The Benefits of Meeting with a Highly Skilled and Experienced Attorney
Interviewer: I guess it’s probably obvious when someone comes, if they have a case. It’s obvious that there’s a big problem, right?
Stephen Boutros: It’s obvious to me, especially having the experience that I have. I have been doing this since 1997 and I have worked on literally dozens of cases. I know from my initial interview and review of the initial medical records whether it’s a case that I’m interested in handling. When I take on a case, I’m going to give it everything I’ve got.
Interviewer: How do you handle these cases differently than other attorneys that do similar work in your area?
Stephen Boutros: I think I’m extremely well-educated in law and have a lot of experience in these cases, both handling them and trying them in court. A lot of lawyers call themselves Trial Lawyers. They’re not really Trial Lawyers; they have almost never tried a case. I think it’s my trial experience and also my connections within the medical community that help us secure high-quality medical care. Some chiropractic care is great in some limited circumstances. We’re not just dumping clients into chiropractic mills when we can get them very high-quality medical care from board-certified surgeons, therapists, and chiropractors.
Also, I’m passionate. I’m very aggressive at what I do. I think I’m a thoughtful person but at the same time I am not fearful of conflict. I grew up playing football and I’ve boxed for Texas A&M University. In a way, I enjoy it, not unnecessary conflict but when a conflict’s brought to my door, I don’t shy away from it. Also, the mental and emotional conflict doesn’t bother me either. I think it is part of life. My four years in the boxing ring in college taught me a lot. Everyone loses from time to time. I’ve learned a whole lot more from my losses than I ever did from my wins. Thankfully, there were a lot more wins than losses in the boxing ring.
I have learned a lot from just facing the fear. When you get up in a ring you’re fighting in front of 3,000 people and they all know you. You know there’s going to be a lot of shame associated with the loss, and there’s going to be a lot of praise associated with the victory. There’s fear associated with it too, not fear of getting hurt but fear of losing and channeling aggression, channeling energy and emotion. I feel like I learned a lot. Throughout my career, trying case after case after case, I’ve learned that, as well.
Obtaining a Passionate Advocator and Sincere Counselor-At-Law for a Workplace Injury Claim
Interviewer: Do you help people emotionally prepare to go through the case or are they pretty good on their own?
Stephen Boutros: Absolutely, absolutely. Part of my job is counseling them. Let’s not forget the most important thing here, why I do what I do. It’s not just about me. The true reason is from my heart. I do what I do is because I love fighting for people. I love fighting for the underdog and I want to see justice happen for people. I hate to see people taken advantage of or mistreated. Most of the people I represent are unable to speak for themselves; they’re unable to fight for themselves. They have rights and when someone else has damaged their lives, they need someone to come in and speak for them and fight for them. They need someone’s help to bring justice to them because of the damage that was done to them.
Interviewer: What do you need to do to help people emotionally prepare to file and go through with their case?
Stephen Boutros: Most people know when they’ve been harmed and they just need encouragement. By watching us work hard, prepare, and work passionately is what brings them along. If they need counseling to help encourage, then I’m happy to do that, as well. Some lawyers say, ”I don’t like hand-holding my clients” and obviously, there’s a limit that’s reasonable. I like holding hands with my clients and saying, ”Let me walk you through this.” I enjoy that.
Interviewer: When people are nervous about or hesitant, what else do you do to calm them down and dispel their fears?
Stephen Boutros: Sometimes people are getting picked on by an insurance company adjuster or being bullied by a safety manager or someone in HR. Quite frankly, when they call me, they feel a little defeated. People feel taken advantage of, they feel bullied and then I tell them, ”I’m going to go and fight for you now.” That relieves a lot of the anxiety and pressure that the insurance adjuster was trying to put on them. It helps just knowing I’m there and they’re not alone. They now have someone who’s strong, experienced, educated, and skilled. I am going to go fight with that person who was bullying them, that’s very reassuring to my clients.