Trial attorneys who get you the help you need after suffering a brain injury.
You have had a concussion or brain injury. You know how tough it is to concentrate. Your memory is not what it was before the injury. Towards the end of the day you are fatigued from trying to work your brain harder to compensate for what it’s lacking after the injury. You just don’t want to deal with all the new challenges and how much harder they make everyday living.
At Brain Injury Law of Seattle, we understand how frustrating this can be. Brain injury work is pretty much all we do. For the last 25 years, Scott Blair, our founding attorney, has focused his efforts on helping those with brain injuries. He is recognized by his peers as a leader in the field of brain injury. We know how important it is that you get all the best medical help you can to get your brain and body healthy again. Over the years we have worked with some of the best neurologists, endocrinologists, surgeons and other medical professionals to help get our clients the best medical recovery possible.
We also know how big of a hassle it is to deal with medical bills, phone calls from people bugging you about your injury, and worrying about doing the right thing so that your future is secure if your brain injury persists. We go out of our way to help our clients, making sure they don’t have to deal with all these types of issues so they can do what is most important: get the help they need to feel better.
This is what we do. In fact, we’re so passionate about this that we founded the Pituitary Injury Foundation to help educate the public about the importance of pituitary injuries caused by trauma, and the significant effects these injuries can have on people who may not even know they have one.
Shelby Wunch, WASHINGTON
“Shelby was a passenger in a car riding with her friend when a semi-truck suddenly turned in front of their car. They hit the bottom of the trailer, nearly taking the top of the car off. She was knocked unconscious. She had numerous internal injuries as well. She spent a week in Harborview, and was released. She came home to a mountain of medical bills.”
Department of Defense and the Veterans Administration (VA)
A couple weeks ago I had the honor of helping host a webinar on screening for pituitary injuries for the Department of Defense and the VA system. I went down to the Seattle VA hospital to meet with Dr. Wilkinson, the gentleman who was speaking to the 200+ military doctors attending this webinar. While I waited in the lobby for him to come down and meet me, I was struck by all the veterans coming into the VA with what appeared to be all manner of injuries from serving our country.
As I watched all these heroes come and go from the VA hospital, I wondered how many of them had blast related brain injuries, and how many of them have gone undiagnosed just as many civilians with brain injuries go undiagnosed. I got my answer as soon as Dr. Wilkinson guided me up to his office and showed me all the great screening tools the military is using to diagnose pituitary injuries in veterans with mild or moderate brain injuries. The work he is doing goes against some of the commonly held perceptions that the VA has not done everything it can for our veterans. In fact, they are serving as a model for the public medical sector that could learn much from the military on how to screen for pituitary injuries.
PITUITARY INJURY VERDICT
A Seattle Police Officer and former SWAT team member who was on his way to work was rear ended on a bright summer morning in 2013. As with many whiplash injuries, his head was thrown backwards into his head rest and then forward, creating significant stress on his neck, brain and pituitary gland. He had a whiplash injury, balance issues, terrible headaches, brain fog, emotional issues, and memory problems. He was diagnosed with a concussion and whiplash injury. A few months after the crash, his neck problems seemed to be improving, but he noticed that his physical energy level was growing worse, and was getting fatigued all the time. His brain fog and emotional issues remained. About six months after the crash, he noticed that his libido was starting to drop off significantly as well, an unusual finding for a 32 year old man. He was referred to a neuropsychologist for an evaluation of his brain injury, and after two days of testing, was diagnosed with a mild traumatic brain injury. His neuropsychologist also recommended he get looked at for a possible pituitary injury, and recommended that he talk to Scott Blair.
His attorney then asked Scott Blair to help prosecute the case against the responsible party. He was examined by two endocrinologists recommended by Mr. Blair, who objectively confirmed that his testosterone levels were very low. The endocrinologist confirmed that the low testosterone was due to a brain injury. His treating naturopath and neuropsychologist also confirmed that his ongoing cognitive problems were the result of a brain injury caused by the car crash. As a result of his pituitary injury, he must now inject himself with testosterone for the rest of his life to maintain a normal energy level and libido.
His case was presented to the responsible party and his own insurance company. The responsible party’s insurance company tendered its policy limits, but his own insurance company offered only an additional $16,000. The matter then went to trial in King County, and after hearing the case put on by Brain Injury Law of Seattle, returned a verdict of $1,700,000 against the police officer’s insurance company as full compensation for the pituitary injury and brain injury.
This is believed to be the first pituitary injury verdict in the State of Washington and the country. Brain Injury Law of Seattle strives to be the leader in the field of brain injury and pituitary injuries, and takes pride in helping brain injury victims get their lives back together.
Looking for Answers?
The Pituitary Injury Foundation was established to help educate the public about the importance of pituitary injuries caused by trauma, and the significant effects these injuries can have on people who may not even know they have one.
Call or email us for a free consultation, and find out how we can help you get your life back following a brain injury. We are here to help, answer questions, and educate you about what you have to look forward to. We have the medical and legal knowledge to tell you what you are facing and how you can be helped. We pledge to always tell you like it is so you can make informed decisions about your brain injury and how best to help yourself. This is what we do.