No two brain injuries are the same, and there are rarely simple solutions that last more than a short time. Often, there is no effective cure for brain damage. When a family member or loved one suffers from a brain injury, it is never easy to deal with. There can be tremendous emotional, interpersonal, and financial challenges to overcome.
Unpredictable and Complicated Cases
When most people think of injury cases, they think of cuts and broken bones. In many brain injury cases, however, the effects are not so easily seen.
Often, a cursory glance or a brief interaction may never lead you to suspect a person has a brain injury. Most people with a brain injury look ‘normal.’ However, there can be a catastrophe inside the person’s head, affecting their thinking, judgment, sleep, emotions, sensations, and even their physical abilities. Because of this, it can be tough for a jury to understand just how severe the loss actually is, and how deeply it affects the person and their family.
Don Corson has been representing people affected by brain injuries for over 30 years. He understands how unpredictable, challenging, and complicated these cases can be.
Traumatic Brain Injuries
According to the Centers for Disease Control:1
- An estimated 1.7 million Americans suffer a traumatic brain injury (TBI) each year. Most are treated and released from the emergency room, but that does not mean that they did not suffer brain damage that may have long-term effects.
- About 275,000 people are hospitalized with traumatic brain injury each year.
- About 52,000 die from TBI.
These injuries can be caused by car and truck crashes, falls, workplace injuries, sports events, and other incidents. Falls result in the greatest number of TBI visits to the emergency room, but motor vehicle collisions are the leading cause of TBI-related deaths.
Sometimes a diagnosis of traumatic brain injury is delayed or even missed entirely. Once diagnosed, treatment can be challenging, and some people never recover.
Having represented people with traumatic brain injury and brain damage for many years, we know how to build a legal case that will help the injured person, as well as their family.
Understanding the Personal Side of Brain Injury Cases
In one of his more recent major trials, Don represented a man who was administered an overdose of heart medication, resulting in permanent brain damage. During the case, Don became close to the man and his family, hearing their stories before and after the incident, as well as speaking to their friends and co-workers. “The friends and loved ones are the people who make the injured person’s story come alive,” says Don. “Both sides can hire psychologists, neuropsychologists, vocational experts, life care planners and neurologists. But only our side has the actual stories of life for the person before and after.”
An Advocate for Brain Damage Survivors and Their Families
Don’s experience working for clients with brain injuries has provided many insights on the nature of brain injuries and the daily lives led by those with brain injuries. He has presented on the subject of representing brain-injured people to the Brain Injury Alliance of Oregon, an organization dedicated to brain injury research and prevention, and has written on the subject for the Oregon Trial Lawyers Association.