November Issue of Concussion Litigation Reporter Is Live

November 2016, Vol. 5, No. 5

Timely reporting on developments and legal strategies at the intersection of sports and concussions—articles that benefit practicing attorneys who may be pursuing a claim or defending a client.

Table of Contents

A New Lawsuit Seeking NFL Neurocognitive Disability Benefits Highlights the Adverse Impact of Subconcussive Hits Regularly Experienced by Linemen

Researchers: The Impact of Subconcussive Hits Is Realgi_108508_figure-1

Judge Awards More Than $1 Million in Damages in Concussion Case Involving Softball Player

School District and Parents of Concussed Student Athlete Settle Concussion Lawsuit

Law Reviving Professional MMA in New York Requires Additional Insurance Protection for Traumatic Brain Injuries

Insurance Company Reports Concussion Diagnoses Are Spiking

Federal Judge Won’t Overturn Workers’ Compensation Decision Involving Concussed Player

Former College Lacrosse Player Sues Coach Over Concussion

The Final Plea, By “Friends of the Court”

U.S. Soccer Chief Medical Officer Dr. George Chiampas Discusses Recognize to Recover Program

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Anderson to Speak at Traumatic Brain Injury 2.0 on Veterans Day

Paul D. Anderson, one of the nation’s foremost experts on the legal side of the sports concussion issue, will be one of several speakers at Traumatic Brain Injury 2.0, which will be held November 11 at the School of Law at the University of Missouri.

The symposium is being billed as an exploration of “The Science, Treatment and Legal Considerations Behind One of Our Nation’s Most Pressing Issues.” More details can be found here: http://law.missouri.edu/faculty/veterans-clinic-symposium/

Anderson is an attorney at the Klamann Law Firm in Kansas City. He also serves as an adjunct professor of law at UMKC, teaching The Emergence and Transformation of Concussion Litigation. During his last year of law school, he immersed himself in the medical and legal issues involving concussions in sports. Noting the emerging area of sport concussion injury litigation, he created the website NFLConcussionLitigation.com. It has become the “go-to source” for chronicling the litigation against the NFL and NCAA. The national media regularly seeks his insight, and he has been a panelist at multiple CLEs and sports law symposiums discussing the NFL and NCAA concussion litigation.

 

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Concussion Legacy Foundation: More Than 100 Former College Football Players Have Now Been Diagnosed with CTE

The Concussion Legacy Foundation announced yesterday that former players from over 100 college football programs have now been diagnosed with chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) at the VA-BU-CLF Brain Bank. 15 colleges have had 3 or more confirmed cases, and those schools have combined for 64 national championships. Every conference within the Power 5 (ACC, Big 10, Big 12, Pac 12 and SEC) has at least one school represented in those 15 colleges with the most CTE diagnoses.

“This information is being released to raise awareness that CTE is not just an issue for professional football players,” said our co-founder and CEO Chris Nowinski. “The data should not be interpreted to say that players from these schools are at greater risk than other college players. Instead, the data shows the widespread reach of this disease, and the commitment by the alumni and their families of these schools to support CTE research by participating in brain donation.”

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