MADISON, Wis. - The Wisconsin Association for Justice (WAJ), in partnership with the Brain Injury Association of Wisconsin (BIAW), is hosting the organizations’ second-annual Traumatic Brain Injury Seminar on May 14 at Country Springs Hotel in Waukesha.
As with last year’s seminar, the net proceeds will be donated to the BIAW.
The seminar helps lawyers get a deeper background and gain a better understanding of traumatic brain injuries. The event features a variety of national experts in the medical, neuropsychological, and biomechanical fields along with legal aspects of understanding, presenting and proving damages associated with brain injury.
WAJ program co-chair attorney M. Angela Dentice of Milwaukee said that nearly 5,700 people sustain a traumatic brain injury (TBI) in Wisconsin each year and that 1,000 of those die each year. Dentice notes the leading causes of TBI are motor vehicle/traffic accidents (26 percent), falls (23 percent) and assaults/firearms (15 percent).
Additionally, Dentice said that because many individuals sustain a TBI due to the fault of others (auto crashes and failure to make premises safe), many are involved in the litigation process. This is why it is important for lawyers who represent individuals with TBI to possess the knowledge of how a TBI impacts their clients so that the lawyers can then properly communicate this to juries.
“As brain injuries are not well known or understood, the injury is often called the silent epidemic. The Wisconsin Association of Justice's Traumatic Brain Injury Seminar helps to bring a voice to those who have been injured,” said Mark Warhus, executive director of the Brain Injury Association of Wisconsin (BIAW). “The Brain Injury Association of Wisconsin is honored to co-host the seminar.”
Topics for this year’s event include:
- How to Handle Opinions or Lack of Opinions from Treating Physicians
- Communicating with Juries in TBI Cases
- Understanding Mild Traumatic Brain Injury (MTBI)
- Neuropsychological Tests: What the Results Mean
- Cross Examination of Defense Neuropsychologists
- Conducting Voir Dire in TBI Cases
BIAW was formed in 1980 by a group of individuals with brain injuries, family members, friends and health care professionals. The association provides services and programs in the areas of: information and resources, education, advocacy, prevention and other support services.
“The lawyers that are members of WAJ are concerned about the growing incidence of TBI, especially with the young,” Dentice said. “WAJ is committed to assisting the BIAW in its goal to serve the needs of Wisconsin citizens with this devastating injury.”
The WAJ and its members are dedicated to benefiting communities across Wisconsin through local events and charitable giving.
The WAJ is the state's largest statewide voluntary bar organization. WAJ is committed to a fair and effective justice system for all, not just the privileged and wealthy.