Wrapping up our finest wishes for a. splendid holiday and prosperous New Year. JILIO-RYAN

Size: px
Start display at page:

Download "Wrapping up our finest wishes for a. splendid holiday and prosperous New Year. JILIO-RYAN WWW.JILIORYAN.COM 800.454.1230"

Transcription

1

2 Wrapping up our finest wishes for a splendid holiday and prosperous New Year. JILIO-RYAN C O U R T R E P O R T E R S

3 VOLUME 17 NUMBER 4 FALL 2014 ORANGE COUNT Y TRIAL L AWYERS ASSOCIATION OCTLA OFFICERS President Casey R. Johnson President-Elect Ted B. Wacker 1st Vice President Vincent D. Howard 2nd Vice President H. Shaina Colover 3rd Vice President Geraldine Ly Secretary B. James Pantone Treasurer Jonathan Dwork Parliamentarian Jerry N. Gans COLUMNS 3 Editor s Commentary: Brain Injury Coming to Terms by Sarah C. Serpa BOARD OF DIRECTORS Melinda S. Bell Anthony W. Burton Brent W. Caldwell Darren J. Campbell Cynthia A. Craig Robert B. Gibson T. Gabe Houston Paul E. Lee Kevin G. Liebeck H. Gavin Long Solange E. Ritchie Sarah C. Serpa Adina T. Stern Douglas B. Vanderpool Janice M. Vinci Atticus N. Wegman Immediate Past President Scott B. Cooper Executive Director Janet Thornton Editor Sarah C. Serpa Advertising Janet Thornton Graphic Designer William Suman Design, Inc Printing Innovative Printing Solutions The Gavel is published quarterly at a subscription rate of $50 per year. Periodicals postage paid at Lake Forest, California. Copyright 2014 Orange County Trial Lawyers Association. All rights reserved. Reproduction in whole or in part without written permission is prohibited. POSTMASTER: Send address changes to The Gavel, Moulton Parkway, #135, Laguna Hills, CA THE GAVEL FALL 2014 CONTENT 4 President s View: If Not Now, When? by Casey R. Johnson FEATURES Cover Story: Stow v. Dodgers Yes, He Did by Sarah Serpa 10 6 In-Depth Analysis: Neurological Factors in the Evaluation of Traumatic Brain Injury by Dr. Arnold Purisch NUTS & BOLTS 30 An Overlooked Secret of Success in Trials is to Just Show Up by Luis Avila 34 Medicare Set Asides The new deal points in liability settlements by Jim Brady 38 MCLE Audits on the Rise by Atticus Wegman 42 Judicial Profile - Honorable Linda Marks by Sarah Serpa IBIDEM 22 Verdicts & Settlements OCTLA Trial Lawyers of the Year 36 OCTLA New Members 45 OCTLA Tidbits & Announcements 46 Calendar of Events 49 Photo Library 1

4 Advertisers by Services Offered Advertising and Graphic Design William Suman Design, Inc Annuities and Structured Settlements Ringler Associates James Brady Kaas Settlement Consulting Appeals and Writs Donna Bader Court Reporting Services Jilio-Ryan, Inc IFC Employment and Wrongful Discharge Law Law Offices of Charles Pernice Exhibits and Presentation Services Executive Presentations IFC MotionLit Video Group Court Graphix Expert Services DeVinney & Dinneen Kars Advanced Materials, Inc Nolta Construction Consulting OHM Corp Traffic Engineer Wm. Kunzman Insurance Broker Aragon-Haas Legal Associations Lawyer Referral & Information Marketing Services Kevin Brown Legal Marketing Mediators & Arbitrators ADR Services, Inc JAMS The Resolution Experts Judicate West Shirley Watkins, Mediator Medical Services Dr. Gregory Fisher, Medical Expert Doctors on Liens, Inc Plaintiff Legal Services Aitken Aitken Cohn Callahan & Blaine Hodes Milman Liebeck Mosier, LLP.. 37 Klein & Wilson Shernoff Bidart Echevarria Bentley Howard Law PC IBC Bisnar Chase Consumer Attorneys LLP. BC Printing Services Innovative Printing Solutions Private Investigations C. Jackson Investigations Workers Comp. Legal Services Thomas F. Martin Gary E. Skawin ORANGE COUNTY TRIAL LAWYERS ASSOCIATION

5 Guidelines for Manuscript Submission The Gavel accepts unsolicited manuscripts for consideration. Articles are judged on the basis of research, writing, topic, and interest to membership of OCTLA. The Gavel follows a modified version of the California Style Manual for legal citations. Manuscripts submitted should follow those rules as closely as possible. The Gavel prefers authors to avoid footnotes or endnotes, but such use will not be a basis for declining to publish an article. Authors should submit a copy of the article on disk or via , preferably in Microsoft Word format. Please include a photo and briefbiography with all submissions. to: The Gavel retains copyright on all articles. The Gavel freely grants permission to others to reprint the article, upon their agreement to acknowledge the copyright. The editors may make editorial changes to an article, without changing its substance. Submissions to The Gavel are subject to editing. Editorial decisions are based on writing quality, subject matter, potential interest to The Gavel readers, and other concerns the Editor may deem relevant in her sole discretion. The views expressed in the content of The Gavel are those of the authors, and may not be reflective of the views or policy of the OCTLA, its board of directors, and/or its membership. The Gavel content shall not be construed as legal advice. The articles, commentary, advertisements, and/or any other content contained herein are the opinions of the authors, and are not intended to be relied upon as legal advice. The views, positions, interpretations of law and arguments of the authors herein are theirs alone, and no endorsement by the OCTLA, its board of directors, and/or its membership should be inferred by virtue of their publication in The Gavel. Sarah Serpa, Esq. Brain Injury Coming to Terms IIt s Fall and football Iseason is here. Talk of Iwho one might select as the quarterback of one s fantasy team pervades conversation (as well it should). However, no matter how avid a fan, it is impossible to avoid the reality that football leagues, as well as hockey, soccer, and others, can no longer ignore the elephant in the room: their sport can and does cause brain injuries. As our members well know, mild traumatic brain injuries are tough cases to pursue. In many of our mild or even moderate traumatic brain injury cases, our jurors do not see what they consider to be objective evidence such as that we can point to on an MRI. The cases are more subjective in nature and thus, more challenging to prove. This may be in part due to the lack of information about brain injuries available to the public. Indeed, in approving the National Football League s ( NFL ) settlement for players, Judge Anita Brody commented that cases by retired players would be hard to win at trial. In a vacuum, that may be true for any one case. However, one only needs to look at the other lawsuits and settlements occurring in other sports to recognize that decision makers are starting to better appreciate and understand the nature of brain injury. A recent National Hockey League ( NHL ) lawsuit alleges that the NHL knew that concussive impacts over a long period of time can cause brain injury but the NHL took no measures to inform or protect the players. This lack of disclosure was also the crux of the NFL s lawsuit that settled for $765 million. A recent settlement by the National Collegiate Athletic Association for $70 million will pay for evaluations to diagnose whether current or former college athletes have suffered a brain injury. Although the public at large appears to have ambivalent views about these lawsuits, the one thing they do accomplish, whether they go to trial or settle, is to raise awareness of the risks to the brain inherent in contact sports. They also force these organizations to make changes that are necessary to better care for and protect past, present, and future players. You might have, for example, seen the commercials that the NFL sponsors for youth football are recommending that parents verify that the coach is heads up certified, meaning that they are trained in proper techniques to minimize the risks of concussion. In cases like the NFL settlement, they also help to compensate those who took on potentially devastating risks to their health later in life that they were unaware of. For those of us litigating brain injury cases, the more education and awareness these cases bring about, the better. THE GAVEL FALL

6 If Not Now, When? Casey R. Johnson, Esq. Although it has been said before, it is certainly worth repeating. As consumer advocates we have a unique opportunity to right a nearly 40- year wrong. By taking patient safety to the voters we have a once in a generation chance to make California safer, for everyone. Make no mistake about it the opposition, led by the insurance industry, has already committed more than $60 million to keep the status quo. They are pulling out all the stops to perpetuate a campaign of misinformation and fear. You have no doubt seen the commercials and heard the radio ads. They all contain the exact same untrue and misleading facts that led to the passage of MICRA nearly 40 years ago. Are you willing to sit by and let it happen again? As consumer advocates, we are often placed in the unenviable position of giving a voice to the voiceless. In so doing, we are forced to reach into our own wallets to protect consumers and patients from the insurance industry deluge of lies and deceit. Our battle at the ballot box this November is just as important as any battle waged in the courtroom. If we are not successful, Californians who are victims of malpractice will continue to be denied justice before their case is ever heard. So we must all ask ourselves: Have you given until it hurts? Can you look in the mirror and know that you did everything possible to help ensure California is safer for everyone and that victims of malpractice can come closer to full compensation for their losses? Have you ed or spoken in person with friends, family members and clients about the importance of Prop 46? If not, what are you waiting for? If not now, when? Absentee ballots are being mailed soon, and the election is November 4. As consumer advocates, and oftentimes the only voice for the injured, we cannot afford to lose this opportunity. We cannot allow the insurance industry complex to silence consumers and consumer rights. Celebrating Our Successes While Prop 46 is certainly the most important issue facing trial lawyers in this generation, OCTLA has a long and proud history of building relationships within the community and of recognizing the accomplishments of our colleagues. This year is no exception as we leap into the Fall season. First, OCTLA s Bench and Bar Golf Tournament returns to El Niguel Country Club on October 13, As with last year s event, this year s tournament will sell out, so book your foursome now and enjoy Columbus Day out on the golf course. You can register at I want to personally congratulate the very worthy honorees who will be recognized at this year s Top Gun Trial Lawyer of the Year Awards and Charity Auction. Brian Brandt (Personal Injury), Sean Burke and Heather Higson (Medical Malpractice), Nigel Burns (Elder Abuse), Brian Chase (Product Liability) and Robert Simon (Young Gun) will all be recognized for their outstanding recent results. In addition, OCTLA will be inducting Peter Noronha as the fourth member of the OCTLA s Hall of Fame. Dedicating his entire legal career to representing plaintiffs and giving back to the community in innumerable ways, including serving as a Past President of OCTLA, Peter exemplifies what it means to be a Trial Lawyer and we could not be more excited and honored to induct him to the 4 ORANGE COUNTY TRIAL LAWYERS ASSOCIATION

