George Washington University to Start Concussion Law Class

The New York Times reported today that George Washington University’s law school will start what it described as “the first course devoted to the legal implications of traumatic brain injuries.”

A weekly seminar, the class will reportedly address brain injuries of all sorts, including those sustained in car accidents and in falls. “But the concussion crisis gripping the N.F.L. is what caught the law school’s attention,” according to the Times.

The class will be taught by Michael Kaplen, an experienced plaintiffs’ lawyer with expertise in the area.Michael Kaplen HEAD SHOT

“It’s a constant battle that really defaults every step of the way to the legal profession to handle on behalf of the millions of people who get injured,” Kaplen told his students last month, according to the paper. “The legal profession becomes, in one way or another, the champion because nobody else is there to do it. The lawyer has to become the doctor, has to become the social worker, has to become the neuroscientist and put that together for the individual.”

For the full story, visit: http://www.nytimes.com/2014/04/14/sports/football/concussion-cases-inspire-new-course-at-george-washington-law-school.html?emc=edit_th_20140414&nl=todaysheadlines&nlid=19301719&_r=0

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