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Brain Injury Lawyer Criticizes Attorneys in NFL LItigation

Outspoken brain injury lawyer Michael V. Kaplen of DeCaro & Kaplen, LLP didn’t pull any punches when asked by a USA Today journalist about the attorneys representing the plaintiffs in the NFL concussion litigation and why so few players have opted out.

“It doesn’t surprise me (that so few plaintiffs opted out) because of both what the players have to do in order to opt out and the misinformation that they were given by their attorneys about why this settlement is a good deal for them. They were kind of scared into accepting it,” he said.

He went on to elaborate on the “misinformation.”

“One of the inherent problems here is that the attorneys who have to provide the players with this information and have to make recommendations to them in good conscience about whether they should opt out … are answering to many different master.

“They’re answering to people who stand to gain a lot as a result of this proposed settlement, players who have the ALS condition, who have Parkinson’s Disease, who have severe dementia. But they have conflict because they’re talking one way to these players, and to be honest they would talk a completely different way to the players who are suffering (the other effects). That’s one of the main roots of the objection. … You can’t be representing both type of players and do a good job of representing both types of players. It’s just an inherent conflict.”

To see the full story, visit: http://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/nfl/2014/11/03/concussion-lawsuit-settlement-opt-out/18432379/

 

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Brain Injury Alliance of Washington Presented Leadership Award to NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell

The Brain Injury Alliance of Washington (BIAWA) presented National Football League Commissioner Roger Goodell with its Leadership Award at the 8th Annual B.I.G. Event (Brain Injury Gala) on November 1.

The evening’s theme was “Stronger Together, Celebrating 50,”  in celebration of the passage of youth concussion legislation in all 50 states. Many of the laws were modeled after Washington state’s first in the nation “Zackery Lystedt Law.”

The BIAWA “the NFL’s support and leadership to ensure passage of youth concussion laws throughout the country.  Through the NFL’s dedication and that of the 32 clubs to advocate before every state legislature and the Commissioner’s willingness to contact the governor or every state that did not have a law, all the states adopted laws to protect youth athletes,” according to the association..

“The passage of the Lystedt Law in all 50 states is an important step for all young athletes and their parents,” said Commissioner Goodell.  “The Lystedts, BIAWA and others should rightfully be proud of all that they did to make the nationwide passage a reality. We are honored to support their work to protect all young players, no matter what sport they play. We will continue to focus on making our game better and safer and setting the right example on health and safety in sports.”

 

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Personal Injury Attorney Takes Novel Approach, Establishes $1,000 Scholarship for Student With Severe Head Trauma

Bressman Law, a Columbus, OH-based law firm, has created a $1,000 scholarship that is “designed to heighten public awareness of the challenges American youth face following traumatic brain injuries.

“This scholarship will lend financial hope for a bright future to one deserving U.S. student,” according to the firm

David Bressman added that “in the wake of such a severe trauma, it is often possible to lose sight of future goals and become overwhelmed with all that life has thrown at you. We see people every day with determination and perseverance, and it is this strength that has moved us to create this opportunity. Our goal is to support the individuals living with brain injuries in moving forward with higher education while educating ourselves and our community of what it is like to persist through such difficult circumstances.”

The firm noted that the scholarship “is intended for a student enrolled or already accepted into an accredited college in the United States. Applicants must detail how the head injury was sustained, how life has been affected, the obstacles encountered, and future plans to persevere.

“Our goal is to become that first, small glimmer of light that illuminates the path to a successful future through education,” said Bressman.

To learn more about the scholarship or to download an application, visit www.Bressmanlaw.com/Scholarship.

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