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BIAWA Brian Injury Alliance of Washington


I want to thank the Brain Injury Association – I’m sorry. The Brain Injury Alliance of Washington for what they do. It’s so important, and it sometimes is so overlooked. I’ve been practicing personal injury law for twenty years and the brain injuries that I’ve seen. Even the so-called mild brain injuries sometimes have been the most devastating of all the injuries that I’ve seen. And they’re also the most misunderstood. You can’t see it from the outside. Just this weekend I met a new client at Harborview and every part of his body was broken. He had broken legs and a broken hip. Broken shoulders and a broken hand. He was bruised all over and he was still on morphine seven days after the accident and he and his wife looked at me and said, “at least he didn’t have a brain injury.” And they’re right! Because he’ll heal from those other things. He may have some disability, but he’s gonna be ok.

But I’ve had clients with brain injury who years later have difficulty in their families. Have difficulty getting back to work, and just functioning in their day-to-day activity. And the Brain Injury Alliance is out there every day advocating for these people. Providing services and helping them find the services that they need. Lobbying for them and educating the public at large about the seriousness and the prevalence of brain injuries and the impact they have.

So, to the Brain Injury Alliance of Washington, Thank you. And if you didn’t hear on your way in, 50% of the book sales today are going straight to the Brain Injury Alliance of Washington so if you needed another reason to buy some books – to buy some Christmas gifts for your friends and family, do it for the Brain Injury Alliance.