7 OCTLA Hall of Fame on what will be a truly memorable evening. Consistent with OCTLA s tradition of giving back, this year 100% of the proceeds of the silent and live auction will benefit High Hopes Brain Injury Treatment Program, the first non-profit brain injury treatment program in the country, that is based in Orange County. The work that High Hopes does is tremendous and OCT- LA looks forward to a successful evening of fundraising to help ensure the students at High Hopes continue to have affordable access to the most cutting edge therapies available. Mark your calendars now for November 22, 2014, at The Montage in Laguna Beach. Seating is limited and the event will sell out. To purchase tickets, become a sponsor, or donate an item for the silent auction, please go to or contact Janet Thornton at (949) The year rounds out with two more fantastic MCLE Programs. On October 23, 2014, Hon. Sherri Honer, Kimberly Make no mistake about it the opposition, led by the insurance industry, has already committed more than $60 million to keep the status quo. Valentine and Yoshi Kubota will present Discovering Discovery providing tried and true discovery plans for all different types of cases, in addition to insight on bringing and defending discovery motions. On November 20, 2014, OCTLA will present its annual Judges, Arbitrators and Mediators Evaluation. This Plaintiffs attorney only event provides anyone practicing in Orange County with the most important information they need to know before appearing in Orange County for trial, arbitration or mediation. You can sign up for each of these programs at the new and improved website located at OCTLA s year will round out with a holiday luncheon at Original Mike s in Santa Ana on Friday, December 12, 2014, offering attendees an opportunity to reflect on the year and break bread with judicial officers from the Superior Court, Court of Appeal and Federal District Court. Go to OCTLA s website to get your tickets. OCTLA has had an incredibly successful and productive year, but the best is yet to come. I look forward to seeing you at one of our many upcoming events and hope to celebrate a win for all consumers on November 5, 2014 with the passage of Prop 46. THE GAVEL FALL

8 Stow v. Dodgers Yes, He Did TIom Girardi knows a thing or two about baseball. He played baseball in college and signed with the Chicago White Sox before playing second base in the White Sox farm league. Little did he know that years later, he would become the go to attorney for cases involving professional baseball stadium security. It seems that Mr. Girardi s job description now includes Stadium Security Consultant. This is because he now fields calls from owners of stadiums who seek advice on how to better implement security at their sports facilities. For those who think that Mr. Girardi s recent win against the Dodgers was a fluke, the owners of sports stadiums clearly do not agree. With his large verdict against the Dodgers, Mr. Girardi made it clear that cutting corners on security at these public arenas will not be tolerated and there will be repercussions. Reaching the Boiling Point On March 31, 2011, at the season opener, the San Francisco Giants played the Los Angeles Dodgers in Los Angeles. During the game, two male Dodgers fans, Mr. Sanchez and Mr. Norwood, harangued and harassed Giants fans in their vicinity including a young couple wearing Giants gear sitting across the aisle from them. The obnoxious behavior progressed throughout the game. No security was nearby. During the 9th inning, Sanchez assaulted the couple by throwing a drink at them. Sanchez then attempted to attack the couple, but left the scene once the crowd intervened. During these events, many bystanders looked for security in order to intervene, but no security or ushers could be found. Meanwhile, at the end of the game, Bryan Stow, a 42 year old Giants fan and paramedic, was leaving the game with his friends. He made it to the stadium s Parking Lot #2, where the group was going to call a taxi. It was there that Bryan was attacked from behind, knocked down, and repeatedly kicked in the head by the same two Dodgers fans the couple had endured during the game. The result; a severe brain injury leaving this 42 year old father of two unable to care for himself. However, as always exists, there were some bad facts for the Plaintiff s case: Two obvious assailants with no assets or ability to fund a judgment; The Plaintiff s blood alcohol was over.20 at the time of the attack; and, A witness says that the Plaintiff instigated the beating. On its face, this is a case many of us who practice personal injury law may have declined. Enter Tom Girardi Following this tragedy, the Stows made their way to Girardi & Keese in Los Angeles. Helpfully, years before, Mr. Girardi handled a case against the Dodgers wherein an intoxicated Philadelphia fan tumbled over a railing in the Dodgers stadium, fracturing the neck of a fan below. During that case, Mr. Girardi s firm obtained a significant amount of discovery revealing the lack of adequate security at Dodgers Stadium. That prior case and the current Stow case revealed that under the ownership of 6 ORANGE COUNTY TRIAL LAWYERS ASSOCIATION

9 Frank McCourt, the Dodgers had rid themselves of the pricey $50/hour uniformed police officers and instead opted for $25/ hour security guards in polo shirts to monitor the foreseeably rowdy crowd at Dodgers Stadium. During the three years of litigation of the Stow case, Mr. Girardi s office obtained the following evidence to support the Plaintiff s case: Documentation that in an approximately 30 minute time span that same evening, in Parking Lot #2, four other assaults on Giants fans took place; An unsolicited and anonymous video tape recording of another violent altercation in the same section where Sanchez and Norwood were sitting during the game that day that was not addressed by security; Various Documents showing numerous gaps in security in the section where Sanchez and Norwood were sitting and in Parking Lot # 2; Statements by a McCourt executive that he would quit his job if uniformed police officers were to be replaced by guards in civilian clothing; A website titled Dodger s Fights that publishes videos of various altercations that have occurred at the stadium; Documentation that 93 fans had been ejected from the stadium that evening due to unacceptable behavior; Evidence of dozens of similar incidents and apathy amongst Dodger security and ushers for the years prior to the Stow attack; and, Evidence of local gangs in Los Angeles congregating at Dodger stadium and causing numerous problems. The Jurors Get It Armed with these facts and clients whom Mr. Girardi describes as some of the nicest people he s ever met, he and his colleagues David Lira and Christopher Aumais head off to trial. The trial lasted twenty days. Attorney Dana Fox for the Dodgers did his best to convince the jury that the liability lay with the two individual assailants and with Bryan Stow himself, who had consumed alcohol at the game Mr. Girardi says that if he could give one piece of advice to attorneys who try cases, it would be to admit to the bad facts early on and do not try to hide from those facts. He says that jurors are smarter than we think and they will see through any attempts by the attorneys to ignore detrimental facts. and had a high blood/alcohol content at the time of the attacks. The jury remained deadlocked at 8 to 4 in favor of Mr. Stow for a significant time period. The case hinged upon one juror, a probate attorney, who eventually changed her mind. The final count was 9 to 3. Mr. Girardi reports that the life care plan damages were determined by the jury to be approximately an average between the opposing plans. Adding lost wages and THE GAVEL FALL

10 non-economic damages of $5 million, the jury awarded Mr. Stow $18 million. Unanimously, the jury found no fault on Stow. Lessons for Plaintiffs Bar Mr. Girardi says that if he could give one piece of advice to attorneys who try cases, it would be to admit to the bad facts early on and do not try to hide from those facts. He says that jurors are smarter than we think and they will see through any attempts by the attorneys to ignore detrimental facts. In this case, he owned up to Mr. Stow s blood alcohol content and it paid off. The jurors understood that Mr. Stow, although drinking alcoholic beverages with his friends at a baseball game, did not attempt to drive and did not start a fight. Mr. Girardi also credits this win in part to the significant preparation by his office to determine the jurors attitudes toward the Dodgers and its owners. He stressed that their research revealed that there is a very high regard for Magic Johnson and the O Malleys, both former owners of the Dodgers. He thus made it very clear to the jury that the security problems were created by Frank Mc- Court, and not the other prior owners. It was a hard fought and uphill battle, but a battle that could be won. It is a reminder to our members (and to the defense bar) that despite some bad facts and despite the size and popularity of the defendant, with a little luck and a lot of preparation, justice can be served By Sarah Serpa 8 ORANGE COUNTY TRIAL LAWYERS ASSOCIATION

11 THE BEST PEOPLE. THE BEST PRODUCTS. THE BEST PROCESSES. PARTNERED WITH When you choose The Settlement Alliance-WEST, you gain access to skilled settlement planners, top-rated industry experts, and a strategic planning approach that reduces settlement funding time and improves efficiency. Traci Kaas, CSSC Settlement Planner Certified Financial Transitionist YOUR CLIENTS DESERVE THE BEST. Contact us today for your free consultation Our Services STRUCTURED SETTLEMENTS TRUST SERVICES GOVERNMENT BENEFIT PROTECTION MASS TORT PLANNING LIEN RESOLUTION MEDICARE SET-ASIDES QSF ADMINISTRATION ATTORNEY FEE DEFERRALS The Settlement Alliance-WEST is proud to be the Premiere Sponsor of OCTLA.

