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Attorney Steven Gursten speaking at North American Brain Injury Society 13th Annual Conference

March 28, 2016 by Steven M. Gursten

Gursten will speak on “Bulletproofing the TBI Plaintiff from Defense Attacks” on April 8, to help the brain injury community understand the challenges TBI victims and lawyers face

Traumatic brain injury (TBI) car accident cases are often invisible injury cases, and thus aggressively defended. The defense attorney and insurance company playbook in “mild” TBI cases is to viciously attack the plaintiff survivor by accusing him or her of terrible things, such as malingering and exaggeration. And these are just some of the challenges plaintiff personal injury lawyers will face when taking on these cases.  The biggest challenge of all is taking a jury and a judge to medical school since the public perceptions of TBI and how a TBI victim will appear from Hollywood movies is so different from the medical literature and reality.

I will discuss many of these legal and medical challenges at the North American Brain Injury Society (NABIS) 13th Annual Conference on April 8, 2016.

My presentation, “Bulletproofing the TBI Plaintiff from Defense Attacks,” will teach the brain injury community proven strategies that can help protect the brain injury patient or client when defendants and insurance companies choose to avoid financial responsibility by challenging the plaintiff and his or her treating doctors. Some of the most common defense attack themes will be reviewed, and I will also list several strategies that brain injury lawyers can employ to protect the TBI survivor.

The NABIS 13th Annual Conference on Brain Injury runs April 6-9, at the Grand Hyatt Hotel in Tampa Bay, Florida. This conference is designed to present the latest scientific and clinical advances in brain injury. Emphasis will be placed on a multidisciplinary approach in the management of patients with brain injury from acute care through to community re-entry and beyond. For more information, or to register, visit the NABIS website.

During the conference, an internationally recognized faculty will present on a broad range of brain injury topics relating to the development of effective treatment interventions and healing people with brain injury. This conference will also cover the latest scientific and clinical advances in the area of brain injury.

As you can see, this isn’t just a medical conference or a legal conference. It encompasses the entire brain injury community. It truly takes a village to help heal and protect brain injury survivors, and I’m proud to be a part of it.

Attendees during this national conference will include:

  • Rehabilitation (PM&R) physicians,
  • Psychiatrists,
  • Psychologists,
  • Neuropsychologists
  • Speech pathologists,
  • Occupational therapists,
  • Physical therapists,
  • Brain injury lawyers,
  • Social workers,
  • Nurses,
  • Case managers,
  • Advocates,
  • And all who provide care and treatment to brain injury survivors.

NABIS is a society comprised of professional members involved in the care or issues surrounding brain injury. The organization was created specifically to address the needs of professionals dedicated to brain injury, and provides education programs, scientific updates and a platform for communication. I look forward to sharing my legal knowledge about traumatic brain injury car accident survivors with NABIS and the brain injury community throughout the U.S.

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