Over the last thirty years, Michael D. Eriksen, the principal attorney of the Eriksen Law Firm has tried over 160 cases to juries, and has successfully settled hundreds more, many of which have involved moderate to severe traumatic brain injuries.
Mr. Eriksen is an original member (for 25 years) of the Traumatic Brain Injury Litigation Group of the American Association of Justice
Mr. Eriksen is an original member (for 25 years) of the Traumatic Brain Injury Litigation Group of the American Association of Justice (formerly known as the Association of Trial Lawyers of America). He is current on the major medical issues involved in every traumatic brain injury case, including modern neuropsychological testing and brain imaging (such as diffusion tensor imaging and functional brain imaging techniques).
Unless a lawsuit for death or serious injury is settled beforehand, a jury (or, rarely, a judge) sets the amount of compensation due at a trial in a court.
Often, insurance companies and self-insured defendants wait to offer their “top dollar” settlement amount until, just before (and sometimes during) the trial itself.
First they want to see that the plaintiff’s attorney is a technically-skilled trial lawyer who is willing to spend the time and money necessary to fully prepare a winning case for trial, and who possesses the medical knowledge necessary to contend with the doctors hired by the defense to discount the plaintiff’s injuries.
Having the knowledge and ability to win a major traumatic brain injury case for the plaintiff means more than just a law degree and a knack for advertising and self-promotion.
Instead, it comes only from years of experience handling actual traumatic brain injury cases and trials to conclusion, and becoming immersed in the latest technical and medical developments and literature in the process.
A rational way to evaluate and select a plaintiff’s attorney is to identify, contact, and ask lawyers who have opposed him or her (rather than relying on an advertisement or website).
Mr. Eriksen is happy to provide, as contact references, names of defense lawyers who have opposed him in cases and trials involving traumatic brain injuries to adults and children.