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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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Announcement of Harper Mediation

Posted Thursday, June 14, 2018 by Ed Harper

Harper MediationI am pleased to announce the expansion of my business to include Harper Mediation. Harper Mediation will be focusing on mediating personal injury and insurance claims. Our goal is to provide compassionate support and extensive legal experience to help guide the mediation process.

Over the past 27 years dealing in personal injury and insurance matters, I have engaged with a wide variety of people and claims. I have learned that everyone involved with a case has a story to tell. Each side has their own perspective. My gifts and skills as an empathetic counselor and understanding listener for both sides will be integral to the process. Throughout my career, I’ve dealt with difficult, heart-wrenching fact patterns. I know the agony on both sides of the table and as a neutral party, I will work tirelessly toward resolution. The experience of practicing in both California and Washington gives me insight into creatively getting a case to resolution.

Our website has more details about my vision, our firm and my fees:(

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Posted Monday, May 21, 2018 by Ed Harper

A significant skill a person can have is the ability to set a goal, and then accomplish that goal. These seven (7) steps are a good starting place for anybody who hopes to achieve their goals.

  1. IDENTIFY YOU GOAL – You must have a target for what you are going after. As Harvey Penick, the famed golf coach to Ben Crenshaw and Tom Kite, said – “Take Dead Aim” and you may hit it.

  2. IDENTIFY THE BENEFITS FROM REACHING THE GOAL – This provides the personal motivation to accomplish your goals.

  3. LIST MAJOR OBSTACLES OF REACHING YOUR GOAL – Think through the problem(s) you may encounter and even ask a trusted friend or loved one to help.

  4. LIST THE SKILLS AND KNOWLEDGE REQUIRED TO REACH YOUR GOAL - There is a direct relationship between knowing and doing. Successfully accomplishing a goal requires both to occur.

  5. IDENTIFY THE INDIVIDUALS, GROUPS AND ORGANIZATIONS TO WORK WITH – People work better when they can share with each other and offer valuable advice.

  6. DEVELOP A PLAN OF ACTION –Think through the details of how to achieve the goal. This is the hardest part.

  7. SET UP A COMPLETION DATE – If there is no set a deadline, there will be no personal accountability or to the calendar.

One might ask: how this pertains to personal injury claims? Claimants must have a clear vision of what they are going after before the claim is settled. If money is all the other side can provide, then there is a business decision to make at the culmination of the negotiation. Does it make sense financially to settle or take it to trial? That is the key question claimant’s must answer before settling.


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Head Injuries and Mary Seau Foundation

Posted Monday, April 23, 2018 by Ed Harper

Head Injuries and Junior Seau FoundationRecently the family of Junior Seau, a prolific and successful linebacker from a Super Bowl contending team, and my alma mater USC, had a symposium on head injuries. It has been now confirmed by Boston University scientist Ann McKee MD that Junior Seau, who committed suicide in 2012, at 43, had CTE – chronic traumatic encephalopathy. Seau tragically took his own life by shooting himself in the chest; the cause was later discovered to be due the ramifications of his brain injury. It was also found he shot himself in the chest to allow scientists to study his brain regarding the effects of CTE.

Seau had been an outstanding football player and multi-sport start since early in his life. He played linebacker, one of the more physically traumatic positions in football. He graduated with a 3.6 GPA from Oceanside High School in Oceanside California in the late 1980’s. Ultimately he had a very successful college career at USC and was later drafted by the San Diego Chargers in the 1st round of the NFL draft. He had a long and distinguished career in the NFL ultimately playing for the New England Patriots, and the Miami Dolphins. He was a 10-time All-Pro, 12-time Pro Bowl selection, a member of the NFL 1990’s All-Decade Team, and he was named to the NFL Hall of Fame after his death.

Studies have shown that repeated brain trauma, especially at an early age prior to high school, severely injure the brain, and football organizations are paying the price. The movie League of Denial movie is informative regarding the NFL and its unwillingness to offer the truth regarding concussions and their effect on players. Pop Warner Youth Football is also being sued in the Southern California federal court regarding two young people who committed suicide in their early 20s. Their parents are bringing claims against Youth Football for allowing their children to continue playing amidst violent head trauma.

There have also been proposals to ban youth tackle football until high school. This will give young football players to grow through adolescence and have their brains more developed before participating in this violent endeavor.The Mary Seau Foundation, started by the sister of Junior Seau, is in the process helping to illuminate this problem that has taken countless lives.

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