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2013 Walk Like MADD/MADD Dash Washington a Huge Success

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By PI-Advisor. Posted on .

The third annual Walk Like MADD/MADD Dash on Sunday, September 15th was a huge success.  This year registered participants nearly double to 480.  Total funds raised for the event went above and beyond MADD’s $50,000 goal to $56,800!  The walk took place at Magnuson Park, its first year after moving from the Seattle Center.

Team Adler Giersch, PS led by attorney Arthur D. Leritz had a total of 21 registered walkers (including children and dogs) and raised $2,360.00 to benefit Mothers Against Drunk Driving.  Mr. Leritz is also on the Advisory Board for MADD and participated in its pre-walk reception with MADD National President, Jan Withers, on Friday, September 15th.

By walking we hope to raise awareness of not only drunk driving, but underage drunk driving and those adults who allow kids to drink.   Adler Giersch encourages others to walk, run, speak out, write editorials, and talk to neighbors and to continue to be heard in all ways possible to stop drunk driving and underage drinking!

MADD was founded in 1980 to “To aid the victims of crimes performed by individuals driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, to aid the families of such victims and to increase public awareness of the problem of drinking and drugged driving.”  Since its beginning MADD has save 300,000 (and counting) lives to date and have broadened their mission “to stop drunk driving, support the victims of this violent crime and prevent underage drinking.”



National Athletic Trainers Association's (NATA) Annual Meeting

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By Richard H. Adler. Posted on .

This week is the 63rd National Athletic Trainers’ Association Annual Meeting and Clinical Symposia in St. Louis, Missouri.  I am invited to present a mock trial demonstration of an athlete that suffered catastrophic traumatic brain injuries because of sports-related concussions  that were not properly managed on the sidelines or in the exam room.   Following the mock trial I will join a panel of the nation’s leading medical and neuropsychological experts to debrief on the medical-legal issues regarding  concussion management.

In addition to this presentation, I will also participate in the NATA’s formal press/media release on “Preventing Sudden Death in Collegiate Conditioning Sessions.”  Since 2000, 21 National Collegiate Athletic Association football players have died from cardio-vascular events as a result of full-intensity workouts.  My role will provide insight to the legal issues for athletic trainers, doctors, coaches, school administrator on the importance of proper standards of care to prevent preventable traumatic brain injuries and other preventable traumatic medical events.

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Annual Seminar for Healthcare Providers

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By PI-Advisor. Posted on .

The 2011 Whiplash, Spinal Trauma and the Personal Injury Case Seminar was held at the Bellevue Club Hotel on March 26. This seminar marks the 21st year and continues to transform and keep up with the time.  In addition, the attorneys at Adler Giersch PS presented a pre-seminar workshop, Effectively Managing Your Personal Injury Cases, on March 24. 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 cutting edge information and materials to assist healthcare providers effectively and efficiently manage the medical/legal/insurance issues of personal injury cases. Many of the attendees gave rave reviews: “These are the best education hours in auto traumatology available anywhere.”

One aspects of the Adler Giersch ps mission is to provide the highest quality legal representation to victims of traumatic injuries.  As a result, we are committed to providing education to healthcare providers to assist them in treating of their injured patients.

January 25, 2011 Presentation on Concussion

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By PI-Advisor. Posted on .

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.