12 Neuropsychological Factors in the Evaluation of Traumatic Brain Injury Dr. Arnold Purisch TIhe evaluation of traumatic brain injury requires knowledge of which regions of the brain are most susceptible to being damaged and what types of neuropsychological impairments are associated with damage to these specific regions of the brain. The existence of such a neuropsychological profile supports the presence of a traumatic brain injury. This article will discuss the biomechanical factors resulting in injury to specific regions of the brain and their relationship to the cognitive, emotional and behavioral changes following such damage. Two types of traumatic brain injury will be discussed, the most common type being the acceleration-deceleration injury and the other being the crush injury. The focus will be upon moderate and severe traumatic brain injuries, not concussion and mild traumatic brain injuries. Acceleration-Deceleration Injuries The most common presentation of acceleration/deceleration injury is an abrupt slowing in a head-on high-speed motor vehicle collision resulting in striking the head against a steering wheel or dashboard. In this scenario, the head is propelled backward and then forward (acceleration) only to come to a sudden stop (deceleration) when striking a stationary and unyielding object. Significant acceleration/deceleration typically produces damage through three different mechanisms. One of these is referred to as the coup-contrecoup injury. The coup refers to injury to the brain immediately underlying the point of impact to the head or skull. The brain is far less dense than the skull (some describe it as being the consistency of toothpaste or Jell-O) and when force is applied to the skull, the less dense brain matter is set in rapid motion striking the skull at the point opposite from the impact, which is referred to as the contrecoup injury. The presence of a coup-contrecoup injury signifies that the impact was of sufficient force to set the brain in violent motion and cause two points of bruising. A second mechanism of injury of the acceleration/deceleration type would be rotational forces. Rotational forces are created when the head is struck at an angle 10 ORANGE COUNTY TRIAL LAWYERS ASSOCIATION

13 causing the brain to twist away from the point of impact. In doing so, the fibers and blood vessels of the brain can be stretched, often torqued to the point of damage. The brain fibers that are stretched are the white matter axons and when stretched to the point of breaking, this is referred to as shearing and is associated with a diffuse axonal injury. A third mechanism of injury following acceleration/deceleration injury is again the result of the brain being set in violent motion. In doing so, it can become abraded by the sharp and bony protuberances on the inside of the skull cap (referred to as the calvarium) that houses the brain. These bony protuberances are primarily found in the anterior calvarium, the region housing the inferior frontal lobes and the anterior tips of the temporal lobes. As such, it is not unusual with abrupt and significant movement of the brain to suffer damage to these specific regions of the brain. Thus, if force applied to the skull is of sufficient severity to set the brain in energetic motion, damage can occur to the brain at the point of impact (coup) and the point opposite the impact (contrecoup). It can also result in diffuse axonal shearing and damage to the inferior frontal lobes and anterior temporal lobes. Blunt trauma that also results in a depressed skull fracture can cause direct damage to the point in which the skull is violated if, in fact, the bony fragments lacerate the underlying brain tissue. Specific mechanisms of injury create individual differences depending upon the point of impact to the head. The localization of coup-contrecoup damage to the brain and laceration at the point of a depressed skull fracture can vary from one person to the next. Still, most traumatic brain injury patients display similarities in the regions of the brain that are injured through rotational acceleration and abrading against the rough and sharp edges of the anterior calvarium. Rotational acceleration creates diffuse axonal injury or damage throughout the white matter of the brain, the severity of injury differing as a result of the magnitude of the torque. The extent of damage to the inferior frontal and anterior temporal lobes of the brain also depends upon the force of movement to the brain. Thus, most traumatic brain injury patients display damage to the white matter, inferior frontal and anterior temporal regions of the brain. The neuropsychological profiles the pattern and severity of impairment in behavior, cognition, emotion, and personality are, therefore, predictable, often differing only in degree. Knowledge of the neuropsychological impairments related to the regions of the brain most susceptible to damage provides a template to evaluate whether the problems that manifest after such an injury can be reasonably attributed to the injury in question. A high degree of correspondence to this expected pattern of neuropsychological impairments provides a more reliable indicator that the impairments and resulting disabilities are the result of the traumatic brain injury versus other factors, e.g., psychiatric, exaggeration, etc. The neuropsychological profile of a patient with a significant acceleration-deceleration injury relates to impairment of the functions mediated by the frontotemporal and white matter regions of the brain. The inferior frontal and anterior temporal lobes are involved with executive functions such as self-control and regulation of cognition, behavior and emotions. Cognition is impaired due to faulty control and regulation of thought processes and is manifested in losing one s train of thought, distractibility and faulty multitasking. Disinhibition expresses itself through poorly regulated behavior and emotions. The individual often displays impulsive or excessive behavior. Social behavior can be inappropriate, coarse, rude or overly aggressive and sexual. Emotions can be labile, easily triggered and just as quickly return to baseline. In more severe cases, the damage often includes adjacent dorsolateral and basal regions of the frontal lobe. Dorsolateral damage results in impaired judgment, reasoning, problem solving, planning and cognitive flexibility. Damage to the basal region results in diminished drive and motivation, which can be reflected in a state of apathy. In the most severe injuries, all three regions are damaged and demonstrate the combined effects of impaired executive functioning (e.g. planning, reasoning and flexibility of thought and behavior), disinhibition (e.g., impulsivity, lack of restraint, distractibility) and apathy (e.g., passivity, lack of drive, diminished motivation). The whitish tint of the brain is due to the covering of the axons (fibers that transmit impulses from one neuron to another) with a sheath of lipid (fatty) substance that serves to insulate the axons and speed the transmission of neuronal impulses. The axons can be thought of as the wires or roadways of the brain. Axonal, or white matter, damage, therefore, interferes with the ability of one part of the brain to communicate with other parts of the brain. The cognitive, behavioral and emotional outcomes of this communication process become short-circuited, rerouted or delayed. Ultimately, the brain functions THE GAVEL FALL

14 in a far less efficient manner, resulting in problems maintaining train of thought and gathering thoughts. Thought processes can become sluggish and require deliberate effort that can result in mental fatigue. The Case of B.L. The correlation of injury to specific regions of the brain to expected neuropsychological deficits in cases of traumatic brain injury plays a significant role in forensic neuropsychological analysis. This is demonstrated in the case of B.L. B.L. was 16 years old when he was struck by a car in an intersection. Although there was no documented loss of consciousness, he was amnestic to the event, which is consistent with paramedic and emergency room records describing him as being confused. His altered mental state resulted in a Glasgow Coma Scale (GCS) rating of 14, in the range of a mild traumatic brain injury. A CT scan was negative, indicating the absence of obvious damage to the brain. The GCS of 14 and the negative CT scan indicated that he suffered no more than a mild traumatic brain injury and, given B.L. s age carried with it a very positive prognosis for recovery. However, his continued confusion resulted in precautionary hospital admission for observation. Unexpectedly, B.L. s confusion persisted and resulted in a follow-up CT scan the next day, which demonstrated interval evolution of small hematomas (internal bleeding) in both frontal lobes and a contusion (bruising) of the right temporal lobe. He remained hospitalized for another several days to monitor his status. Within another two days, his confusion began to lift. A final CT scan before discharge indicated that the hematomas were decreasing in size and his mental state was considered within normal limits. When seen by a neurologist a week after discharge, he had many symptoms of a resolving post-concussional syndrome but a very good recovery was expected. Unfortunately, the anticipated recovery did not occur and when I evaluated him two years later, he was still struggling in many areas of his life. He had maintained his school grades but now required twice the time and effort dedicated to his studies than he had needed before his injury. He used to be popular but now found himself to be socially isolated. He could be impulsive and was prone to fits of anger, especially directed toward family members, who he felt were stifling him by being overly protective. He became progressively depressed due to his situation and demonstrated very little insight into his own behavior, tending to blame others for his plight. My neuropsychological evaluation demonstrated that all scores fell within the normal range and a brain MRI was interpreted as being negative. Defense experts ascribed his ongoing problems to various factors such as depression, exaggeration, adolescent adjustment issues and family dysfunction. However, his presentation could not so easily be dismissed as being due to factors 12 ORANGE COUNTY TRIAL LAWYERS ASSOCIATION

15 THE GAVEL FALL

16 other than a residual brain injury. First, the neuropsychological profile demonstrated relative cognitive impairments in functions of the right side of the brain, i.e., visual memory, visuospatial perception and speed of performance of the left hand. While all of these test results were within the normal range, they were no better than average compared to population norms. On the other hand, his verbal memory, language capacities and right-sided motor functioning (all mediated by the left side of the brain) were consistently within the high-average to superior range. Academic testing also revealed only average performance on tests of mathematics compared to reading and spelling, a pattern that can be found with right hemisphere dysfunction. As such, he demonstrated residual problems with the right side of the brain compared to his own baseline but could not be judged to be obviously impaired compared to general population norms. Defense experts simply pointed to his overall normal range performances and concluded that he should not have any problems functioning from a cognitive perspective and that no future limitations should be expected from an academic or vocational perspective. Neuropsychological testing focuses upon sensorimotor and cognitive functions but does not directly measure personality and behavioral changes. Thus, neuropsychological test results can be insensitive to lesions of the brain resulting primarily in personality and behavioral changes, such DeVinney & Dinneen Vocational & Economic Services Terrance Dinneen, M.S. C.R.C., C.E.A. For those cases in which Employability and Economic Losses are an issue We can provide the answers. Certified in both Rehabilitation and Economics Personal injury, wrongful termination, divorce, earning capacity, present value Extensive trial experience in both State and Federal Courts in California, Nevada and Oregon 25 years of practice and experience in Southern California Toll Free Serving the Nevada, California & Oregon area since 1976 as the anterior tips of the temporal lobes and the lower regions of the frontal lobes. B.L. demonstrated diminished insight, poor emotional regulation, impulsivity and inappropriate social skills common to individuals with frontal lobe dysfunction, particularly with greater focus in the right side of the brain. As such, the neuropsychological profile - test results associated with dysfunction to the right side of the brain and behavioral changes associated with frontal and right hemisphere impairments - correlated well with the facts of the injury and it was probable that his complaints were primarily causes by his prior traumatic brain injury. If so, over two years post-injury, it was likely that there would be long-term residuals and that the positive prognosis offered by the defense experts was simply not correct. The plaintiff attorney was advised to pursue additional neurodiagnostic tests. Another MRI was ordered and this one demonstrated mild inferior bifrontal damage, consistent with expectations given B.L. s neuropsychological functioning. This correlation made it much more probable that the interpretation of the second MRI was valid despite the earlier MRI interpretation of negative findings. Furthermore, the correspondence between B.L. s neuropsychological functioning and the neurodiagnostic test findings greatly strengthened the plaintiff s case. Crush Injuries Another form of blunt head trauma is the crush injury. Unlike the acceleration-deceleration injury, the head does not get propelled into motion but remains stationery and is itself struck by a moving object. Examples of such a scenario are being hit by a falling object, such as a beam falling from a height at a construction site, or being kicked in the head during an assault. With a very powerful blow to the side the head, the brain may be propelled into motion before rapidly decelerating upon hitting the calvarium and any of the three mechanisms associated with acceler- 14 ORANGE COUNTY TRIAL LAWYERS ASSOCIATION

