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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.
A defense lawyer representing Nathaniel Fujita, who is accused of murdering his girlfriend, Lauren Astley, is claiming that the concussions he suffered as a football player in high school and prior to that led him to commit the crime.
Attorney William Sullivan alleged Fujita suffers from ‘chronic traumatic encephalopathy,’ which has left him prone to commit such crimes.
He introduced an expert witness, Rhode Island Hospital forensic psychiatrist Wade Myer, to support that defense in Middlesex Superior Court.
“Nathaniel had been playing football at least since he was 11,” Myer said at the trial. “He was getting his head hit half a dozen times a season, pretty significantly where everything would turn white. If you repeatedly subject the brain to these things, this pattern of getting hit, over and over and over again, you start to develop chronic brain problems.”
David Rossman, director of the Boston University School of Law’s Criminal Law Clinic Program, told the Boston Herald that he has not heard of another lawyer using repeated concussions as a defense. But, he added, it will likely become something lawyers begin exploring as concussions in sports gain more notoriety.
“It’s going to be something else to think about,” Rossman reportedly said. “Now it will be part of the background questions we ask: ‘Have you played football?’ We’ll order the court to pay for CAT scans.”
The Provost Umphrey Law Firm LLP recently cited documents that reveal that retired players had received benefits from NFL as a result of suffering multiple concussions over the course of their careers.
This is significant because “many former players have filed a lawsuit against the NFL due to the connection between multiple concussions leading to long-term health problems. The league has denied that concussions from playing are leading to these health concerns, and has stated that there is still not evidence to establish a connection.
“Recently, it was revealed that the league had paid benefits to at least three former players because of disabilities caused due to concussions. Mike Webster, a Hall of Fame center for the Pittsburgh Steelers, died in 2002. After his death, it was determined that his brain showed signs of Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy, which has been linked to several other former NFL players that have passed away.
“Webster had requested disability benefits from the league in 2000, and the NFL’s retirement board granted his request. The board determined, and independent doctors confirmed, that Webster’s disabilities were the result of injuries suffered due to repeated blows to the head. The board is independent of the league, as it is made up of a combination of owner and player representatives.
“This evidence makes it extremely difficult for the league to state that there was no link proving that playing football caused these permanent injuries. If you or a loved one has played in the NFL, it is important to speak with an experienced personal injury attorney at this time to discuss your options. The signs of long-term health problems may still lie uncovered, and players need to be prepared for what could arise in the future.”
The firm (www.provostumphrey.com) finished its message by noting that “the NFL is aggressively contesting the claims of the former players, and that it is prepared to “stand up” for the “rights” of players.