Michigan Auto Law Attorney Steven Gursten to Speak on Advocating for Traumatic Brain Injury Survivors at 360 Advocacy Group & Michigan Association for Justice Seminars

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Why people with brain injury need effective legal representation now more than ever

Accident victims with brain injury need compassion in a society that doesn't usually comprehend what they're experiencing. It isn’t like the movies.

Teaching lawyers about traumatic brain injury (TBI) does not begin with the topic of how to get bigger settlements, as many people believe. What's more important is teaching lawyers how to advocate for the brain injury survivor in a world that often doesn't understand their challenges, says attorney Steven Gursten, of Michigan Auto Law, a Farmington Hills-based law firm.

"This lack of understanding is reflected in the frustration many brain injury survivors have in finding effective legal representation," Gursten says. "Brain injury cases are more expensive and can be harder to win, so many attorneys refuse to take them. And when they do, this frustration is often magnified by how insurance companies choose to defend these cases in civil lawsuits."

This week, Gursten will be speaking on brain injury at two advanced legal seminars for attorneys who practice auto accident litigation.

On September 27 and 28, Gursten will be moderating and speaking at “Auto Crash Litigation 3.0,” in Chicago, sponsored by the 360 Advocacy Institute His topic is called, "Why There's More to Maximizing Settlements for Brain Injury Cases."

On September 29, Gursten will be in Southfield, Michigan, presenting to the Michigan Association for Justice during the annual No Fault Institute. His topic is,"Mild Traumatic Brain Injury in Motor Vehicle Crash Cases – How to Identify and Prove this to Adjusters and Juries."

"Accident victims with brain injury need compassion in a society that doesn't usually comprehend what they're experiencing. It isn’t like the movies. Too often, brain injury survivors look normal but have terrible problems. And they often don’t get better,” Gursten said. "They deserve to have effective legal representation from lawyers who understand the law and the medicine of brain injury."

Gursten plans to discuss the following :

  • 17 potential "defense attacks" in brain injury litigation, such as no accompanying physical injuries, low vehicle damage and no loss of consciousness.
  • New technology that can better help prove brain injury, such as Diffusion Tensor Imaging (DTI).
  • The injuries that usually accompany TBI that many lawyers miss, such as chronic pain syndrome, fatigue and depression.

"This is really about teaching lawyers to understand the medicine of brain injury and explain it to the defense attorneys, insurance adjusters and juries,” Gursten said.

The 360 Advocacy Institute hosts legal conferences and legal seminars throughout the United States.

The Michigan Association for Justice is the state’s largest organization of personal injury attorneys and consumer protection lawyers.

Gursten is an active member of both organizations.

About Michigan Auto Law: Michigan Auto Law has 17 lawyers exclusively handling automobile accident and No-Fault insurance litigation throughout the state. The law firm has received the top-reported jury verdict or injury settlement for a car or truck accident victim for the past 15 consecutive years, according to published reports by Michigan Lawyers Weekly. Michigan Auto Law has offices in Farmington Hills, Detroit, Sterling Heights, Grand Rapids and Ann Arbor. For more information, visit http://www.michiganautolaw.com or call (800) 777-0028.

About Steven M. Gursten: Steven Gursten is recognized as one of the nation’s top attorneys handling serious auto accident injury and wrongful death cases. Steve is an active leader in many prominent legal organizations, including current President of the Motor Vehicle Trial Lawyers Association and Past Chair of the American Association for Justice Truck Accident Litigation Group. He has been named a Michigan Lawyers Weekly “Lawyer of the Year.” Steve is also listed in Best Lawyers in America and is named one of the Top 100 Lawyers in Michigan by Super Lawyers. Steve lectures at seminars throughout the country on topics such as trial advocacy, traumatic brain injury, truck accident litigation and maximizing personal injury settlements.

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