17

18 ation-deceleration may result in damage. However, in many crush injuries, the force is either not powerful enough to result in violent propulsion of the brain or the blow is delivered in the vertical plane, i.e., from the top down. In such instances, the major site of damage is typically confined to the region of the brain underlying the point of impact to the skull. The brain does not rotate, so there is no axonal shearing and the white matter is not diffusely injured (but might be injured focally underlying the point of impact). The brain does not significantly abrade upon the rough surfaces of the anterior calvarium and there is no primary damage to the frontotemporal region (unless the point of impact is in this region). A contrecoup injury does not occur as there is no hard calvarium surface for the brain to strike. Consequently, the damage to the brain in a crush injury can be quite limited, the result of focal contusing underlying the point of impact. Unfortunately, the much greater prevalence of acceleration-deceler- ation traumatic brain injuries often results in a blind spot for many evaluators in recognizing the presence of a damage resulting from a crushing impact. In essence, if the signs and symptoms emanating from blunt trauma do not reflect diffuse axonal damage or frontotemporal damage, the likelihood of a traumatic brain injury is rejected. Any focal signs or symptoms resulting from the focal contusing are considered to result from other factors. A tangible injury, with legitimate disability, can be incorrectly dismissed. The chronic neuropsychological profile of acceleration-deceleration injuries include impairment of executive functioning due to frontotemporal damage and slowing and loss of train of thought due to diffuse axonal damage, as already discussed. The chronic neuropsychological profile of a crush injury, on the other hand, is often limited to the type of impairments associated with damage to a specific region of the brain. The acute neuropsychological profile that follows immediately after an acceleration/deceleration injury consists of a significant alteration of consciousness, with loss of consciousness present in most cases or, at the least, a protracted period of significant confusion and disorientation. The acute neuropsychological profile of a crush injury, on the other hand, may lack any significant alteration of consciousness; only rarely is there protracted confusion and disorientation or more than a brief loss of consciousness. (One exception to this observation is when the vertical force is sufficiently powerful to result in an accordion-like effect in which the brain is pushed downward with enough momentum to damage or literally crush the brain stem, the region of the brain responsible for arousal and alertness.) Indeed, there have been cases of individuals presenting to an emergency room with sharp objects such as a knife penetrating into their brain who are fully conscious, oriented and alert. Crush injuries, therefore, can often be underappreciated due to the dictum 16 ORANGE COUNTY TRIAL LAWYERS ASSOCIATION

19

20 that a traumatic brain injury is associated with an alteration of consciousness. The Case of H.I. I recently evaluated a 30 year old man, H.I., who was assaulted in a bar. When on the ground, the assailant brutally kicked him in the left posterior region of his head with a steel toed boot. There was evidence of trauma to the left forehead and left parieto-occipital region of the scalp. Any issues related to an alteration of consciousness due to the head injury were complicated by the fact that the victim was highly intoxicated at the time. He suffered a loss of consciousness, but by the time the paramedics arrived, he was sitting up and interactive. They described him as alert and oriented with a GCS score of 15. On the other hand, they described him as combative, a state often associated with posttraumatic confusion. Certainly, given comments that he was intoxicated, some degree of confusion would be expected associated with the combined effects of the concussion and the alcohol. He was transported to the hospital where his mental state was not raised as an issue. A CT scan was reported to show soft tissue swelling of the left frontal bone and both high parietal bones but with a normal brain. He discharged himself against medical advice and was taken home, where he woke up the next morning with almost no memory of what had happened over the prior several hours. When I evaluated H.I. several months post-injury, he complained of a variety of cognitive, emotional and physical problems. His vocational and social functioning had been significantly impacted. During the clinical interview and testing, he was able to express himself fairly well but showed signs of depression and anxiety. A consideration of these factors clearly argued again the presence of a traumatic brain injury. While he received a definite blow to the head, his mental state was not more than mildly impaired acutely following the injury; any abnormalities reasonably being attributed to some extent to his state of intoxication. He had a normal CT scan of brain. His relatively intact ability to communicate during the interview and testing was not consistent with his multiple complaints and functional disability. As such, his problems could arguably be attributed to his emotional distress and/or exaggeration, as was opined by defense experts. On the other hand, neuropsychological testing revealed a pattern of impairment consistent with dysfunction of the left side of the brain. There was nothing in H.I. s history that would have raised suspicion that such impairments were preexisting. He was reevaluated more than a year and a half after the initial evaluation. During this period, his functioning had fluctuated but, overall, his complaints remained fairly consistent, contrary to expectations given the recovery curve following a traumatic brain injury. Again, opinions connecting his continued problems to a psychiatric cause and/or to exaggeration are not unreasonable. However, neuropsychological testing provided evidence for the existence of dysfunction to the left side of the brain could not be obviously attributed to any preexisting condition, current psychiatric disability and/or exaggeration. It was probable that a portion of his disability was due to a focal injury to the left side of his brain consistent with the point of impact of the crushing blow to his head. Conclusion Biomechanical forces resulting from acceleration-deceleration or crush injuries result in predictable consequences to the brain. Knowledge of the neuropsychological impairments related to the regions of the brain most susceptible to damage provides a template to evaluate whether the problems that manifest after such an injury can be reasonably attributed to the injury in question. Of course, the failure to match this template 18 ORANGE COUNTY TRIAL LAWYERS ASSOCIATION

Table of Contents. 1. What should I do when the other driver s insurance company contacts me?... 1

Table of Contents. 1. What should I do when the other driver s insurance company contacts me?... 1 Table of Contents 1. What should I do when the other driver s insurance company contacts me?... 1 2. Who should be paying my medical bills from a car accident injury?... 2 3. What should I do after the

More information

The Petrylaw Lawsuits Settlements and Injury Settlement Report

The Petrylaw Lawsuits Settlements and Injury Settlement Report The Petrylaw Lawsuits Settlements and Injury Settlement Report TRAUMATIC BRAIN INJURIES How Minnesota Juries Decide the Value of Pain and Suffering in Brain Injury Cases The Petrylaw Lawsuits Settlements

More information

Traumatic Brain Injury Lawsuit

Traumatic Brain Injury Lawsuit Traumatic Brain Injury Lawsuit D Legal Guide Simple Step-By-Step Guide to Your Brain & Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) [Type text] Distributed By: www.downtownlalw.com A Simple Step-by-Step Guide to your

More information

NFL, RETIRED PLAYERS RESOLVE CONCUSSION LITIGATION; COURT-APPOINTED MEDIATOR HAILS HISTORIC AGREEMENT. Thousands of Retirees and Families to Benefit

NFL, RETIRED PLAYERS RESOLVE CONCUSSION LITIGATION; COURT-APPOINTED MEDIATOR HAILS HISTORIC AGREEMENT. Thousands of Retirees and Families to Benefit ALTERNATIVE DISPUTE RESOLUTION CENTER 840 Newport Center Drive Suite 450 Newport Beach, CA 92660-6324 Telephone: (949) 760-5288 Fax: (949) 760-5289 NFL, RETIRED PLAYERS RESOLVE CONCUSSION LITIGATION; COURT-APPOINTED

More information

Background on Brain Injury

Background on Brain Injury CHAPTER 1 Background on Brain Injury In this chapter, you will: Read about Alberta s definition of Acquired Brain Injury and how that affects which supports you will be able to access. Learn about the

More information

TRAUMATIC BRAIN INJURIES AND THE LAW A General Overview. Christine Zaremski-Young, Esquire

TRAUMATIC BRAIN INJURIES AND THE LAW A General Overview. Christine Zaremski-Young, Esquire TRAUMATIC BRAIN INJURIES AND THE LAW A General Overview Christine Zaremski-Young, Esquire WHAT IS A TRAUMATIC BRAIN INJURY? TRAUMATIC BRAIN INJURY CDC DEFINITION A bump, blow, or jolt to the head or a

More information

RIGHT Lawyers. Stacy Rocheleau, Esq. Gary Thompson, Esq.

