Traumatic Brain Injury

Out-of-the-box thinking can lead to surprisingly positive results.

Downs Rachlin Martin Director and Litigation Service Area Chair Robert Luce is recognized in Vermont as a leading voice on traumatic brain injury, in the medical and advocacy communities as well as in the legal community. Assisted by Marie Whitbeck, a former critical care nurse, Bob’s trial practice has concentrated on brain and spinal cord injury claims for over 20 years. 

He was one of the founding board member of the Brain Injury Association of Vermont and currently serves as chair. Recognizing that what many brain injury victims and their families want most is information, Bob maintains the Traumatic Brain Injury blog where he provides important background information and frequent updates on the remarkable work being done every day to improve our ability to diagnose brain injury, to treat brain injury, to prevent brain injury, and to obtain compensation for brain injury caused by negligence.

In 1998 Bob recovered the first “mild” traumatic brain injury jury verdict of over $1,000,000 dollars and has since obtained many similar recoveries.

Legal ingenuity and neuro-thought leadership.

Bob is often called a “neurolawyer,” because his practice requires that he be knowledgeable about the biomechanics of neurotrauma, neuroanatomy, neurophysiology, neurochemistry, neuropsychology and the special needs that accompany brain injury and spinal cord injury.

Bob and Marie strongly believe that victims of TBI and spinal cord injury deserve ongoing and continuous support from their legal team with the full range of issue they face, including information concerning treatment options, assistance with health insurance issues and aggressive and creative advocacy to recover the funds needed to maximize rehabilitation and compensate for residual disabilities.

The most frequent feedback we receive from clients is “I wish we had found you sooner.”

Stay abreast of some of the most recent medical news impacting personal injury litigation.

Downs Rachlin Martin attorney Robert Luce often writes about the impact of brain injury, improvements in diagnosis, treatment and the prevention of brain injury. For more on this and on strategies to obtain compensation for brain injury caused by negligence, visit his Traumatic Brain Injury Blog.


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