Trial Lawyer Aaron DeShaw has been selected by the American Board of Trial Advocates as a member during the ABOTA National Board Meeting in Chicago, Illinois on Saturday, May 14, 2022.  DeShaw was one of 46 lawyers in the United States from both the plaintiff and defense bar to be selected for the year 2022.  He is the only new member of ABOTA selected in Oregon since 2020.  

Inner Ear Injury Lawyer

Many of our clients from motor vehicle collisions, trucking crashes and natural gas explosions sustain an inner ear injury along with other injuries.  The inner ear is located behind the ear drum within the skull, but can be injured by trauma.  

Post-traumatic Inner Ear injuries are generally of four varieties:

  1. Canal Dehiscence (fracture of the cranial vault or semi-circular canal)
  2. Perilymph Fistula (rupture of the round or oval window)
  3. Endolymph Hydrops (damage to the vestibular semi-circular canals in the inner ear), also referred to as Post-Traumatic Meniere's or Type II Meniere's.
  4. Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo (“BPPV”) (trauma causing free floating otoliths from the inner ear, creating abnormal sensation in position sensor hair cells)

This article is about Canal Dehiscence.  Future articles will address Perilymph Fistula, Endolymph Hydrops and BPPV.

The inner ear is comprised of two main sections; the vestibular system and the cochlear system.

The vestibular system is involved in balance, while the cochlea is involved in hearing.

For those people who sustain inner ear injuries as a result of trauma, most people have vestibular (balance) problems, but you can also have sensorineural hearing loss from an injury to the cochlear part of the inner ear.

Academy of Trucking Lawyers of America

It is important that people injured in an Oregon truck crash, or are injured by a commercial vehicle (such as those owned by Amazon, UPS, FedEx), buses or garbage trucks, to hire an Oregon truck crash lawyer.  Crashes caused by commercial vehicles involve substantially different laws than typical auto accident cases.  

Oregon trucking lawyer, Aaron DeShaw, has specialized education and experience in handling Oregon trucking crash cases, and lawsuits against commercial vehicles including cases against interstate trucking crash cases (tractor trailers), interstate commercial delivery vehicles, dump trucks and garbage trucks.  


Hermiston Explosion Lawsuit

Our firm has experience handling the what was until recently the only natural gas explosion in the past decade in Oregon - the natural gas explosion caused by Loy Clark Pipeline at NW 23rd x NW Glisan in Portland on October 19, 2016.

Our firm has now been retained by two of the people injured in the Shearer Foods Explosion in Hermiston Oregon that occurred on February 22, 2022.  Our investigator has inverterviewed several others injured in the explosion. If you are seeking an experienced Natural Gas Explosion Lawyer for the Hermiston Shearer's Foods Explosion, we are already investigating this Hermiston natural gas explosion.

Insurance Bad Faith Claim Denial

For decades Oregon insurers have denied their own policyholder claims and made "low-ball" offers to their policyholders, forcing them to litigate instead of receiving a good faith settlement offer from their insurer.  Oregon has been one of two states in the United States without the ability to sue an insurer for "first party" bad faith, regardless of whether the insurer denies a claim entirely, makes a clearly unreasonable settlement offer, or violates other legal requirements of insurers. Today, the Oregon Court of Appeals issued a 16 page opinion in Moody v. Federal Insurance Co., 317 Or App 233 (2022), that we believe will decrease the most significant insurer abuses, and potentially minimize improper insurance claim denials for personal and business losses from natural disaster losses in the future.  To the extent it doesn't stop insurer abuses, it will provide a legal remedy for policyholders who are damaged through "bad faith" insurance company conduct.

The Oregon Court of Appeals has ruled that violations of ORS 746.230, provide a basis for suing an insurer for negligence per se as a type of insurance "bad faith" claim.  This applies in "first party" cases between policyholders and their insurance companies, as third party bad faith between an injured person and the at-fault party's insurer for improper insurance claim practices already existed under Oregon law.  Our office has substantial expertise in insurance claims practice cases, with Oregon insurance bad faith lawyer Aaron DeShaw authoring and editing multiple books on the topic, as well as our office being one of four firms involved in one of the largest insurance class action cases in U.S. history - Hensley v. CSC et al.