RIGHT Lawyers. Stacy Rocheleau, Esq. Gary Thompson, Esq. rightlawyers.com RIGHT Lawyers Right Lawyers has successfully represented numerous clients in the areas of car accidents, work injuries, and slip and falls. The goal of this guide is to provide you answers

More information

CatastrophiC injury / Wrongful Death

CatastrophiC injury / Wrongful Death CatastrophiC injury / Wrongful Death 360 www.mpplaw.com about our practice Morris polich & purdy llp has a team of seasoned trial attorneys dedicated to handling, in both state and federal court, high-exposure

More information

By: Brett D. Baber, Esq. and Steven Blackwell, Esq. Lanham Blackwell & Baber Attorneys. 207.942.2898 www.lanhamblackwell.com

By: Brett D. Baber, Esq. and Steven Blackwell, Esq. Lanham Blackwell & Baber Attorneys. 207.942.2898 www.lanhamblackwell.com By: Brett D. Baber, Esq. and Steven Blackwell, Esq. Lanham Blackwell & Baber Attorneys I m part of the professional and dedicated team of civil litigation attorneys and mediators at Lanham Blackwell &

More information

BINSA Information on Brain Injury

BINSA Information on Brain Injury Acquired Brain Injury (ABI) There are a number of ways an individual can suffer an acquired brain injury (ABI) Figure one - ABI causes Significant causes of ABI Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) Traumatic Brain

More information

Nine Question You Should Always Ask Every Lawyer You Interview in a Personal Injury or Wrongful Death Case

Nine Question You Should Always Ask Every Lawyer You Interview in a Personal Injury or Wrongful Death Case Nine Question You Should Always Ask Every Lawyer You Interview in a Personal Injury or Wrongful Death Case Here are 9 questions you should ask EVERY lawyer you interview to represent you in a personal

More information

WHEN IT COMES TO. Personal Injury Law, LEARN. UNDERSTAND. ACT.

WHEN IT COMES TO. Personal Injury Law, LEARN. UNDERSTAND. ACT. WHEN IT COMES TO Personal Injury Law, LEARN. UNDERSTAND. ACT. When It Comes to Personal Injury Law, Learn. Understand. Act. Although individuals may have heard the term personal injury before, many do

More information

My Attorney. What A Personal Injury Lawyer Can Do For You. By Christopher M. Davis, Attorney at Law

My Attorney. What A Personal Injury Lawyer Can Do For You. By Christopher M. Davis, Attorney at Law My Attorney What A Personal Injury Lawyer Can Do For You By Christopher M. Davis, Attorney at Law Davis Law Group, P.S. 2101 Fourth Avenue Suite 630 Seattle, WA 98121 206-727-4000 Davis Law Group, P.S.

More information

A successful law career that spans nearly 40 years has to start somewhere.

A successful law career that spans nearly 40 years has to start somewhere. February 11, 2002 News Story By Kelly A. McCauley Lawrence Gursten Education: Wayne State University Law School (1965) Experience: Gursten, Koltonow, Gursten, Christensen & Raitt, Southfield Professional

More information

Persuasion and Settlement Techniques at Mediation

Persuasion and Settlement Techniques at Mediation THE LAW OFFICES OF DIANA SANTA MARIA, P.A. University Place 5220 South University Drive SUITE 205C FT. LAUDERDALE, FL. 33328 (954) 434-1077 1-800-668-2156 Website: www.santamarialaw.net e-mail address:diana@santamarialaw.net

More information

IN THE COURT OF APPEAL OF THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA SECOND APPELLATE DISTRICT DIVISION FIVE

IN THE COURT OF APPEAL OF THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA SECOND APPELLATE DISTRICT DIVISION FIVE Filed 10/22/99 CERTIFIED FOR PUBLICATION IN THE COURT OF APPEAL OF THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA SECOND APPELLATE DISTRICT DIVISION FIVE DILLON BOLTON, Plaintiff and Appellant, B123278 (Super. Ct. No. SC037295)

More information

MEDICAL MALPRACTICE CASE RESULTS

MEDICAL MALPRACTICE CASE RESULTS CASE RESULTS INFORMATION Please note that every case is different and these verdicts and settlements, while accurate, do not represent what we may obtain for you in your case. Nor does it mean that we

More information

www.tremontsheldon.com

www.tremontsheldon.com 64 Lyon Terrace Bridgeport, CT 06604 Telephone: 203-335-5145 In State Toll Free: 877-335-5145 www.tremontsheldon.com Trial Attorneys Proud to Help the Injured and Abused for Over 50 Years in Connecticut

More information

CREATIVE DEMONSTRATIVE EVIDENCE: ADDING THE MIDAS TOUCH. We all know that the use of demonstrative evidence can be crucial to the jury s ability to

CREATIVE DEMONSTRATIVE EVIDENCE: ADDING THE MIDAS TOUCH. We all know that the use of demonstrative evidence can be crucial to the jury s ability to CREATIVE DEMONSTRATIVE EVIDENCE: ADDING THE MIDAS TOUCH A. Introduction We all know that the use of demonstrative evidence can be crucial to the jury s ability to understand complex issues at trial. There

More information

A Mediation Primer for the Plaintiff s Attorney

A Mediation Primer for the Plaintiff s Attorney By: Bruce Brusavich A Mediation Primer for the Plaintiff s Attorney Making your case stand out to the other side, and what to do when they ask you to dance. Make the Defense Ask to Mediate Obtaining a

More information

The Indiana Trial Lawyer Association s Lifetime Achievement Seminar. Honoring Peter L. Obremsky. May 23-24, 2005

The Indiana Trial Lawyer Association s Lifetime Achievement Seminar. Honoring Peter L. Obremsky. May 23-24, 2005 The Indiana Trial Lawyer Association s Lifetime Achievement Seminar Honoring Peter L. Obremsky May 23-24, 2005 The Use of Medical Literature in the Brain Injury Case Thomas C. Doehrman Doehrman-Chamberlain

More information

What Is Small Claims Court? What Types Of Cases Can Be Filed In Small Claims Court? Should I Sue? Do I Have the Defendant s Address?

What Is Small Claims Court? What Types Of Cases Can Be Filed In Small Claims Court? Should I Sue? Do I Have the Defendant s Address? SMALL CLAIMS COURT What Is Small Claims Court? Nebraska law requires that every county court in the state have a division known as Small Claims Court (Nebraska Revised Statute 25-2801). Small Claims Court

More information

HOW TO FIND, INTERVIEW AND HIRE A PERSONAL INJURY OR WRONGFUL DEATH LAWYER- Nine Questions Every Client Needs to Ask (and the answers they need to

HOW TO FIND, INTERVIEW AND HIRE A PERSONAL INJURY OR WRONGFUL DEATH LAWYER- Nine Questions Every Client Needs to Ask (and the answers they need to HOW TO FIND, INTERVIEW AND HIRE A PERSONAL INJURY OR WRONGFUL DEATH LAWYER- Nine Questions Every Client Needs to Ask (and the answers they need to hear!) Introduction The "perfect" personal injury and

More information

BINSA Information on Mild Traumatic Brain Injury

BINSA Information on Mild Traumatic Brain Injury Mild traumatic brain injuries (MTBI) occur through sporting, car and workplace accidents. Mild brain injury is not easily diagnosed. This fact sheet explains how it may be recognised and assessed, and

More information

Commonly Used Terms in Auto Accident Cases

Commonly Used Terms in Auto Accident Cases Commonly Used Terms in Auto Accident Cases 117 South Willow Avenue Tampa, Florida 33606 Toll Free: 877-444-2929 Phone: 813-223-2929 Fax: 813-251-6853 Definitions are specific as to Florida Law. Other state

More information

INJURY LAW ALERT FALL 2010 ISSUE TRAUMATIC BRAIN INJURIES

INJURY LAW ALERT FALL 2010 ISSUE TRAUMATIC BRAIN INJURIES INJURY LAW ALERT FALL 2010 ISSUE TRAUMATIC BRAIN INJURIES People who are injured in an accident can suffer many different kinds of injuries. Among the most serious, as well as the hardest to diagnose and

More information

Auto accidents can cause thousands or even millions of dollars in losses due to medical expenditures, an inability to work, a reduction in future

Auto accidents can cause thousands or even millions of dollars in losses due to medical expenditures, an inability to work, a reduction in future TEXAS AUTO ACCIDENTS Auto accidents can cause thousands or even millions of dollars in losses due to medical expenditures, an inability to work, a reduction in future earnings, or the untimely death of

More information

Common Myths About Personal Injury and Wrongful Death Cases 1. By B. Keith Williams

Common Myths About Personal Injury and Wrongful Death Cases 1. By B. Keith Williams Common Myths About Personal Injury and Wrongful Death Cases 1 By B. Keith Williams There are several myths about accident cases and the attorneys that handle them. It is important to keep these myths in

More information

WHAT SHOULD I DO IF I HAVE AN AUTO ACCIDENT? 1. If I have an auto accident, do I have to stop? 2. What should I do if someone is injured?

WHAT SHOULD I DO IF I HAVE AN AUTO ACCIDENT? 1. If I have an auto accident, do I have to stop? 2. What should I do if someone is injured? WHAT SHOULD I DO IF I HAVE AN AUTO ACCIDENT? 1. If I have an auto accident, do I have to stop? 2. What should I do if someone is injured? 3. How can I get help? 4. What information should I gather at the

More information

How Do People Settle Disputes? How a Civil Trial Works in California

How Do People Settle Disputes? How a Civil Trial Works in California Article brought to you by the Administrative Office of the California Courts and California Council for the Social Studies in partnership for Civic Education How Do People Settle Disputes? How a Civil

More information

THIRTY FOURTH JUDICIAL DISTRICT COURT PARISH OF ST. BERNARD STATE OF LOUISIANA TERRENCE FEDELE VERSUS CHALMETTE MEDICAL CENTER, INC.

