On September 22, 2012, Richard H. Adler was an invited speaker at the “Sports Medicine Prevention/Training/Therapy Head Injury to Upper Extremity” continuing medical education class presented by Overlake Hospital Medical Center. Mr. Adler presented “Practical and Legal Implications of the Lystedt Law For Today’s Physicians” to many healthcare providers including physicians, athletic trainers, physical therapists.
A special lunch presentation featured Zackery Lystedt and his parents Victor and Mercedes. The audience was able to ask Zack and his parents about their rehabilitation journey over the last 6 year. At the end of the presentation Zack was given an award from Overlake Hospital Medical Center for his dedication to prevent preventable brain injuries and for making sports safer for youth athletes.
As part of our mission to provide the highest quality legal representation to victims of traumatic injuries, Adler Giersch, PS is committed to providing education to health care providers to assist them in caring for their injured patients. As part of this effort, the firm has presented a seminar for healthcare providers for 21 years. Whiplash, Spinal Trauma and the Personal Injury Case for 2011 was presented at the Bellevue Club Hotel on March 26. In addition, the attorneys at Adler Giersch PS presented a pre-seminar workshop, Effectively Managing Your Personal Injury Cases, on March 24 at the Bellevue Club Hotel. Over 130 healthcare providers attended from around Washington and a few travelers from Montana, Oregon, and Nevada. A wide range of providers attended including chiropractors, massage therapists, medical doctors, and staff members.
The seminar and workshop provided must-know information and materials to help healthcare providers effectively and efficiently manage the medical-legal-insurance aspects of personal injury cases. Many of the attendees gave rave reviews: “These are the best education hours in auto traumatology available anywhere.”
On January 25, 2011 Attorney, Richard H. Adler, and Dr. Stanley Herring, MD (Harborview Medical Center, Seattle Sports Concussion Clinic) presented “Management of Sports Concussion Injuries with Special Reference to the Zackery Lystedt Law.” The two part presentation began with Dr. Herring outlining the signs and symptoms of concussions, how to properly diagnose and treat a concussion for healthcare providers, and return to play standards and medical clearance for youth athletes. In part two, Mr. Adler discussed the core principals of the Zackery Lystedt Law and how it impacts students, parents, coaches, and healthcare providers by requiring the new ‘Concussion Information Sheet’ to be signed by parents and students and requiring coaches to be trained on concussions and the need to remove students from practice or competition immediately after a concussion. The event was hosted by Seattle Spine & Sports Medicine and attendance was to capacity with an integrated audience including medical doctors, chiropractors, therapists, case managers, and attorneys.
The Zackery Lystedt Law was signed into law in the state of Washington on May 14, 2009. This law was the first in the nation aimed at preventing preventable brain injuries for youth athletes by standardizing the return to play procedures in school districts across Washington State. Several other states have passed similar Lystedt-type laws including Oregon, Oklahoma, Virginia, New Mexico, Connecticut, Idaho, Massachusetts, New Jersey, Texas and Rhode Island. Additional States in progress for passing this law include Florida, Nebraska, Kansas, Indiana, California, Wyoming, Utah, and New York. Mr. Adler drafted the legislation and organized a broad range of community and corporate partners in support of the law in Washington State. And now that the law is passed and getting implemented, Mr. Adler and Dr. Herring continue their work as key individuals in educating and obtaining the support of national sports medicine groups and key organizations across the United States to join their work in having the Lystedt Law adopted in all 50 states in the USA.
TOP ROW (L to R): Peter McLouglin, President of the Seattle Seahawks & Sounders FC; Jen Carroll, Washington State Athletic Trainers Association; Doug Andreassen, Washington State Youth Soccer Association; Richard H. Adler, Founding Principal of Adler Giersch ps law offices and Chairman of the Executive Board of the Brain Injury Association of Washington; Lisa Thatcher, Lobbyist for the Brain Injury Association of Washington; Hunt Batjer, MD, Neurosurgeon, Co-Medical Director of the NFL’s Head, Neck and Spine Committee; Washington Governor Christine Gregoire; Roger Goodell, NFL Commissioner; General Peter Chiarelli, U.S Army; Ilena Arias, Ph.D, Principal Deputy Director for Centers for Disease Control; Richard G. Ellenbogen, MD, Co-Medical Director of the NFL’s Head, Neck and Spine Committee and Chief of Neurological Surgery at UW Medical and Seattle Childrens’ Hospital; Jeff Miller, Governmental Affairs for the NFL BOTTOM (L to R): Kevin Griffin, Director of Fan Development & Community Relations, Seattle Seahawks & Seattle Sounders FC; Representative Jay Rodne, 5th District; Mike Colbrease, Executive Director of the Washington Interscholastic Activities Association; Dick Langum, Cannfield & Associates; Stanley Herring, MD, Co-Medical Director Seattle Sports Concussion Program at Harborview Medical Center and Medical Director of Spine Care at University of Washington Medicine, Team Physician for the Seattle Seahawks; Jim Whitehead, CEO, American College of Sports Medicine
Saturday morning October 9, 2010 was a special day at the Seattle Seahawks practice facility in Renton, Washington as distinguished group met and presented on the topic of preventing preventable brain injuries in all sports and the military and making youth sports safer. Richard H. Adler, Attorney at Law and Chairman of the Executive Board of the Brain Injury Association, joined NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell and Governor Chris Gregoire in delivering keynote presentations, along with a top-tier medical doctors and community leaders that helped in the passage of the Zackery Lystedt Law on May 14, 2009.
On March 27, 2010 Adler Giersch held its 20th Annual Whiplash, Spinal Trauma, and Personal Injury Case seminar. Featured speakers included Richard H. Adler and internationally recognized chiropractor Daniel J. Murphy, DC, DABCO. The event was well attended with just over 120 healthcare providers from Washington, Oregon, and Montana.