A bit of background on Oregon insurance claim handling practices:


Internationally known Oregon Neuropsychologist, Murial Lezak, has passed away at age 94.  Dr. Lezak was an accomplished and revered neuropsychologist, known for pioneering a system for testing and quantifying cognitive deficits after a brain injury.  Her work laid the groundwork for better understanding traumatic brain injuries, and will be remembered as one of neuropsychology's most important figures.

Born August 26, 1927 in Chicago, Lezak started working as a clinical psychologist in the 1940s, well before neuropsychology was a developed field of psychology.  She married attorney Sidney Lezak (later US Attorney for Oregon) in 1949. She obtained her doctorate in psychology from the University of Portland.  In the 1960s, while working at the Veterans Affairs Hospital in Portland, she investigated cognitive and behavioral changes in veterans from World War I, World War II, Korea, and Vietnam. In an oral history provided to Oregon Health Sciences University in 2016, she noted that she was the psychologist for the neurology, neurosurgery and rehab departments at the VA.  After being confronted with patients who had sustained frontal lobe damage (negatively impacting their creativity, reasoning, the ability to relate to people and the ability to plan and organize), she noted that there were no books on the topic of testing people with traumatic brain injuries. 

Malingering is a commonly used defense by the insurance industry, and its hired psychologists, to deny that a person has a traumatic brain injury.  Malingering is defined under the DSM-V as an “intentional production of false or grossly exaggerated physical or psychological problems.”  In other words, malingerers are people who lie about their injury.  It would certainly be a problem if a person claiming injury was actually lying.  But, in nearly all of our serious injury cases, insurers hire defense doctors to testify that an injured person is a liar without any valid substantiation.  They hope that the jury will give in to their bias against injured people, won’t understand the psychobabble, and take the easy route of turning the injured person away with nothing rather than sift through the details to arrive at the truth.

For brain injured people, hiring a lawyer who doesn't understand this issue is likely the difference between a small settlement and a fair settlement. Or, if you are in a state where there are consistently very low settlement offers (like Oregon), hiring the right brain injury lawyer could be the difference between winning your trial and losing your trial.  So, before you hire a brain injury lawyer, you should ask them about the the "malingering defense" and the "Fake Bad Scale" which are almost certain to be part of your case.  As to our expertise, our lawyer Aaron DeShaw has handled this issue successfully in many trials, and has presented on this topic at the most prestigious brain injury conferences, including on behalf of the North American Brain Injury Society and the Brain Injury Association of California MedLegal Conference (the largest brain injury conference in the world.)  His pioneering work in exposing this misleading defense to brain injury cases is published by leading legal publisher Trial Guides under the title "Discrediting the Fake Bad Scale."

Important news for all Oregon State Farm auto claims. The Oregon Supreme Court has announced the outcome of Batten v. State Farm in favor of Oregon policyholders.

Unlike most insurers, State Farm has been writing insurance on separate vehicles as separate auto insurance policies. This means that if one person owns more than one vehicle and insures them with State Farm Insurance, they likely have multiple separate insurance policies. The Oregon Supreme Court decided in Batten that since the policies are separate their Personal Injury Protection, Uninsured and Underinsured Motorist policy coverage "stacks" on top of each other.

What is the effect? In one of our cases that is pending in federal court, the client owned three vehicles, each insured under separate auto insurance policies with State Farm Insurance. Instead of the $250,000 in insurance coverage for Underinsured Motorist for a single policy, the Oregon Supreme Court's decision in Batten means she now has $750,000 in coverage when all three of her $250,000 policies are stacked. Given the very serious injuries and a pending brain surgery, this gives our law firm the ability to obtain a more reasonable amount of compensation for her medical bills, lost wages and personal losses.

If you were seriously injured and need more than one PIP policy for medical care or wage loss, or if you need more coverage for an Uninsured or Underinsured Motorist claim, and you had more than one vehicle insured by State Farm at the time of your loss, you have stacking insurance coverage.  There are many other instances where multiple different underinsured motorist insurance policies can stack.

Since our office deals with serious and catastrophic injury cases, this is an important outcome for our present clients, as well as future clients with serious injury claims. Call our office to discuss how this could impact your potential State Farm case outcome, or any case where the person injured may have insurance in addition to the vehicle, rental vehicle or rideshare company's insurance policy.