THIRTY FOURTH JUDICIAL DISTRICT COURT PARISH OF ST. BERNARD STATE OF LOUISIANA TERRENCE FEDELE VERSUS CHALMETTE MEDICAL CENTER, INC. THIRTY FOURTH JUDICIAL DISTRICT COURT PARISH OF ST. BERNARD STATE OF LOUISIANA NUMBER 89-352 DIVISION B TERRENCE FEDELE VERSUS CHALMETTE MEDICAL CENTER, INC. FILED DEPUTY CLERK REASONS FOR JUDGMENT This

More information

TIPS AND ADVICE TO ENSURE THE BEST OUTCOME FOR YOUR PERSONAL INJURY CASE.

TIPS AND ADVICE TO ENSURE THE BEST OUTCOME FOR YOUR PERSONAL INJURY CASE. A CONSUMER S GUIDE TO A SUCCESSFUL PERSONAL INJURY CLAIM TIPS AND ADVICE TO ENSURE THE BEST OUTCOME FOR YOUR PERSONAL INJURY CASE. MATERIAL PROVIDED BY: DICAUDO & YODER, LLC A CONSUMER S GUIDE TO A SUCCESSFUL

More information

Choosing a Lawyer .JUREWITZ. By Ross A. Jurewitz Injury Accident Attorney, Jurewitz Law Group

Choosing a Lawyer .JUREWITZ. By Ross A. Jurewitz Injury Accident Attorney, Jurewitz Law Group Choosing a Lawyer How to Choose a Great Lawyer for Your Injury Accident Case By Ross A. Jurewitz Injury Accident Attorney, Jurewitz Law Group.JUREWITZ LAW GROUP Jurewitz Law Group 600 B Street Suite 1550

More information

Lowcountry Injury Law

Lowcountry Injury Law Lowcountry Injury Law 1917 Lovejoy Street Post Office Drawer 850 Beaufort, South Carolina 29901 Personal Injury Phone (843) 524-9445 Auto Accidents Fax (843) 532-9254 Workers Comp DanDenton@Lawyer.com

More information

Proving Causation and Damages in Spinal Fusion Cases

Proving Causation and Damages in Spinal Fusion Cases Page 1 of 7 Ben Brodhead on proving causation and damages in spinal fusion cases. Friend on Facebook Follow on Twitter Forward to a Friend Proving Causation and Damages in Spinal Fusion Cases By: Ben C.

More information

Memory, Behaviour, Emotional and Personality Changes after a Brain Injury

Memory, Behaviour, Emotional and Personality Changes after a Brain Injury Memory, Behaviour, Emotional and Personality Changes after a Brain Injury The consequences of a brain injury on any individual, family or relationship are far reaching. A brain injury not only impacts

More information

Brain Injury Litigation. Peter W. Burg Burg Simpson Eldredge Hersh & Jardine, P.C. www.burgsimpson.com

Brain Injury Litigation. Peter W. Burg Burg Simpson Eldredge Hersh & Jardine, P.C. www.burgsimpson.com Brain Injury Litigation Peter W. Burg Burg Simpson Eldredge Hersh & Jardine, P.C. www.burgsimpson.com Some General Facts About Traumatic Brain Injury TBIs contribute to a substantial number of deaths and

More information

WHAT IS THE LAW SURROUNDING CAR ACCIDENTS?

WHAT IS THE LAW SURROUNDING CAR ACCIDENTS? WHAT IS THE LAW SURROUNDING CAR ACCIDENTS? How Does The Law Determine Who s At Fault? When determining fault, there is no one answer that covers all scenarios. Accidents produce and are produced by many

More information

What Is My Injury Claim Worth?

What Is My Injury Claim Worth? What Is My Injury Claim Worth? How insurance companies evaluate your injury accident case Based on California law. Written by a California licensed injury accident lawyer for Californians. Provided for

More information

FREE SPECIAL REPORT WANT TO PROTECT YOUR FAMILY? WHAT YOU ABSOLUTELY, POSITIVELY HAVE TO KNOW WHEN BUYING CAR INSURANCE.

FREE SPECIAL REPORT WANT TO PROTECT YOUR FAMILY? WHAT YOU ABSOLUTELY, POSITIVELY HAVE TO KNOW WHEN BUYING CAR INSURANCE. FREE SPECIAL REPORT WANT TO PROTECT YOUR FAMILY? WHAT YOU ABSOLUTELY, POSITIVELY HAVE TO KNOW WHEN BUYING CAR INSURANCE. Keep reading to learn What are your chances of having an accident in Kentucky with

More information

Do You Have a Case? Truck Accident. ebooklet. Andrew Miller. 201 South 3rd Street Logansport, IN 46947 P: (574) 722-6676. www.starrausten.

Do You Have a Case? Truck Accident. ebooklet. Andrew Miller. 201 South 3rd Street Logansport, IN 46947 P: (574) 722-6676. www.starrausten. Do You Have a Case? Truck Accident ebooklet Andrew Miller 201 South 3rd Street Logansport, IN 46947 P: (574) 722-6676 www.starrausten.com Disclaimer No attempt is made to establish an attorney-client relationship

More information

What is a concussion? What are the symptoms of a concussion? What happens to the brain during a concussion?

What is a concussion? What are the symptoms of a concussion? What happens to the brain during a concussion? What is a concussion? The working definition used today for concussion is a complex pathophysiological process affecting the brain, induced by traumatic biomechanical forces (developed by the consensus

More information

Managing Jones Act Personal Injury Litigation The Vessel Owner s Perspective. Lawrence R. DeMarcay, III

Managing Jones Act Personal Injury Litigation The Vessel Owner s Perspective. Lawrence R. DeMarcay, III Managing Jones Act Personal Injury Litigation The Vessel Owner s Perspective by Lawrence R. DeMarcay, III Presented to the Offshore Marine Services Association / Loyola College of Law Industry Seminar

More information

The Top Things You Can Do To Screw Up Your Colorado Car Wreck Case

The Top Things You Can Do To Screw Up Your Colorado Car Wreck Case 5 The Top Things You Can Do To Screw Up Your Colorado Car Wreck Case Gordon and Barkley Heuser Heuser & Heuser LLP The Top 5 Things You Can Do To Screw Up Your Colorado Car Wreck Case As you know, auto

More information

Traumatic Brain Injury and Incarceration. Objectives. Traumatic Brain Injury. Which came first, the injury or the behavior?

Traumatic Brain Injury and Incarceration. Objectives. Traumatic Brain Injury. Which came first, the injury or the behavior? Traumatic Brain Injury and Incarceration Which came first, the injury or the behavior? Barbara Burchell Curtis RN, MSN Objectives Upon completion of discussion, participants should be able to Describe

More information

Mandatory Arbitration

Mandatory Arbitration Mandatory Arbitration The Alternative To Trial By Christopher M. Davis, Attorney at Law 206-727-4000 Phone: 206-727-4000 Fax: 206-727-4001 info@injurytriallawyer.com Copyright 2007 by Christopher Michael

More information

PRACTICAL ADVICE ON THE MOST EFFECTIVE WAY TO SETTLE YOUR CASE WITH THE GOVERNMENT

PRACTICAL ADVICE ON THE MOST EFFECTIVE WAY TO SETTLE YOUR CASE WITH THE GOVERNMENT PRACTICAL ADVICE ON THE MOST EFFECTIVE WAY TO SETTLE YOUR CASE WITH THE GOVERNMENT This article is collaboration between the panel moderator Brian J. Alexander and panel participants, Richard Saltsman,

More information

Please Step Out of The Car

Please Step Out of The Car Urban Survival Guide: Please Step Out of The Car A Step by Step Guide Through The Los Angeles DUI & DMV Process MR DUI LA Attorney Mark Rosenfeld The Law Office of Mark Rosenfeld 800-9700-DUI (384) MRDUILA.com

More information

Personal Injury Cases in California

Personal Injury Cases in California Personal Injury Cases in California What is a Personal Injury Case? A personal injury or catastrophic injury case occurs when a person has suffered some form of severe physical or psychological injury

More information

PUBLICATION PROVIDED BY: RISSMAN, BARRETT, HURT DONAHUE & McLAIN, P.A.

