We find it highly objectionable and unethical that certain attorneys are seeking out individuals with acquired brain injuries (from tbi, etc.), are enticing them to publically share their stories on the attorneys’ websites and blogs, and are further distributing said stories to other social media such as Facebook and YouTube. Also: The Attorney-Client Relationship. Informed Consent and Mental Competency. Commercial Solicitation for Attorney’s Business Services. Recommendations to the American Bar Association (ABA), the State Bar Associations, Ethics and Professional Conduct Advisory Committees, and Legal Ethicists.
Public Policy Statement of the Brain Injury Network dated 6-8-13
Prohibition on Use of Communication Devices While Driving or Bicycling
The Brain Injury Network supports laws everywhere that will help prevent acquired brain injuries. Driving, or operating vehicles (e.g. automobiles, buses, boats, tractors, trains, and scooters), or bicycling requires concentration. Driving while distracted leads to many serious and fatal accidents and therefore represents a substantial risk to public safety. People who use electronic communication devices while they drive, operate other conveyances, or bicycle are endangering themselves and the public at large. Leading causes of distracted driving include talking on handheld or hands-free phones and cell phones, and text messaging while driving.
Therefore we support any driving or bicycling distracted driver laws that prevent the use of handheld or hands-free phones or cell phones, and also other communication devices (e.g. text messaging electronic devices) that enable one to write, send, or read messages while one is driving a motor vehicle; operating heavy machinery, a boat, a ship, a train, a scooter, or other such motorized conveyance; or while one is bicycling.
The Brain Injury Network policy statement of December 2012 states that third party advocates and additional stakeholders have a duty to accurate report the issues and concerns of the brain injury survivor community. They also have a duty to be politically correct and politically sensitive regarding the brain injury survivor community.
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The Brain Injury Network, an all-survivor U.S. national and international nonprofit organization, has announced its recommendations for laws and legislative efforts that will protect and enhance the lives of individuals with acquired brain injuries.
BIN is pleased to announce that a new policy statement was adopted by the BIN Board of Directors on Oct. 16, 2011. The BIN Board of Directors is comprised of brain injury survivors. The policy is entitled Stigma, Marginalization and Stereotypical Thinking Regarding People with Acquired Brain Injuries.
We at the Brain Injury Network survivor advocacy organization recommend the retirement of the term Persistent Vegetative State. In lieu of PVS, we ask that the medical community adopt the term “Persistent Wakeful but Unaware State” (PWUS). This term includes the requisite components of the diagnosis which are wakefulness yet unawareness. In the alternative, we have noted that on occasion the term Persistent Unaware State (PUS) is used, but it is not quite as illustrative as PWUS, in our lay persons’ opinion. However, it is clear to us, the brain injury survivor community that neither PWUS nor PUS would be so insensitive, dehumanizing or charged a term as PVS. Source: Brain Injury Network