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Oregon Brain Injury Lawyer Speaks at the North American Brain Injury Society Annual Conference

March 31, 2017  |  Brain Injury, General, Personal Injury  |  No Comments  |  Share

Oregon brain injury lawyer, Aaron DeShaw, is speaking at the 30th North American Brain Injury Society annual conference in New Orleans, which is running concurrently with the World Congress on Brain Injury.  DeShaw is 1 of 13 brain injury lawyers in North America selected to speak over the course of the four day conference.  DeShaw is speaking alongside leading brain injury researchers Dr. Erin Bigler (neuropsychologist and pioneer in neuroimaging), Dr. Mariusz Ziejewski, (chair of the scientific peer review committees for the DoD Post Traumatic Stress Disorder/Traumatic Brain Injury (PTSD/TBI) Research Program, and a member of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration [NHTSA] Collaboration Group on Human Brain Modeling), Dr. Brent Masel (neurologist / endocrinologist researching brain injury impact on hormone levels, and past president of the Brain Injury Association of America), Dr.  James Kelly (founder and director of the National Intrepid Center of Excellence [NICoE], a Department of Defense Institute and concussion researcher at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center).  DeShaw also met internationally renowned neurologist Dr. Frederick Carrick, Clinical Scholar at Harvard Medical School and Senior Research Fellow at University of Cambridge to discuss recent brain research conducted at those universities.

DeShaw also attended the World Congress on Brain Injury, reviewing new brain injury research presented for the first time at the conference by universities and researchers from all over the world.

DeShaw is believed to be the only Oregon brain injury lawyer ever selected to present at an annual NABIS conference.  His presentation is on the improper use of the Fake Bad Scale by insurance company doctors to falsely claim that injured people are malingers (liars).   DeShaw’s lecture exposes that this test, commonly used by insurance company doctors, is not scientifically valid and is used by defense doctors to mislead judges and jurors that an injured person is faking their injury.  The presentation reveals the Fake Bad Scale as junk science that should never be admitted by a judge in a personal injury trial.

In addition to being a nationally known brain injury lawyer, DeShaw is a well known speaker on brain injuries to doctors, lawyers and brain injury survivors.

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Portland Natural Gas Explosion Lawyer investigates explosion at NW 23rd x Glisan

On the morning of October 19, 2016, a natural gas explosion took place on the corner of NW 23rd and Glisan in Portland.   The blast destroyed the building that formerly housed Portland Bagelworks, near Dosha Salon.  Blast victims and business owners from the surrounding area are contacting our Natural Gas Explosion Lawyer regarding blast injuries and business losses caused by the natural gas explosion.

Based upon present news reports, a third party contractor hit a natural gas pipe at approximately 8:55 a.m.  Crews from NW Natural Gas and Portland Fire & Rescue responded to the report of the natural gas leak and evacuated the building, but apparently did not notify surrounding buildings.  At approximately 9:39 am, a significant explosion occurred at the site.  Despite evacuating the building where the leak occurred, the massive blast caused injuries to people, and business losses in the surrounding area.  There is also damage to three of the surrounding buildings from the massive force of the explosion.

“It’s a scene like none other that I’ve ever seen,” said Portland Mayor Charlie Hales.

NW 23rd Gas Explosion LawyerFor more information, photographs and video of the natural gas explosion damage, visit Oregon’s major media sources:

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The Oregonian

Willamette Week

Television:

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DeShaw Law is investigating these natural gas explosion claims on behalf of people injured by the blast.  If you are interested in finding a Natural Gas Explosion Lawyer for injuries or business losses caused by the natural gas explosion on NW 23rd and Glisan, please contact our office for a free consultation at (503) 227-1233.

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Oregon Personal Injury Lawyer Lectures on Brain Injury Imaging

April 1, 2016  |  Brain Injury, General, Personal Injury  |  No Comments  |  Share

workhorse-email-banner-horses_updatedPortland Oregon Personal Injury Lawyer, Aaron DeShaw, lectured this week at the Florida Justice Association Workhorse Conference in Orlando Florida.  DeShaw, a nationally known brain injury lawyer, lectured to the 200+ lawyers on medical imaging for traumatic brain injuries.  DeShaw’s lecture focused on high resolution 3T MRI, CT, Diffuse Tensor Imaging, HDFT, PET, SPECT, EEG, MEG, MRA, CSF flow studies, and much more.