Lawyer Aaron DeShaw has again been named as one of the lead speakers at the California Brain Injury Med Legal Conference, billed as America's #1 Traumatic Brain Injury conference.  The conference is also one of the largest legal conferences in the country with approximately 2,000 attendees.  This conference is unique as it allows entry to judges, doctors, lawyers (both from the plaintiff and defense side), and insurance adjustors. DeShaw has been an invited speaker for several years now and is often given top billing despite not practicing in the very competitive California legal market.  

This year DeShaw will be joined by several leaders in the field of traumatic brain injuries both in the medical and legal professions:  Brian Panish, Dorothy Clay Sims, Gary Dordick, Patrick Malone, Dr. Erin Bigler, John Romano, Bill Barton, Arash Homampour, Deborah Chang, Dr. Arthur Croft, Dr. Michael FreemanBruce Stern, Morgan Adams, Michael Neff, Keith Mitnik, R. Rex Parris, Dr. Randall Benson, Dr. Brent Masel, Mike Kelly, James Bostwick, and many more.  

In the past injured people had to pay nearly unlimited amounts of money to get their medical records when they wanted to make a claim for personal injuries.  A series of federal laws, including HIPAA, attempted to make these costs more reasonable.  

In 2016 the U.S. Deparment of Health and Human Services stepped in and ruled that since all medical records now must be kept as Electronic Medical Records (or EMR), the cost of copying those records became far less expensive for hospitals and health care facilities than it had been when all records were kept on paper.  As a result, for the past few years injured people represented by lawyers that keep up on developments in the law, have been able to obtain their medical records for a reasonable price under the HITECH act.  Our firm has been doing this since shortly after this determination by HHS.

Seminar attendees

Oregon brain injury lawyer, Aaron DeShaw, spoke at the annual Brain Injury Association of California annual Med Legal Conference on April 5, 2019. The event was sold out with 1800 attendees including some of the country’s leading brain injury plaintiff lawyers, defense lawyers, doctors and insurance adjustors.

Insurance companies will often claim that a person who has sustained a traumatic brain injury doesn’t have a brain injury in a legal claim. The insurance doctors they hire will say that the “mild” designation means that 100% of these TBI survivors have no permanent consequences. Neither of these are true. It is important that a brain injury lawyer understands how to address these issues with the insurance adjustor, defense doctors and the jury. Our extensive experience in this area is why in addition to handling our own brain injury cases, we are hired by other lawyers in Oregon, Washington and other states to bring our expertise and trial skills to their traumatic brain injury cases.

One of the greatest losses that a person can experience is the loss of an arm or a leg. Our firm has experience in handling amputation cases all the way through trial. In fact, we are one of a small number of law firms in America to have handled an amputation trial to verdict in the last 20 years. We have handled cases including the detachment of an arm as well as several leg amputation cases.

The work of our law firm is largely based around handling traumatic brain injury cases. It’s what we’re known for. We handle cases both nationally and locally regarding traumatic brain injuries, and Doctor / Lawyer Aaron DeShaw is a resource both for Brain Injury Alliance of Oregon and brain injury survivors. In addition to handling our own brain injury cases, we are hired by other lawyers in Oregon, Washington and other states to bring our expertise and trial skills to their traumatic brain injury cases.

Cup of coffee

Given the serious injuries involved in our client’s cases, and Oregon insurers’ refusal to make reasonable settlement offers (or any offer at all), many of our clients end up in trial because the rest of their life depends upon the outcome of their case.

Perhaps the most important part of a trial is jury selection.  Without twelve unbiased jurors, our client has no chance of receiving justice no matter whether the evidence and law should result in the client being fully compensated for their losses by the jury.


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. 

Oregon Natural Gas Explosion Lawyer

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.

The following post discusses GEICO Insurance claim settlement practices, where our office obtained a $420,000 arbitration outcome on an offer of $39,700.

Oregon personal injury lawyer Aaron DeShaw was representing a 71 year old doctor who had sustained a mild traumatic brain injury in a crash with an underinsured motorist in 2012.  Despite being seat belted, the force of the collision pushed his vehicle forward approximately 60 feet, blew out his back window and sent his head into the A pillar of his car, leaving a large visible bruise on his head.  His chiropractor diagnosed a concussion the following day, and despite not wanting to go to the ER immediately, he ended up going approximately one week later due to increasing cognitive symptoms, headaches and crying without reason.

