I’ll be speaking on Monday on bus accident and truck accident litigation. This will be part of the American Association for Justice (AAJ) annual meeting in San Francisco.
My topic is, “Injuries in the bus, school bus and truck accident case,” and I’ll be presenting at 2:00 pm to the Motor Vehicle Collision, Highway and Premises Liability Section and Bus Accident Litigation Group.
During my presentation, I will discuss what I’ve learned from litigating more than 300 truck accident and bus accident cases over the past 20 years. I will also discuss some of the most common but sometimes overlooked injuries that people suffer in these accidents.
And it isn’t just lawyers who overlook these cases. Because the practice of medicine today is so specialized, it is easy for people to see an orthopedic doctor for fractures, a neurologist and neuropsychologist for a brain injury and headaches, a neurosurgeon for a herniated spinal disk, and a TMJ specialist for TMJ, and on and on. But people rarely see a doctor who puts it all together, and who understands how all of these injuries can effect each other.
Debilitating problems caused by the cumulative effects of all of these injuries are often ignored. Chronic pain syndrome, fatigue and other debilitating conditions are ignored by sub-specialists who, like the blind man and the elephant, are grabbing the tail and ignoring the rest.
But conditions like chronic pain as a result of truck and bus accident injuries can seriously impact fatigue, anxiety and depression and cognitive issues, as well as make other physical problems worse. This is called the combination effect or deterioration. It is a vicious downward cycle, and it is very real. It is also often ignored by lawyers and doctors.
If injury lawyers can better understand how to litigate bus accident and truck accident cases, and how to better prove these injuries in courtrooms, they will be better able to protect their clients.
The American Association for Justice is the nation’s largest association of advocates serving the needs of personal injury victims, with more than 50,000 lawyer members. Michigan Auto Law has been a long-standing member, contributor and lecturer to the organization. I’m the past president of the AAJ Truck Accident Litigation Group and currently serve on the executive board of the AAJ Traumatic Brain Injury Litigation Group.