Orange County Attorney David Stothers To Participate At Symposium On Traumatic Brain Injury

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Event Will Be Sponsored By The Brain Rehabilitation And Injury Network

On April 27-28, 2012, the Brain Rehabilitation And Injury Network (BRAIN) will hold a symposium at The Grand, 4101 E. Willow St. in Long Beach, California. Over the course of the two-day event, various expert speakers will provide awareness and information to brain injury survivors and their caregivers, along with providing resources to the medical and military communities regarding brain injury. Mr. Stothers, a former police officer turned criminal defense attorney with offices in Orange County and Los Angeles County, will be one of the presenters. He will address the issue of California law vis-à-vis the brain injured defendant, how to integrate neuro-psychology into a viable defense, and to what extent caregivers can become involved in the criminal justice system when a loved one is charged with the crime.

In an often overlooked area of criminal defense, Attorney David Stothers’ experience with this subject, and its very real impact on the causes and circumstances of crime, sheds light on the complex landscape of the fallout from Traumatic Brain Injury in our society. According to the CDC, every year an estimated 1.7 million people sustain a Traumatic Brain Injury. TBI is a is a contributing factor to a third (30.5%) of all injury-related deaths in the United States and approximately 75% of TBIs that occur each year are concussions or other forms of mild TBI. Far more widespread than commonly known, the effect of Traumatic Brain Injury ranges from difficulties in day-to-day tasks, to the manifestation of judgment and reactions in an affected patient that could lead to criminal activity. Bridging the gap between the medical aspects of TBI, with the legal ramifications and the bearing on our communities, Attorney Stothers’ contribution to the symposium will bring an important, pioneering and highly informative angle to the issue and it’s applications to the law.

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