Oregon Brain Injury Attorney Aaron DeShaw Lectures on Brain Imaging

Portland 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 MRICTDiffuse Tensor ImagingHDFTPETSPECTEEGMEGMRACSF flow studies, and much more.

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.

Oregon personal injury lawyer Aaron DeShaw attended the American Association for Justice annual winter convention in Florida last week.  DeShaw is one of few Oregon personal injury lawyers who attended the conference.  The conference is an important opportunity for lawyers to learn about the most recent developments in a wide variety of legal cases, and medical and scientific research on the topic of their practice.

Oregon Personal Injury Lawyer Aaron DeShaw is attending the Brain Injury Alliance of Oregon Annual Conference this week.

The conference is a joint conference for Oregon, Washington and Idaho Brain Alliance organizations to bring together brain injury doctors (including MDs, DCs, DOs, neuro-opthomalagists), nurses, speech pathologists, neuro-cognitive rehabilitation specialists, biofeedback providers, auxiliary health care providers, long term care facilities, brain injury support group leaders, veteran affairs, brain injury survivors and family members, and a few brain injury lawyers.

DeShaw Law Firm is accepting cases as a Biotronik Pacemaker Lawyer for people who had unnecessary Biotronik pacemaker surgery.

We just received an case study from the DMX company.  DMX is a trade name for “Digital Motion X-ray” a technology that we have used in spinal injury cases in the past where C1 instability appeared likely due to the client’s symptoms.  We are posting this because the video demonstrates something very interesting that insurance companies, defense lawyers and their defense expert witnesses will say cannot be the case to a jury, and we thought we should share this with the medical and legal communities so that they stop intentionally misleading juries.


We are pleased to announce that trial lawyer Aaron DeShaw is featured as one of three speakers on the new nine-hour educational video set Mastering Motor Vehicle Cases just released by leading legal publisher Trial Guides.  He is accompanied by two of the leading experts in the world on traumatic injuries - Dr. Arthur Croft (co-author of the first medical text on whiplash injuries) and Paul Ivancic, Ph.D. of Yale Medical School’s Biomechanics Lab.


Our law firm has experience representing people who have sustained temporary complete blindness (or sometimes called “Fleeting Blindness” or what doctors may call Amaurosis Fugax) following an injury to the brainstem or upper cervical spine in a motor vehicle collision. Needless to say, it is a cause of great concern for people who lose sight temporarily after a traumatic injury.  While some of the clients have had multiple episodes of complete blindness lasting only 5-10 minutes, one client reported a 30 minute total loss of vision, and another client reported a 45 minute total loss of vision after a series of episodes of blindness lasting approximately 10 minutes.  While the insurers and defense doctors will claim this is purely psychological (often “conversion disorder”), we are aware of the actual physical injury causing this injury and are able to prove that at trial for people who have sustained blindness after trauma.

We wanted to inform you of an important recent change in Oregon’s Auto Insurance Laws, which could have a profound impact on you, your family, and friends if you get in an auto accident.

Post Concussion Syndrome, is a sequela of a traumatic brain injury (TBI). As you will note in this illustration, the brain suffers injury in instances when the head moves rapidly enough to allow the brain to move through its protective CSF fluid barrier, striking the inside bones of the cranium, even when the head itself does not strike an exterior object. The mechanism in the far right images are called a “coup contrecoup” injury.

It is now well accepted that all traumatic injuries involve both a mechanical and neurochemical changes within the brain. Diffuse Axonal Injuries is the term used to explain the mechanical injury that results from a traumatic brain injury.


We’ve pondered for some time whether to post something about the Oregon legislature’s failure to act on the serious insurance problems in the State of Oregon.  This post isn’t going to sit well with some people, and others might find it a bit odd given the future considerations of the problems, but given the article today in the Willamette Week, we’ve decided to post this in a half-hearted attempt to change the legislature’s course before its too late for Oregonians.

Our law firm is known for handling even the most complex neurological injury cases resulting from trauma. As this post discusses, we have experience handling a legal case in which Myasthenia Gravis was severely aggravated by an injury.


After years of denying its airbags are defective, one of the world’s largest manufacturers of auto parts, has finally acknowledged that Takada airbags are a defective product. Takata, based in Japan, has manufactured approximately 30% of the airbags in cars on the road. Millions of cars today threaten to seriously harm drivers who could be hit by an airbag either in a crash, or during a spontaneous airbag deployment.


