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Tripping and falling - Watch out for hidden objects

Posted Saturday, January 25, 2020 by Ed Harper

We have recently resolved a case with a large hotel chain for an object that was right in the path of a pedestrian. This occurred when our client was returning to his car and had to navigate a gravel median which had been placed in the parking lot to separate vehicles. However, the business failed to remove or provide any notice to pedestrians such as our client which led to his fall and serious compound fracture.

Call us if you have been injured and we can help you get some well-deserved compensation. Alternative Text

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How To Switch on Your Brain - Book Summary

Posted Tuesday, October 08, 2019 by Ed Harper

How to Switch on your Brain – The Key to Peak Happiness, Thinking and Health. By Caroline Leaf, PhD. c. 2013.Book Summary. Dr. Leaf is an expert who has conducted research, treated brain injured patients and studied the debilitating challenges for individuals who live with brain difficulties, ranging from learning disabilities to brain injuries.

This is a detailed and step-by-step approach to living with and overcoming difficulties in brain function. It provides a 5-step approach for training a person’s mind and help with controlling their thoughts. By doing her 5-step approach, over time, one can live with a healthier thought life which can translate into healthier relationships, emotions and decision-making.

Briefly, the book is broken up into two parts – Part One - deals with the keys to the brain’s structure. How the brain works and how thoughts are transmitted throughout the brain. It points out that the Creator has created an intricate and amazing brain, and how one can re-wire thinking. Part Two – deals with the methodology Dr. Leaf has created to help re-work and re-wire the brain.

I recommend this book to anyone who has suffered from a brain injury, has any level of learning disabilities, those who have suffered emotional trauma and also to care-givers and loved ones.

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Turning it all over to Him - Letting Go and Letting God Lead

Posted Tuesday, September 24, 2019 by Ed Harper

3/14/19 Turning it all over to Him – Letting Go and Letting God LeadPoured out like a drink offering. What an example of how to live. With the humility of Christ – “who though he was in the form of God, did not count equality a thing to be grasped, but emptied himself, by taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men.” Phil. 2:6-7. Therefore, he did not think of himself more highly than he ought. But was realistic and superimposed his Father’s will instead of his own. There are times in my life where I have had to turn everything over to the Lord. I have had priorities in my life where God was not the #1 thing. Golf, work, hobbies, chasing the bad elements of life, peers wanting me to do things. I had not been strong enough to say no, or be dedicated and committed enough to God to say – no, there is a better way.Or, when Golf was my number one focus – School was my number one focus – or a relationship was my number one focus – all detracted me from what really needed to be my number one focus – and that is my Heavenly Father and the plans he had for me.Turning all of these things over to him meant that I had to lay down my own thoughts, my own desires, and letting him lead me.So, what did he do when I did not turn these things over to him? In essence, they were taken away from me. The desires of my heart – selfish ambition were taken away, in order to instill in me humility and a lack of my own selfish desires, until my desires were lined up with his. So, golf was taken away, a long-term relationship was taken away. And I was thrust back into school.It took a few years to accept this change of plan – or what I thought was a change of plans. I acknowledged that he could forgive me for my failings, that he could forgive me and he did indeed forgive me 100%. But better than that, he had plans for me – I just had to let go and allow the Lord to lead me – rather than trailing the Lord along behind me, hoping he’d bless my doings/my work.So, bottom line – let God lead you, and then you can release from your control the thoughts, the desires, the commitments to something else. The good is the enemy of the best. Therefore, only God can truly know the desires of your heart and what is best for you.

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Traumatic Brain Injury and Persisting Symptoms

Posted Monday, August 05, 2019 by Ed Harper

Traumatic brain injurySeveral my most recent and satisfying cases involving traumatic brain injury include horrific damages which have had significant effect on clients. All socio-economic categories can be affected by traumatic brain injury, and I do not like to designate any brain injury as a mild event. Any brain injury is significant for the injured person.Cases involving brain injury can be the most rewarding and I enjoy them particularly as a brain injured sufferer myself, as well as supporting families through this difficult time.Postconcussion syndrome (PCS) recently has been assessed in the Journal of Neurotrauma by Carmen Hiploylee, a neurosurgeon at the Canadian Concussion Center in Toronto. An article Dr. Hiploylee authored in 2017 indicates Link Text that those suffering from brain injury and responded to Dr. Hiploylee’s study indicated that “no patient recovered who had PCS lasting 3 years or longer. Only 27% of the population studied eventually recovered and 67% of those who recovered did so within the 1st year. The finding that PCS may be permanent if it lasts longer than 3 years suggests that it may be critical to treat PCS appropriately in the early stages.” Pg. 1518 of Dr. Hiploylee’s study.Some things you can be aware of if you have these persisting symptoms after a brain injury: HeadachesDifficulty concentratingFatigueDazed/don’t feel right/feeling in a fogPressure in the head sensitivity to light difficulty remembering recent/remote eventsNeck pain Sensitivity to noise depression/sadness Insomnia/sleeping too little or too much Irritability Anxiety Frustration Feeling slowed down Noise in the ears Vision changes Lightheadedness Imbalance More emotional Dizziness Nausea Increased sensitivity to alcohol ConfusionPersonality changesVivid dreamsNumbnessVertigoPanic attacksDisorientationStomach acheLoss of appetite Slurred speech Seizures VomitingAt Harper Law, we strive to support TBI victims and their families. If you suffer from the residual and persisting symptoms from a brain injury mentioned above following an injury through no fault of your own, talk to Ed Harper at Harper Law PLLC. or 425-284-3333.

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Locations where we are handling cases at this moment

Posted Thursday, August 16, 2018 by Ed Harper

Here at Harper Law PLLC, located in Kirkland, Washington, we often are asked, do you handle cases outside your geographic region. The answer is yes. Just looking at my case file presently, we are handling cases in five different states - Washington primarily, but also, Arizona, California, Hawaii, and Oregon.

As far as within Washington, we have active cases in King County, Snohomish County and Pierce County. More specifically, the cities we are representing clients are located in Kirkland, Bellevue, Seattle, Federal Way, Issaquah, Snohomish, Everett, Marysville, Mt. Vernon, Oak Harbor, Renton, Maple Valley, May Valley, Tacoma, West Seattle, Bonney Lake, Bothell, Tukwila, Sea-Tac, Puyallup, Fife, Lynnwood, Woodinville and Stanwood as well as Redmond.

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