PUBLICATION PROVIDED BY: RISSMAN, BARRETT, HURT DONAHUE & McLAIN, P.A. PUBLICATION PROVIDED BY: RISSMAN, BARRETT, HURT DONAHUE & McLAIN, P.A. 201 EAST PINE STREET 15 TH FLOOR P.O. BOX 4940 ORLANDO, FLORIDA 32802-4940 TELEPHONE (407) 839-0120 TELECOPIER (407) 841-9726 ORLANDO@RISSMAN.COM

More information

TRIAL IS DEFINED AS, A FAILURE TO SETTLE. The Mediator s Perspective

TRIAL IS DEFINED AS, A FAILURE TO SETTLE. The Mediator s Perspective TRIAL IS DEFINED AS, A FAILURE TO SETTLE The Mediator s Perspective By Professor John Burwell Garvey Franklin Pierce Law Center For the typical case involving insurance defense, mediation should be the

More information

WHAT TO DO IN CASE OF A CAR ACCIDENT or SLIP & FALL ACCIDENT

WHAT TO DO IN CASE OF A CAR ACCIDENT or SLIP & FALL ACCIDENT WHAT TO DO IN CASE OF A CAR ACCIDENT or SLIP & FALL ACCIDENT 10 things you must do after a motor vehicle accident How to talk to an insurance claim adjuster The steps you must take after a slip / trip

More information

http://www.pbookshop.com

http://www.pbookshop.com Why a Personal Injury Practice Is Different I wrote in the first two editions of this book that starting a personal injury practice is not for the fainthearted. Sadly, that fact is even truer today than

More information

Buyer Beware. Things To Know About Buying Car Insurance In Washington State. By Christopher M. Davis, Attorney at Law

Buyer Beware. Things To Know About Buying Car Insurance In Washington State. By Christopher M. Davis, Attorney at Law Buyer Beware Things To Know About Buying Car Insurance In Washington State By Christopher M. Davis, Attorney at Law Davis Law Group, P.S. 2101 Fourth Avenue Suite 630 Seattle, WA 98121 206-727-4000 Davis

More information

EVALUATING THE LOW IMPACT AUTO CASE. Dana G. Taunton BEASLEY, ALLEN, CROW, METHVIN, PORTIS & MILES, P.C. Montgomery, Alabama 36104

EVALUATING THE LOW IMPACT AUTO CASE. Dana G. Taunton BEASLEY, ALLEN, CROW, METHVIN, PORTIS & MILES, P.C. Montgomery, Alabama 36104 EVALUATING THE LOW IMPACT AUTO CASE Dana G. Taunton BEASLEY, ALLEN, CROW, METHVIN, PORTIS & MILES, P.C. Montgomery, Alabama 36104 I. INTRODUCTION Low impact auto cases may be simple or complex. A simple

More information

WHAT TO DO Immediately After Being Involved in an Auto Accident

WHAT TO DO Immediately After Being Involved in an Auto Accident WHAT TO DO Immediately After Being Involved in an Auto Accident BY EDDIE E. FARAH & CHARLIE E. FARAH, ATTORNEYS AT LAW If a person is seriously injured, do not move them unless they are in imminent danger.

More information

Scott is admitted to practice in all state and federal courts of Florida.

Scott is admitted to practice in all state and federal courts of Florida. Scott C. Murray Esq. - BIOGRAPHY Scott C. Murray is a dedicated attorney, representing clients who have suffered injury due to the negligence of others. He pursues justice in personal injury and wrongful

More information

Superior knowledge. Relentless advocacy.

Superior knowledge. Relentless advocacy. KYLE AND WES ARE AMONG THE NEXT GENERATION OF GREAT TRIAL LAWYERS. Bruce Kaster, Kaster & Lynch, P.A. Ocala, Florida Superior knowledge. Relentless advocacy. Those words perfectly describe Farrar & Ball

More information

C U R R I C U L U M VITAE M A R K E. ED WARDS A T TORNEY AT LAW

C U R R I C U L U M VITAE M A R K E. ED WARDS A T TORNEY AT LAW C U R R I C U L U M VITAE M A R K E. ED WARDS A T TORNEY AT LAW Mark E. Edwards, Esq., CSB #68856 17822 17 th Street, Suite 205 Tustin CA 92780-2152 Telephone: (714)669-1487 Facsimile: (714)669-9304 Email:

More information

Your Accident Attorney

Your Accident Attorney Your Accident Attorney What a Personal Injury Attorney Can Do For You By Ross A. Jurewitz Injury Accident Attorney, Jurewitz Law Group Jurewitz Law Group 600 B Street Suite San Diego, CA 92101 Tel: 619-233-5020

More information

EXCUSES USED BY INSURANCE COMPANIES To Avoid Paying a Fair & Reasonable Settlement

EXCUSES USED BY INSURANCE COMPANIES To Avoid Paying a Fair & Reasonable Settlement EXCUSES USED BY INSURANCE COMPANIES To Avoid Paying a Fair & Reasonable Settlement BY EDDIE E. FARAH & CHARLIE E. FARAH, ATTORNEYS AT LAW Seatbelts or other safety devices were available in the vehicle

More information

(404) 919-9756 david@davidbrauns.com www.davidbrauns.com

(404) 919-9756 david@davidbrauns.com www.davidbrauns.com You are probably reading this guide because you were recently in an automobile accident. Now you are faced with some difficulties. The tasks of managing your care and your insurance claim can be confusing

More information

The Role of Neuropsychological Testing in Guiding Decision- Making Related to Dementia

The Role of Neuropsychological Testing in Guiding Decision- Making Related to Dementia The Role of Neuropsychological Testing in Guiding Decision- Making Related to Dementia By Scott Knight, Director, SLR Diagnostics & Assessments, a division of Sibley & Associates Inc., and Konstantine

More information

Injury Case Roadmap. The Legal Process For Personal Injury Cases. By Christopher M. Davis, Attorney at Law

Injury Case Roadmap. The Legal Process For Personal Injury Cases. By Christopher M. Davis, Attorney at Law Injury Case Roadmap The Legal Process For Personal Injury Cases By Christopher M. Davis, Attorney at Law Davis Law Group, P.S. 2101 Fourth Avenue Suite 630 Seattle, WA 98121 206-727-4000 Davis Law Group,

More information

THE GLOVE COMPARTMENT COMPANION ACCIDENTS HAPPEN. What Should You Do When They Happen To You? SPONSORED BY THE. Hunt Law Firm

THE GLOVE COMPARTMENT COMPANION ACCIDENTS HAPPEN. What Should You Do When They Happen To You? SPONSORED BY THE. Hunt Law Firm THE GLOVE COMPARTMENT COMPANION ACCIDENTS HAPPEN What Should You Do When They Happen To You? SPONSORED BY THE Hunt Law Firm 337-310-9111 www.huntlawfirm.com KEEP THIS GUIDE IN YOUR GLOVE COMPARTMENT AT

More information

TRAUMATIC BRAIN INJURY

TRAUMATIC BRAIN INJURY 1 TRAUMATIC BRAIN INJURY WHAT IS IT? Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) is caused by impact to the head in turn causes damage to the brain. TBI can happen at the time of the impact or later on. The injury may

More information

Head Injury in Children

Head Injury in Children Head Injury in Children The worst fear of every parent is to receive news that your child has been injured in an accident. Unfortunately, in our society, accidental injuries have become the leading threat

More information

B U R T & D A V I E S PERSONAL INJURY LAWYERS

B U R T & D A V I E S PERSONAL INJURY LAWYERS TRANSPORT ACCIDENT LAW - TRAUMATIC BRAIN INJURY Traumatic Brain Injury ( TBI ) is a common injury in transport accidents. TBI s are probably the most commonly undiagnosed injuries in a hospital setting.

More information

What Happens Next? By Ross A. Jurewitz Injury Accident Attorney, Jurewitz Law Group. Tel: 619-233-5020 Toll Free: 888-233-5020 contact@jurewitz.

What Happens Next? By Ross A. Jurewitz Injury Accident Attorney, Jurewitz Law Group. Tel: 619-233-5020 Toll Free: 888-233-5020 contact@jurewitz. What Happens Next? The Legal Process Roadmap for Personal Injury Cases By Ross A. Jurewitz Injury Accident Attorney, Jurewitz Law Group Jurewitz Law Group 600 B Street Suite 1550 San Diego, CA 92101 Tel:

More information

February 19, 2014 LIABILITY

February 19, 2014 LIABILITY February 19, 2014 VIA FEDERAL EXPRESS & ELECTRONIC MAIL (ADJUSTER@INSURANCECOMPANY.COM) OFFER OF SETTLEMENT Ms. Jane Adjuster Insurance Company 1234 Any Street Atlanta, GA Re: My Clients Sherry Battle

More information

USE OF DEMONSTRATIVE EVIDENCE IN THE TRIAL OF A MILD TRAUMATIC BRAIN INJURY CASE. Your client, who sustained a closed head injury in an

USE OF DEMONSTRATIVE EVIDENCE IN THE TRIAL OF A MILD TRAUMATIC BRAIN INJURY CASE. Your client, who sustained a closed head injury in an USE OF DEMONSTRATIVE EVIDENCE IN THE TRIAL OF A MILD TRAUMATIC BRAIN INJURY CASE Your client, who sustained a closed head injury in an automobile crash one year ago, appears perfectly fine as his trial

More information

1O SECRETS OF GEORGIA CAR WRECK CLAIMS

1O SECRETS OF GEORGIA CAR WRECK CLAIMS 1O SECRETS OF GEORGIA CAR WRECK CLAIMS 1O SECRETS OF GEORGIA CAR WRECK CLAIMS L. TY WILSON, P.C. TyWilsonLaw.com 770 948 5454 W O R D A S S O C I A T I O N P U B L I S H E R S www.wordassociation.com

More information

STEPS IN A LOUISIANA PERSONAL INJURY LAWSUIT

STEPS IN A LOUISIANA PERSONAL INJURY LAWSUIT STEPS IN A LOUISIANA PERSONAL INJURY LAWSUIT Having at least a basic understanding of the most common steps involved in a typical personal injury case may help empower you as a victim. Broussard & Hart,

More information

RIGHT UNDER YOUR NOSE HOW TO TELL IF A PRODUCT LIABILITY SUIT IS BURIED WITHIN YOUR ROAD WRECK CASE FILES

RIGHT UNDER YOUR NOSE HOW TO TELL IF A PRODUCT LIABILITY SUIT IS BURIED WITHIN YOUR ROAD WRECK CASE FILES RIGHT UNDER YOUR NOSE HOW TO TELL IF A PRODUCT LIABILITY SUIT IS BURIED WITHIN YOUR ROAD WRECK CASE FILES By Lee Wallace The Wallace Law Firm, L.L.C. 2170 Defoor Hills Rd. Atlanta, Georgia 30318 404-814-0465

More information

HOW MUCH MONEY IS WORTH? MY SLIP AND FALL CASE

HOW MUCH MONEY IS WORTH? MY SLIP AND FALL CASE HOW MUCH MONEY IS MY SLIP AND FALL CASE WORTH? Knowledge of the Value of Your Claim Can Help You to Determine If a Settlement Offer Is Reasonable and Appropriate Given the Circumstances of the Fall and

More information

A Guide for Childhood Sexual Abuse Survivors

A Guide for Childhood Sexual Abuse Survivors You are not alone. It was not your fault. You have courage. You have choices. You have power. We re here to help. A Guide for Childhood Sexual Abuse Survivors Breaking the silence. Raising Awareness. Fighting

More information

What to expect when you are injured in a New York accident!