Our firm handles a number of cases for people who have sustained some serious, but less frequently experienced neurological injuries after traumatic injuries.  This can include neurodegenerative conditions caused or aggravated by trauma (or the treatments for trauma), such as Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (“CTE”), Myasthenia Gravis, and others. One devastating neurological condition we have experience handling (including trials) is Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome or “POTS.”

We’ve received a number of questions raised by our last blog post about legislative changes to Oregon Uninsured Motorist (“UM”) and Oregon Underinsured Motorist (“UIM”) auto insurance.

The Oregon legislature recently passed legislation regarding auto insurance that will be helpful for Oregonians seriously injured in a car crash, as well as the Oregon doctors and hospitals who treat them.  Senate Bill 411 does a number of things regarding Personal Injury Protection insurance, as well as Uninsured Motorist and Underinsured Motorist insurance coverage.

Oregon Personal Injury Lawyer, Aaron DeShaw, has been honored by being invited to contribute to the American Association for Justice’s legal textbook Anatomy of a Personal Injury Lawsuit, with some of the greatest trial lawyers in American history. The culmination of over three years of work with over 50 of America’s leading trial lawyers and litigation experts, this two-volume book set contains a wealth of information for practicing trial lawyers. The books provide practical advice on issues ranging from client intake, case investigation, insurance claims issues, medical causation, trial methods, and much more. Edited by John Romano of Florida, the book features nearly 1000 pages of practical advice by lawyers who have a career of achieving significant outcomes for their clients, including Gerry Spence, Mark Lanier, Randi McGinn, Peter Perlman, Patrick Malone, Michael Burg, Judith Livingston, Robert Habush, David Wenner, Bill Barton and many more.

Portland Personal Injury Lawyer Aaron DeShaw attended the Consumer Attorneys of California annual convention on November 13-15, 2014.  A number of DeShaw’s friends were lecturing at the event including Inner Circle of Advocates President Rick Friedman, R. Rex Parris, Nick Rowley, and Brian Panish.  In addition to running his own firm in Portland Oregon, DeShaw is of counsel at Friedman’s firm Friedman | Rubin in Seattle Washington.

Portland personal injury lawyer Aaron DeShaw delivered the keynote speech for the Iowa Association for Justice on the topic of settling injury claims by writing better demand letters for personal injury cases. The 90-minute lecture for lawyers focused on writing different types of demand letters and focused on some of the most common mistakes lawyers make in attempting to settle injury claims using demand letters. In addition to typical narrative style demand letters, DeShaw covered demand letter formats for insurers using bodily injury software systems including Colossus, Claims Outcome Advisor, InjuryIQ, and Exposure Manager. These systems are used by a majority of auto insurers to evaluate injury claims.  Additionally, the lecture focused on settling injury claims involving traumatic brain injuries, and other types of neurological injury claims.

It is important for athletes, their parents, and coaches to acknowledge a growing body of medical research suggesting the potential for brain injuries in sports. After all, it is “concussion season” according to a recent article in The Portland Tribune. Probably worth commenting about, since I’m generally known as a traumatic brain injury lawyer in Oregon, and am a board member of the Brain Injury Alliance of Oregon - a group of doctors, neuroscientists, lawyers, brain injury survivors and other caregivers that support brain injured people in Oregon and several other western states.

MAP-21, (the “Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century” Act) (P.L. 112-141), was signed into law by President Obama on July 6, 2012. Funding surface transportation programs at over $105 billion for fiscal years (FY) 2013 and 2014, MAP-21 was the first long-term highway funding bill enacted since 2005.

Oregon personal injury lawyer Aaron DeShaw has been invited to speak on insurance settlements, as the featured speaker at the Iowa Association for Justice Annual Convention. DeShaw is the only speaker being provided two lecture spots.

I’m proud to announce that last week the firm settled a case for a young woman who had started her own successful private school here in Oregon, and sustained a mild traumatic brain injury that impacted her ability to continue running the school normally.  Why write about this?  Because the case demonstrates how important lawyer selection is in TBI cases.  Case outcome can hinge on very small pieces of knowledge.