DeShaw was personally invited by John Romano, who started the Workhorse conference 30 years ago.  The conference is nationally known for its intensity, with lectures running from 7 am to 10pm each day for four days.  DeShaw was joined by a panel of speakers of the nation’s best lawyers including Mark Lanier, American Association for Justice Past-President Lisa Blue, John Morgan, Christopher Searcy, Mark Mandell, Keith Mitnik, fellow brain injury lawyer Dorothy Clay Sims, and many more.

Another highlight to the event was spending time with lawyer Gary Pillersdorf of New York.  Few people know that DeShaw is the editor of the book “Moe Levine on Advocacy” a project that took approximately three years to complete.  Moe Levine is largely agreed to be the greatest personal injury trial lawyer in history, and is often called the “Shakespeare of Trial Law.” The book is a compilation of every known writing, article, lecture recording, and case transcript known to exist at the time it was released.  It was only after the book was completed that DeShaw met Pillersdorf, who was an associate at a law firm where he worked with Moe Levine, Aaron Broder and F. Lee Bailey (later one of the lawyers on O.J. Simpson’s “Dream Team”).  This time in their third meeting, DeShaw and Pillersdorf discussed further details of some of the cases highlighted in the book, including Levine’s most famous closing statement on behalf of a client who had lost both arms in a railroad accident.  Pillersdorf recounted how after he had prepared all the details of the case and the man’s losses for Levine for his closing statement.  He noted it was pages and pages long.  Pillersdorf said that Levine looked at all of his work for about two seconds, then Levine got up, said four sentences to the jury for his closing statement and sat down.  The result was a stunning $5 million verdict in the 1960s, which remained a record in New York for many years.

DeShaw is a former doctor, turned Oregon personal injury lawyer, who handles catastrophic injury cases – most commonly traumatic brain injuries.  His educational background (including over 3000 hours of classroom instruction on topics including radiology, neurology, anatomy, neuroanatomy, neurophysiology and neurological diagnosis, and approximately 800 additional hours of clinical internship) as well as years of practice as a doctor in the US and Europe where he took and read thousands of sets of medical imaging, gives him a substantial background in handling traumatic brain injury litigation cases.  His attendance at events such as the Florida Workhorse Conference keeps him on the cutting edge of litigation methods used by winning lawyers.

 

NHL Brain Injury Lawyer

March 16, 2016  |  Brain Injury, General, Personal Injury, Resources  |  No Comments  |  Share

Oregon Personal Injury Lawyer Aaron DeShaw is presently accepting NHL Brain Injury Claims.

Lawsuits filed by NHL players for chronic brain damage from repetitive traumatic brain injuries, have been classified as a multi-district litigation case (“MDL”) against the National Hockey League for damages resulting from concussions sustained by NHL players.  Similar to the claims recently made by NFL players, the litigation against the league claims that the NHL knew, or should have known, that regular head strikes were likely to expose players to a substantial risk of brain injuries and diseases, but that the league failed to warn or protect players from permanent brain injuries.

Several retired NHL players suffer from the effects of repetitive traumatic brain injuries, which have resulted in life changing brain injury symptoms. Traumatic brain injuries have been linked to neurological degenerative diseases including Alzheimer’s disease, dementia and Parkinson’s Disease. Repetitive concussions have also been conclusively linked to a degenerative brain disorder known as Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (“CTE.”)  [CTE cannot be confirmed until death, however, in recent autopsy studies, 95.6% of deceased NFL players had CTE, leading to widespread concerns about the well being of athletes sustaining repeated blows to the he
ad.]  Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy in athletes is the topic of the recent film “Concussion” starring Will Smith.

Similar to the NHL, the National Football League initially denied any links between repetitive head strikes and CTE, by publishing a series of papers denying any link between football and brain damage, while at the same time quietly paying retired players who were disabled by brain injuries.  The NFL went so far as creating a “Mild Traumatic Brain Injury Committee” who wrote that no NFL player had ever suffered long term brain damage, or other neurological and psychological consequences, as a result of repetitive concussions. “Professional NHL Brain Injury Litigationfootball players do not sustain frequent repetitive blows to the brain on a regular basis,” the NFL’s Mild Traumatic Brain Injury Committee wrote in one 2005 paper. [It comes as little surprise that some of the doctors who sat on the NFL injury validity committee are the same doctors that work for insurers and defense lawyers in denying traumatic brain injuries in personal injury claims.  They get paid to deny traumatic brain injuries for a living.]

