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"Unparalleled Experience When Results Matter"

"St. Petersburg/ Tampa, Florida, Certified Legal Nurse Consultant,

Saundra Smyrski, devotes her career to assisting attorneys with

their medical malpractice, personal injury, and wrongful death

BRAIN/ BIRTH INJURY cases nationwide. 

Your BRAIN INJURY Expert

& Neurological Injury Compensation Association (NICA) Exemplar!

Awards/ Recognition:

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Saundra Smyrski, BSN, RN, CLNC

Saundra is a BSN-prepared Registered Nurse, certified by the FL. Board of Nursing. Saundra serves on the frontline at a local Emergency Department and heads her Neuro Law Consulting firm, wherein she specializes in medical malpractice, personal injury, and wrongful death cases, involving BRAIN INJURIES.

Insurance Companies Pay Up, Then They Get To Move On With A Clean Slate

“Truth is, there is no amount of financial compensation that would ever rightfully affirm “Justice” as being served, in the face of the ever relevant, long-term repercussions of negligent acts; however, financial security, on behalf of the injured, is the only justice that one may aim for, once the damage is already done.” -Saundra

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Why Us?

Unparalleled Experience When Results Matter Most!

The death of someone you love can be tremendously painful. The death of your child- some say is worse. The death of your child, at the hands of careless healthcare providers... unimaginable.

Medical malpractice first hand experience and legal process exposure.

As I held my lifeless 6-month-old son, possibly for the last time, I remember questioning, How does this happen? How does my neurotypical twin son, Austin, transition to an egregious diagnosis of "minimal brain activity," in a matter of minutes? The answer was revealed over time-Medical Malpractice.

 

Patient, parental, & healthcare provider (Registered Nurse) internal insight.

After experiencing, in real time, the devastation resulting from reckless deviations in "standards of care," I knew what I had to do. Our 5-month Pediatric Intensive Care inpatient hospital experience, combined with my 10 plus years as a healthcare professional, has afforded me an unparalleled, comprehensive, insider view of our failing health systems today.

 

You can confidently relinquish the burden of non-legal affairs.

From my patient, parental, and healthcare provider empirical experience, I composed our firm's variable of distinction, "The Trifecta Approach." This affords you, our attorney client, with the ability to confidently relinquish control of the medical aspects of your brain/birth injury cases, in order to make available the time and space you need to do what you do best. Our unique approach also affords the clients you serve with an incomparable, highly-specialized, and meticulous medical/nursing review of their case. 

32-Bed Neuro ICU/ Level I Trauma Ctr./ Nationally Designated Stroke Ctr. 

Serving as a healthcare provider at a Level I trauma center, nationally-designated comprehensive stroke center, and a 32-bed Neuroscience Intensive Care Unit, I found my true passion and purpose in healthcare- patient and family advocacy! Most of the patients I cared for were intubated (ventilator) and heavily sedated, following a significant brain injury (stroke, aneurysm, brain hemorrhage, trauma, tumors, etc.). 

 

An exemplary degree of competence in brain-related matters.

Their loved ones- distraught, often intimidated, and feeling helpless, drew strength from the confidence they found in my competence. This required me to step up, and be the advocate they needed me to be during some of the most uncertain, difficult, and terrifying moments of their lives. I didn't choose critical care nursing, it chose me.  

Relentless Tenacity Securing A Piece of Certainty For The Injured Nationwide

Following my son's significant watershed (brain) injury, I was unsure what to expect. I remember thinking, "Now what?" Well, now we wait. 72 hours later, Austin was off to MRI to determine the extent of his brain injury. 

Documented as follows: "Respiratory and Metabolic acidosis. Hypothermia. Hypotension. Glasgow coma scale (GCS) of 3. Significant global hypoxic injury. Austin is critically ill, secondary to severe organ failure: Neurologic, Circulatory, and Respiratory." 

