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.
There is a wealth of new information on the long term cognitive and behavioral consequences of traumatic brain injuries of children. Contrary to insurance company claims that children always get better, a high percentage of children who sustain traumatic brain injuries do not get better, and in fact have higher levels of permanent behavioral problems after brain injury. The conference also had a lecture on how to evaluate the long term financial losses of a child due to brain injury - generally considered a difficult area by most attorneys because the child has not yet entered the workplace.
While at the conference Dr. Deshaw had private meetings with AAJ’s new President Lisa Blue and many other lawyers, and jury consultants about their cutting edge methods of litigating cases. He brings this knowledge back to his clients for their own cases.
DeShaw is one of two lawyers on the board of the Brain Injury Alliance of Oregon, and one of few lawyers in Oregon on AAJ’s Traumatic Brain Injury Litigation Group - a small group of approximately 150 lawyers in the United States that handle primarily traumatic brain injury cases. DeShaw handles brain injury and catastrophic injury cases in Oregon, Washington and nationally (as co-counsel).