Players sustaining  head injuries in the NHL are reporting similar head injury symptoms to the NFL players, including headaches, mood swings, uncontrollable temper, sensitivity to light, seizures, depression, and suicidal thoughts.  Former NHL players claim they would have never played in the league had they known of the risk of permanent cognitive, behavioral and psychological changes caused by repetitive head injuries.

Presently over 115 hockey players are now part of the multi-district litigation against the NHL, seeking damages for the “pathological and debilitating effects of brain injuries caused by concussive and sub-concussive impacts sustained…during their professional careers.” A recent complaint alleges that the NHL’s failure to warn players of TBI risks constitutes fraudulent concealment because the National Hockey League had specialized knowledge of material medical information. Lawyers representing the NHL players assert that there has been extensive literature and research available on the subject, including four international symposia that included medical reports specific to hockey, as well as several conferences in the U.S. focusing on traumatic brain injuries in professional hockey.  The NHL players with a history of brain injury contend there is little chance that the NHL was unaware of the long-term consequences of repeated mild traumatic brain injuries. By withholding that information, the former NHL players claim they relied upon the NHL’s omissions and misrepresentations regarding the degree of risk associated with playing hockey in the NHL. The former players allege that the NHL suppressed evidence of the risks of repetitive concussions, and fostered an unreasonable and unnecessarily violent league.  The players contend that the NHL fostered a culture of violent conduct in order to increase its profits from ticket sales and merchandising on players and teams known to engage in such conduct, even though that violent conduct resulted in an increased risk of concussions for NHL players.

One of the National Hockey League’s defenses in the litigation is that players could have independently spent their time reading medical research and reports to figure out for themselves that repeated head trauma can lead to Alzheimers and other neurological degenerative conditions following repeated concussions. This fails to acknowledge that the NHL was in the best position to collect information on professional hockey and its players, and study the effect of concussions on retired NHL players.  Contrary to the NHL’s position, the former players maintain that they “had no familiarity with or reason to access any medical literature concerning concussions, or other sub-concussive impacts.” Instead the professional athletes state that they relied on their professional sports league for information about known risks of playing the sport, and that they were never informed of the negative long-term effects of sustaining concussions that the NHL already knew existed.

In 2011, the Canadian Medical Association Journal published an analysis of head injury risk in NHL players, which evaluated traumatic brain injuries over the course of several regular hockey seasons.  The study found 559 concussions during regular season games – equal to 1.8 concussions per 1,000 player hours. The most common symptoms of repeated traumatic brain injury found in the study were; dizziness, nausea, neck pain, headache, blurred vision, amnesia, and loss of consciousness.  These symptoms have traditionally been diagnosed as “post concussion syndrome” by doctors, but are now more commonly referred to as the consequences of a “mild traumatic brain injury.”  More serious symptoms included mental and/or physical fatigue and memory loss, which are also common symptoms of a mild traumatic brain injury – no frank bleed is required to cause these symptoms and in only 20% of cases can anything be seen on an MRI or CT after a traumatic brain injury.  These repetitive head injuries can, but do not always result in abnormal neurologic exams.  (All of these are also common symptoms for a person sustaining a one time mild traumatic brain injury in other traumatic injuries such as a motor vehicle collision.  In fact, our office has experience dealing with one-time TBIs which have substantially more brain injury symptoms.)

On August 19, 2014, the Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation determined that the NHL concussion injury cases involved common “questions of fact” and that centralization of the cases in the District of Minnesota was appropriate. All similar cases by former NHL players against the NHL were transferred to the District of Minnesota and assigned to the Honorable Susan Richard Nelson for coordinated or consolidated pretrial proceedings. Any subsequent similar case filed in federal court anywhere in the United States will be transferred to the District of Minnesota.

In January 2016, the judge presiding over the brain injury MDL suit demanded the unsealing of emails between NHL executives. The communications are allegedly evidence of their indifference towards player concussions, and relevant to the plaintiffs’ theory that the NHL did not appropriately consider the health of it’s players.

While the NHL denies the allegations (just as the NFL did), the negative publicity surrounding the case and the outcome of the NFL settlements, may steer them away from trial and towards a more favorable settlement for players.

If you are a former NHL player, (or a former NFL player) with a cognitive, behavioral, or psychological injuries that are impacting you, and if you wish to make a legal claim, please contact our office for a free consultation at (503) 227-1233.