Some of our favorite trial lawyers have blogs about how to try cases. But, I rarely write about my study of the law or the amazing people I get to work with both at the law firm and through Trial Guides. But, I’m going to make an exception. Why? Gerry Spence called me.


This week, Oregon brain injury lawyer Aaron DeShaw attended the American Association for Justice‘s annual conference in Baltimore. He was one of few Oregon lawyers in attendance at the annual conference. DeShaw attended the Traumatic Brain Injury Litigation Group track at the conference, listening to lectures on handling traumatic brain injury cases, involving pediatric traumatic brain injury cases.

Portland personal injury lawyer, Aaron DeShaw, has been invited to speak at the national Auto Crash Litigation 3.0 conference for lawyers.  The conferences, held September 2014 in Chicago, and March 2015 in Las Vegas features several of the nation’s leading auto and trucking accident lawyers including Steven Gursten, Tom Metier, Michael Leizerman, Morgan Adams and more.  DeShaw is the only Oregon lawyer invited to speak at the conferences.

The CDC’s “Heads Up” App detects brain injuries

The Center for Disease Control (CDC’s) new “Heads Up” app for iPad, iPhone and Android devices has just been released.  It is great app about brain injuries for students, teachers and coaches involved in sports.

Last night a Columbia County jury returned a record $1.6 million verdict for a man who lost his right leg in a pickup vs. motorcycle collision.  It is a significant outcome, particularly as Columbia County is considered a conservative county for civil lawsuits. Court staff stated there hasn’t been a motor vehicle trial there in the past five years. Attorney Aaron DeShaw and his client are appreciative to the Columbia County jury for providing a fair trial to both the plaintiff and the defendant.

Oregon Brain Injury Lawyer, Dr. Aaron DeShaw, has had one of his past litigation cases used as the basis of a case study in the newest edition of the definitive text on neuropsychological testing, Neuropsychological Assessment, by Muriel Lezak, Ph.D., Diane Howieson, Ph.D., Erin Bigler, Ph.D., and Daniel Tranel, Ph.D.

Portland Brain Injury Lawyer, Dr. Aaron DeShaw, recently lectured at the 2013 Annual Conference of the Brain Injury Alliance of Oregon. DeShaw is known for handling complex and catastrophic injury cases as a trial lawyer, most notably traumatic brain injury cases.  He is one of a small number of trial lawyers in the country who belong to the Traumatic Brain Injury Litigation Group of the American Association for Justice.

Portland Oregon Brain Injury Lawyer, Dr. Aaron DeShaw, has been appointed as a Board of Director for the Brain Injury Alliance of Oregon. DeShaw is known for handling complex and catastrophic injury cases as a trial lawyer and is best known in the past five years for winning complex brain injury cases.  He is one of a small number of trial lawyers in the country who belong to the Traumatic Brain Injury Litigation Group of the American Association for Justice.


Last weekend the Brain Injury Alliance of Oregon marked the 11th annual Pacific Northwest Brain Injury Conference and the 30th Anniversary of the Pioneer Awards Dinner. The annual brain injury event brings together brain injury survivors, brain injury health care providersOregon brain injury lawyersWashington brain injury lawyers, with other brain injury association members attending from the Brain Injury Alliance of Washington, the Alaska Brain Injury Network, the Brain Injury Alliance of Idaho and beyond.

Truck driver Ronnie Milner was named a Truckload Carriers Association Highway Angel yesterday. In September of last year, Milner came upon a sideways car in the middle of the road from an apparent auto accident. The truck driver proceeded to help the elderly couple inside the vehicle until authorities arrived including position his truck so as to protect the elderly occupants from oncoming traffic.

There is an insurance company myth, often promoted by radio talk show hosts, about a litigation explosion that is damaging our country and our economy.  Some call it a “lawsuit tax.”  What they are suggesting is that uninjured people are going out and suing anyone they can for money. I’d like to clear this up with the real numbers.

Traumatic brain injuries (TBI) are a serious and continuing health problem.  Most recent data from CDC indicates TBIs are on the rise with an increase in TBI-related emergency department visits and hospitalization from 2002-2006.  Worse, many TBIs go unrecognized. The impacts of even mild TBI, and the effects, are misunderstood by the victims themselves, their families, and even within some members of the medical community.  Given the complexities surrounding brain injury cases, an increasingly troubling...

