Brain Injury: Finding the Hidden Harm in Your Case

Published by Washington State Association for Justice


Chairpersons: Scott Blair & Liz Quick
Wednesday, May 20, 2015
7.0 CLE Credits Approved
Washington State Convention Center • Seattle
WSBA Activity ID: 401932 (audio/video)

Welcome & Introduction
Scott Blair, Seminar Co-chair, Seattle Attorney
Liz Quick, Seminar Co-chair, Kirkland Attorney

Diagnostic Imaging in TBI Cases: Documenting hidden brain damage & current trends in TBI litigation.
Dan Chamberlain, Chairman of the Board of the Brain Injury Association of America, Indianapolis, Indiana, Attorney

Damage to the Family: Understanding the psychological, social, emotional and financial consequences to the family of a brain-injured person.
Robin Thomas, Ph.D., A.R.N.P., Seattle

Finding the Liability: Now that we have the Lystedt Law, how can we use it to prove liability for TBIs caused by improper return to play in youth sports?
Dr. Stan Herring MD, The Sports Concussion Program at Harborview, Seattle
Mike Nelson, Seattle Attorney

Extracting the Client’s Story and Uncovering the Harm in Your Case—Even in the “Minor Impact Case."
Katlin Larimer,MSW, Nationally known jury consultant, focus group coordinator, psychodramatist, Omaha, Nebraska

What’s Function Got To Do With It? Proving loss of vocational function in TBI cases to create a stark “before and after” damages comparison.
Cloie Johnson, OSC Vocational Systems, Bothell

Framing the Case – Don’t Be Seduced Into Fighting Where the Defense Must Fight: Litigation strategies for focusing jurors’ attention on the key issues in your case.
Liz Quick, Seminar Co-chair, Kirkland Attorney

Hiding in Plain Sight: Pituitary Injuries – The Next Big Issue in Brain Injury Litigation. 30% or more of TBIs involve pituitary damage with significant future medical expenses and complications. Are you missing a large component of damages in your TBI case?
Scott Blair, Seminar Co-chair, Seattle Attorney

The Damage Is There If You Know What To Look For: Uncovering brain injury with new radiological techniques.
Alan Schwartz, MD, Radiologist, Alliance Healthcare Radiology, Mountlake Terrace

Making It Real: Using Video to Prove Damages in the Small to Mid-Sized TBI Case.
Mitchell Riggs, Life Now Video, Middle Island, New York

Dismantle the Defense Experts Who Misuse the MMPI-2 and Use Other Parlor Tricks to Suggest Malingering.
Edward Le, Renton Attorney

Proving Future Damages in Pituitary Cases: How unusual pituitary damages significantly drive up the value of future care in TBI cases.
Mary Sussex, RN, CNLCP, Life Care Planner, Seattle

Scott Blair
Scott Blair is the founder of Brain Injury Law of Seattle. Brain injury work is his passion. For the last 25 years, Scott has proudly helped folks with brain injuries get the specialized treatment they need to get their lives back together. Scott...More
Elizabeth M. Quick
Elizabeth M. Quick is a principal in the Law Offices of Elizabeth Quick, PLLC in Kirkland, representing people in personal injury and medical negligence matters. Ms. Quick has worked in the legal field since 1990, initially as a paralegal working on...More
Daniel S. Chamberlain
Dan Chamberlain focuses his practice on serving personal injury clients, specifically advocating on behalf of traumatic brain injury victims and their families. For more than 20 years, Dan has litigated a variety of personal injury claims in state...More
Robin Thomas, Ph.D.
Dr. Thomas began working with families around Chronic Conditions, Injury, Fatal Conditions and Death in 1970. She served as Principle Investigator, Co-Principle Investigator or Consultant in Research studies in this area. She maintains an active...More
Stanley A. Herring, M.D.
Dr. Herring is UW clinical professor in the Departments of Rehabilitation Medicine, Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine, and Neurological Surgery. He is medical director of Sports, Spine and Orthopedic Health for UW Medicine and co-medical director of...More
Michael E. Nelson
MICHAEL E. NELSON, founder of Nelson Langer Engle, PLLC, is a seasoned litigator who has practiced in Washington State for more than 40 years. His practice emphasizes traumatic brain injury, serious injury, and insurance law, including bad faith and...More
Katlin Larimer, MSW
Katlin Larimer has been a trial consultant and trainer for lawyers since 1997. Her consulting practice is focused on working with lawyers to find the core human story of their case and bring that story in a compelling way into the courtroom from voir...More
Cloie B. Johnson
CLOIE B. JOHNSON, is a Case Manager and Rehabilitation Counselor with OSC Vocational Systems, Inc. She began her work as a Case Manager and Rehabilitation Counselor in 1987 with the United States Army. She served on active duty for five years as a...More
Alan N. Schwartz, M.D.
Dr. Schwartz specializes in head, neck, musculoskeletal, oncologic, endocrine and parathyroid imaging. He is board-certified in radiology and pediatrics. Dr. Schwartz is currently also an assistant clinical professor of radiology at the University of...More
Mitchell Riggs
Medication Strategist, Filmmaker - LifeNow Video
Independent Spirit Award Nominee Mitchell Riggs is President and founder of LifeNow Video. For more than 20 years, Mr. Riggs has worked professionally in film and live theater as an actor, producer, director, director of photography, editor and...More
Edward K. Le
Edward K. Le is the managing of Edward K. Le, PLLC, a five attorney law firm in Renton, Washington. He has been a plaintiff’s attorney exclusively over the course of his 24 year career. He received his B.A. from UCLA and his J.D. from the University...More
Mary K. Sussex
Mrs. Sussex is a Board Certified Registered Nurse, Legal Nurse Consultant, RN Case Manager, Certified Nurse Life Care Planner, Certified Healthcare Information Technology Specialist, and Expert Witness. Her educational background includes a...More

Originally Published

May 20, 2015

Program Titles and Supporting Materials

This program contains the following components:

  • Brain Injury: Finding the Hidden Harm in Your Case - Paper
  • Diagnostic Imaging in TBI Cases: Documenting hidden brain damage & current trends in TBI litigation - Video
  • Damage to the family - Video
  • Finding the Liability with the Lystedt Law - Video
  • Extracting the Client's Story and Uncovering the Harm in Your Case - Video
  • What's Function Got to do with It? - Video
  • Framing the Case - Don't be Seduced Into Fighting Where the Defense Must Fight - Video
  • Hiding in Plain Sight: Pituitary Injuries - Video
  • The Damage Is There If You Know What To Look For - Video
  • Making it Real - Video
  • Dismantle the Experts - Video
  • Providing Future Damages in Pituitary Cases - Video

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