 years guaranteed or for his life, whichever is longer. The claimant is married and has three minor children who were still dependent on him at the time of the accident. At the time of the settlement, the carrier had paid in medical costs and lost wages a total of over $790,000. And as a condition of settlement the carrier retains the lien for payments through the date of settlement against a related third-party personal injury case, however the $2.5 million paid for the workers’ compensation settlement was not added to the lien against the third-party personal injury case. The claimant still has a viable third-party personal injury case with insurance coverage of $2 million available in that case plus excess exposure against the tortfeasor’s employer. The lien waiver represented an additional value to the client out of the personal injury recovery of up to $1,666,666.00. Based upon our review of the Virginia Lawyers Weekly archives, we believe this to be the third largest reported workers’ compensation settlement in Virginia.

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