News agencies are reporting that Sunday morning, around 10:30 AM, a tour bus from Vancouver, British Columbia crashed on Interstate 84. The crash occurred near Pendleton, Oregon in the Deadman’s pass area. At this time, 9 people have been killed and 26 more were take to the hospital with a wide range of injuries. When the crash occurred, the tour bus of 40 Canadian passengers was on its way from Las Vagas back to British Columbia.

Just before 11:30 AM last Sunday, a log truck rollover accident caused the State Police to close Highway 105 South of Astoria for nearly 3 hours. Authorities believe that speed and wet conditions were factors in the accident that led William A. Fletcher to lose control of the loaded log truck when the load of logs shifted. The log truck overturned sending logs across the roadway and into a passenger car driven by Kristina M. Hess of Astoria. Fortunately, the driver of the passenger car was uninjured and even Fletcher, despite his log truck overturning, is believed to have suffered only minor injuries.

Fewer Medical Malpractice Claims, Higher Malpractice Premiums

There is no growth in the number of new medical malpractice claims. According to the National Association of Insurance Commissioners, the number of new medical malpractice claims declined by about four percent between 1995 and 2000. There were 90,212 claims filed in 1995; 84,741 in 1996; 85,613 in 1997; 86,211 in 1998; 89,311 in 1999; and 86,480 in 2000. While medical costs have increased by 113 percent since 1987, the amount spent on medical malpractice insurance has increased by just 52 percent over that time. Additionally, for most doctors not in high-risk specialties, malpractice insurance costs amount to only 3.2 percent of the average physician’s revenues.

Brain Injury Alliance of Oregon director Sherry Stock has asked Attorney Aaron DeShaw to be a board member of the organization.

Attorney Aaron DeShaw has been invited to speak at the 360 Advocacy conference on brain injury litigation in Las Vegas along with other nationally recognized brain injury doctors and lawyers. Other lawyers include Bruce Stern (New Jersey), Joe Fried (Georgia) and others.  DeShaw was one of the first speakers invited and has been invited to speak on other topics for 360 Advocacy, including Colossus, insurance claims process, and cervical spine injury litigation.

Attorney Aaron DeShaw is quoted in a new article on Colossus in the article “A Storm of Money” published in The Post & Courier of South Carolina.  Many of the facts from the article come from Dr. DeShaw’s book, and books reliant upon its information on the history and use of Colossus.

Concussion – A must read for NFL players

The New York Times today reported on the new brain injury poster being posted in every NFL locker room to inform players and their teams about the long term risks of mild traumatic brain injuries.  Among other things, the poster alerts NFL players to the long-term effects of concussions, discussing that traumatic brain injuries cause memory loss, depression, and “early onset of dementia.”  Those close to the issue described the NFLs recognition of the problem as both staggering and overdue.

Truck and car collision

Through targeted inspections, Roadcheck aims to increase compliance and prevent trucking accidents. This September during Brake Safety Week, Roadcheck found one out of seven of 21,255 commercial vehicles inspected had to be placed out-of-service (OOS) due to braking systems that had fallen below safety standards. Granted, this is not necessarily a statistically sound sample of all commercial trucks and buses on the highways in North America, let alone the United States. In fact, in the U.S., approximately 10% of commercial vehicles were placed OOS for braking related concerns. Nonetheless, while slightly better here in the U.S., the findings are still of great concern.

Life can seem daunting after a traumatic brain injury, and often times victims, and victims’ families do not know where to turn for treatment information and tools to combat the effects of the injury. The Brain Injury Guide and Resources, brought to us by the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services and the MU Department of Health Psychology, offers tools and information for those suffering a traumatic brain injury, their friends, and their families. Explore the site to learn more about navigating employment, driving, and social security issues after suffering a traumatic brain injury. You can also look up treatments and take quizzes on your knowledge of TBI.

There are some great new educational tools Apple’s app store that provide information and resources regarding concussions and traumatic brain injuries: Traumatic Brain Injury Updates by Dan Gardner, MD, lists abstracts of up-to-date peer-reviewed articles about TBIs.

The New York State Insurance Department is poised to release a report discussing computer software used by many auto insurers to standardize the way they evaluate claim. The insurance industry rating agency, A.M. Best, quoted Aaron DeShaw in this story on Colossus, an injury and claims evaluator used by Allstate.