John R. Layman, managing partner of Layman Law Firm, PLLP, presents at the Spokane Concussion Summit on March 9, 2013. The Concussion Summit was organized by the Spokane Chapter of the Brain Injury Association of Washington (BIAWA), and partners in the effort include St. Luke’s Rehabilitation Institute and Providence Health Care. The Concussion Summit is designed to increase awareness about concussions and the seriousness of secondary impacts. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recognizes traumatic brain injury (TBI) as a serious public health problem in the United States. Each year, TBIs contribute to a substantial number of deaths and cases of permanent disability. Recent data shows that, on average, approximately 1.7 million people sustain a TBI annually. Each year, U.S. emergency rooms treat over 173,000 sports and recreation related concussions in children and adolescents under 19 years old — this is a horrifying statistic that does not account for concussions that go undiagnosed and untreated.
Attorneys at the Layman Law Firm routinely advocate for survivors of traumatic brain injuries and their families. The current President of the Spokane Chapter of the BIAWA is Layman Law Firm attorney JJ Thompson. Layman Law Firm attorney Nikalous Armitage, who was very instrumental in organizing the Concussion Summit, is also a current Board member of the Spokane Chapter BIAWA and serves on the State BIAWA’s Board. The lawyers at Layman Law Firm care deeply about TBI survivors and their families. The next best thing to preventing a TBI is ensuring there are adequate resources available to survivors, their families, and caregivers. For more than 20 years, the attorneys at Layman Law Firm have taken a personal interest in advocating for the prevention of traumatic brain injuries and the availability of proper medical care and resources for survivors, families, and caregivers.