Empathy from a place of true understanding 

In came the neurologist and attending physician, prefacing their doom and gloom delivery with, "We're so sorry..." continuing with, "Austin will likely never walk, talk,  if anything, he will be blind." Next came the discussion of potentially removing him from life support and "letting nature run its course."

 

Thankfully, moments later, Austin's toes began to wiggle. The next day his eyes spontaneously opened. And shortly following, was the sweetest, most reassuring smirk, with a distinct twinkle in his eye, as if to say, "Hang in there mama, my greater is coming!" And wouldn't you know it; I was told these movements were not purposeful- "just reflexes."

From the moment I saw that smirk, 2 things became clear:

1. Austin was going to be just fine

2. Both of our journeys had just begun. 

Passion for doing whatever it takes. Neither making, nor accepting excuses.

2 degrees, 7 advanced healthcare certifications, and 400+ philanthropic volunteer hours later, and I still was hungry for more. I began to research all there was to know about brain injuries, neuro rehabilitation, neuro pharmacology, neuroimaging, neurolinguistics, cognitive neuroscience, clinical neuroscience, behavioral neuroscience, and the list goes on.

I took a special interest in nutritional advances and the latest evidence based recommendations following brain injury/stroke and paired my acquired knowledge with an intensive Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Speech Therapy, Feeding Therapy, Aquatic Therapy, etc., intensive rehabilitation regimen for Austin,- up to 25 appointments a month. 

Relentless pursuit of justice for the underdog.

Fast forward a couple years, and Austin is a lively, vivacious, walking, talking, charismatic, strong-willed... 4-year-old who has defied all odds, and has made a miraculous recovery from "Minimal brain activity," to "Completely normal brain activity!" We face challenges, and still have a ways to go, but man... talk about a second chance! It was obvious, Austin's resilience, and heartwarming persona, was impacting lives- globally! Little did I realize, my part of his story was doing the same.

 

Humble and hungry.

How fortunate I am, to be afforded a career path, as your brain injury expert, not only doing what I'm passionate about, but also what is purposeful. It's a humbling and honorable experience, each and every time I afforded the opportunity to assist you and the clients you serve.

 

This journey...

From "significant widespread (brain) injury,to significant widespread impact,

...has afforded me the opportunity to scale a revolutionary business, establish sincere long-term partnerships, truly make a positive- lasting imprint on the lives of many, and earn the respect and trust of highly esteemed lawyers and law firms, nationwide.

With gratefulness overflowing,

 

Saundra Smyrski 

Your Brain Injury Expert

BSN, RN, CLNC, CCFP

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University of Birmingham

2021

Childhood cognitive problems- A risk factor for mental illness later in life?

UNIVERSITY OF MONTREAL

06/2021

Head injury and concussion in toddlers: Early detection of symptoms is vital.

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The University of Glasgow

2021

Head injuries suffered by 80% of women prisoners

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American Heart Association

2021

Obsessive compulsive disorder linked to increased ischemic stroke risk later in life

New York Times

06/04/2021

A Rogue Climber Running From the Law Was Fleeing His Own Trauma

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Evaluating and Treating Respiratory Decompensation in Parkinson Disease Patients With COVID-19

2021

Oxygen therapy coupled with ventilatory support remains the mainstay of treatment for PD patients with severe COVID-19 respiratory disease.

The brain is the organ of destiny. It holds within its humming mechanism secrets that will determine the future of the human race.

Francis Crick

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What Others Are Saying

Saundra exceeded all expectations. She is a very thorough healthcare professional whose knowledge pertaining to brain injuries far exceeded my preconceived expectations. I had the pleasure of working with Saundra on a complex med mal brain injury case. Her reports were exceptional. Her attention to detail-precise. Her quick turnaround was greatly appreciated. Initially, I was hesitant, as my previous experience with nursing counsel had fallen short. Saundra's exemplary preparation and analysis considerably aided in a victorious outcome. I wholeheartedly endorse Saundra's nurse consulting ability and highly recommend her expertise.

Stefano Aret Gondren

Attorney at Law

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