What to expect when you are injured in a New York accident! What to expect when you are injured in a New York accident! An ebook by Stuart DiMartini 1325 Sixth Avenue, 27 th Floor New York, NY 10019 dimartinilaw.com 2012 Law Offices of Stuart DiMartini P a g e

More information

Labor & Employment Law Update

Labor & Employment Law Update , California 90071, California 92260-4305 Wrongful Termination/Retaliation for First Quarter 2007 WRONGFUL TERMINATION Catherine Coble, Esq. Public employer has immunity against direct liability for wrongful

More information

COLUMNS. FEATURES In-Depth Analysis: STOP! Did You Just Jeopardize Your Client s Settlement? by Traci Kaas NUTS & BOLTS IBIDEM

COLUMNS. FEATURES In-Depth Analysis: STOP! Did You Just Jeopardize Your Client s Settlement? by Traci Kaas NUTS & BOLTS IBIDEM ORANGE COUNTY TRIAL LAWYERS ASSOCIATION ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ OCTLA OFFICERS President Ted B. Wacker 949.706.7100

More information

LAW: THE PAEDIATRIC PERSPECTIVE

LAW: THE PAEDIATRIC PERSPECTIVE LAW: THE PAEDIATRIC PERSPECTIVE More than one million Canadian and American children sustain traumatic brain injuries (TBI) each year. Many of these injuries occur in traumatic events e.g., motor vehicle,

More information

WHAT SHOULD I DO IF I HAVE AN AUTO ACCIDENT? GET THE L E G A L F A C T S

WHAT SHOULD I DO IF I HAVE AN AUTO ACCIDENT? GET THE L E G A L F A C T S T H E S TAT E B A R O F C A L I F O R N I A WHAT SHOULD I DO IF I HAVE AN AUTO ACCIDENT? GET THE L E G A L F A C T S O F L I F E What should I do if I have an 1 a u t o a c c i d e n t? If I have an auto

More information

Decision of the Appeal Division

Decision of the Appeal Division Decision of the Appeal Division Number: 98-1053 Date: June 30, 1998 Panel: Laura Bradbury Subject: Request for re-opening a claim factors for consideration The worker is appealing the Review Board findings

More information

Reptile Theory: A Tail of Two Reptiles. Julia B. Semenak

Reptile Theory: A Tail of Two Reptiles. Julia B. Semenak Reptile Theory: A Tail of Two Reptiles Julia B. Semenak If phrases like safety rules and community safety sound familiar, you have likely encountered a plaintiff s lawyer using the strategies set forth

More information

CHILDREN S INJURIES. There is never any attorney fee until your child s case settles.

CHILDREN S INJURIES. There is never any attorney fee until your child s case settles. BICYCLE ACCIDENTS If you have been seriously injured when bicycling, please call me for a consultation. Bicycling is an enjoyable hobby. Many people also ride their bicycles to work. However, it should

More information

Addressing Family Needs

Addressing Family Needs Addressing Family Needs FAMILIES How Can I Build Stronger Family Ties? Everyone in the family is affected by TBI. * Your role within the family has changed and the role of your family member with TBI may

More information

Journal. A workbook designed to organize and survey your incident & injury throughout the road to recovery. tywilsonlaw.

Journal. A workbook designed to organize and survey your incident & injury throughout the road to recovery. tywilsonlaw. YOUR INJURY Journal A workbook designed to organize and survey your incident & injury throughout the road to recovery SLIP/FALL CAR ACCIDENT WORKERS COMP TY WILSON LAW tywilsonlaw.com 866-937-5454 YOUR

More information

RELENTLESS INNOVATIVE EFFECTIVE

RELENTLESS INNOVATIVE EFFECTIVE RELENTLESS INNOVATIVE EFFECTIVE Salehi & Associates, P.C. 12400 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 1300 Los Angeles, CA 90025 Ph: (310) 820-3366 Fax: (310) 820-3361 Website: www.salehiassoc.com Email: salehiassoc@lawyer.com

More information

Andrew M. Morse amm@scmlaw.com

Andrew M. Morse amm@scmlaw.com Andrew M. Morse amm@scmlaw.com direct: 801.322.9183 fax: 801.363.0400 Introduction Andrew Morse is the president of SCM, serves on the firm's Executive Committee, and its Snow Trial Services team. He also

More information

Free Legal Consumer Guide Series www.southernmarylandlaw.com

Free Legal Consumer Guide Series www.southernmarylandlaw.com Free Legal Consumer Guide Series Brought To You By Meeting All Your Legal Needs For 50 Years 2 What You Need To Know About Workers Compensation HOW TO USE THIS GUIDE If you read this guide, you will discover

More information

12 Common Auto Accident Myths: Protecting your rights and wallet after being injured in an auto accident.

12 Common Auto Accident Myths: Protecting your rights and wallet after being injured in an auto accident. 12 Common Auto Accident Myths: Protecting your rights and wallet after being injured in an auto accident. Introduction An auto accident can dramatically change your life. You could be injured and/or in

More information

SHOULD MOTORCYCLISTS USE GO PRO CAMERAS ON THEIR HELMETS TO HELP PRESERVE EVIDENCE IN THE EVENT OF AN ACCIDENT?

SHOULD MOTORCYCLISTS USE GO PRO CAMERAS ON THEIR HELMETS TO HELP PRESERVE EVIDENCE IN THE EVENT OF AN ACCIDENT? SHOULD MOTORCYCLISTS USE GO PRO CAMERAS ON THEIR HELMETS TO HELP PRESERVE EVIDENCE IN THE EVENT OF AN ACCIDENT? It Is Frustrating that Motorcycle Riders, In Addition to Driving Safely Themselves, Must

More information

How To Determine The Value Of A Personal Injury Case

How To Determine The Value Of A Personal Injury Case How To Determine The Value Of A Personal Injury Case What Is Your Car Accident Case Really Worth? By Christopher M. Davis, Attorney at Law 206-727-4000 Phone: 206-727-4000 Fax: 206-727-4001 info@injurytriallawyer.com

More information

REMINDERS ABOUT EMPLOYING FAMILY MEMBERS IN CALIFORNIA

REMINDERS ABOUT EMPLOYING FAMILY MEMBERS IN CALIFORNIA CONSUMER e-alert (June 3, 2014) Please add thor.law@lendinglaw.com to your address book. This will ensure delivery into your inbox and not your junk, spam or bulk e mail box REMINDERS ABOUT EMPLOYING FAMILY

More information

David Ewing Wald Curriculum Vitae

David Ewing Wald Curriculum Vitae David Ewing Wald Curriculum Vitae dwald@hughesandhughescacom 660W. First Street Tustin, Ca 92780 (714) 538-5200 Education 1970-California State University, Long Beach- Bachelor of Arts-(With Honors) 1973-California

More information

League of Denial Video guide and questions I

League of Denial Video guide and questions I League of Denial Video guide and questions I Part I Mike Webster 0:00-21:37 minutes Vocabulary concussion - a stunning, damaging, or shattering effect from a hard blow; especially : a jarring injury of

More information

COMPENSATION IN A TENNESSEE PERSONAL INJURY LAWSUIT

COMPENSATION IN A TENNESSEE PERSONAL INJURY LAWSUIT COMPENSATION IN A TENNESSEE PERSONAL INJURY LAWSUIT If You Have Been Injured in a Personal Injury Accident and Someone Else s Negligence Caused, or Contributed to, the Accident, You May Be Entitled to

More information

How to Determine the value of a personal injury case

How to Determine the value of a personal injury case How to Determine the value of a personal injury case What is Your Car Accident Case Really Worth? By James Ferrell Ferrell Law Firm 901-754-1340 ph 901-881-6354 fax Ferrell Law Firm Phone: 901-754-1340

More information

Personal Injury, Business and Professional Negligence Litigation.. SUPERIOR COURT OF SAN DIEGO COUNTY Arbitration Panel; Probate Mediation Panel

Personal Injury, Business and Professional Negligence Litigation.. SUPERIOR COURT OF SAN DIEGO COUNTY Arbitration Panel; Probate Mediation Panel CURRICULUM VITAE MARC D. ADELMAN Attorney at Law Liberty Station 2488 Historic Decatur Road, Suite 200 San Diego, CA 92106 (619) 297-7707 - phone (619) 222-1608 - fax AdelmanMD@aol.com LEGAL PRACTICE June

More information

The Indiana Coalition Against Domestic Violence

The Indiana Coalition Against Domestic Violence Evidentiary Issues in Domestic Cases: An Overview Introduction A. Importance of legal representation in cases that involve domestic violence. B. History of protection order laws and implications for evidence.

More information

A Guide to Purchasing Auto Insurance in Washington State

A Guide to Purchasing Auto Insurance in Washington State A Guide to Purchasing Auto Insurance in Washington State What Full Coverage Actually Means By Christopher M. Davis, Attorney at Law Davis Law Group, P.S. 2101 Fourth Avenue Suite 630 Seattle, WA 98121

More information