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Unique Concussion Center Opens at the Philadelphia Navy Yard

Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, Rothman Institute and Wills Eye Hospital have collaborated to establish the Jefferson Comprehensive Concussion Center (J.C.C.C.) at the Philadelphia Navy Yard.

“The J.C.C.C. will be among the very few concussion centers in the nation to provide clinical care in areas such as neuro-opthalmology, neuroradiology, psychiatry, and complex rehabilitation at one facility,” according to a press release. “In addition to providing clinical care, J.C.C.C. will serve as a center for scientific research into concussion.”

R. Robert Franks, D.O., a pioneer in concussion care at the Rothman Institute; and Mijail Serruya, M.D. Ph.D, a leading cognitive neurologist at Jefferson, will serve as Medical Co-Directors of the new center.

Dr. Franks worked on early plans for J.C.C.C. with Theodore Taraschi, Ph.D., Vice President of Research at Thomas Jefferson University. Said Dr. Franks: “Our vision was to bring together the leaders in sports and non-sports concussion management to treat patients with the best clinical pathways and return to activity protocols to provide for successful patient outcomes in one facility—comprising all of the subspecialties needed to treat concussion. The center’s strength will be the collaboration of our three groups. We will be one of the few centers in the country to have sports medicine, neurology, neuropsychology, neuro-opthalmology, ophthalmology, neuroradiology, physical medicine and rehabilitation, psychiatry, physical, occupational and vestibular therapy in one facility to diagnose and treat mild, moderate or severe concussion with compassion and unparalleled expertise.”

The effects of concussions on the eyes and vision are an important and emerging area of concern in the treatment of these injuries, according to Julia A. Haller, MD, ophthalmologist-in-chief at Wills Eye Hospital. “Concussion and brain injury patients often experience difficulty in tracking and focusing. That can lead to problems reading, driving, concentrating in school and using a computer. These patients need to be diagnosed, evaluated and then receive therapy,” said Haller.

The J.C.C.C. expects to treat a wide range of patients who suffer from traumatic brain injury: accident victims, injured veterans, and athletes.

Dr. Serruya said, “Families will be able to take children, adolescents, and adults to the new Jefferson Concussion Center and get help with every aspect of diagnosis, treatment, and recovery all at one accessible location. This is the same concussion team that treats the Philadelphia Phillies and the Flyers.”

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Three Former Philadelphia Eagles Team Up with Philadelphia Law Firm in Concussion Suit

Attorneys for Locks Law Firm filed their ninth lawsuit against the NFL yesterday, and the firm’s first in the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas, a class action on behalf of all former NFL players who reside in Pennsylvania.

The class representatives are: Reggie Wilkes, a former linebacker for the Philadelphia Eagles and Atlanta Falcons; Frank LeMaster, a former linebacker for the Philadelphia Eagles; and Mike Evans, a former offensive lineman for the Philadelphia Eagles. This brings the number of players and spouses represented by the Locks Law Firm in the NFL Brain Injury Litigation to more than 400. The federal litigation has been transferred to and consolidated in the federal court in Philadelphia with the first hearing set to begin on April 25.

The suit charges that the NFL and other defendants intentionally and fraudulently misrepresented and/or concealed medical evidence about the short and long-term risks regarding repetitive traumatic brain impacts and concussions and failed to warn players that they risked permanent brain damage if they returned to play too soon after sustaining a concussion.

“We have filed this state court class action to protect players who are Pennsylvania residents and not yet filed their claims.  We didn’t want the statute of limitations to run on them.  We hope this will help protect their interests,” said Locks Law Firm founding partner, Gene Locks.

Other law firm partners filing with Locks include Michael Leh and David Langfitt. Among other issues, the suit charges that the NFL voluntarily joined the scientific research as well as public and private discussions regarding the relationship between concussions and brain impairment when it created the Mild Traumatic Brain Injury (MTBI) Committee in 1994. Rather than naming a noted neurologist to chair this committee, it appointed Dr. Elliott Pellman, a rheumatologist employed by the New York Jets, whose training was in the treatment of joints and muscles, not head injuries. As stated in the Complaint, Pellman’s employment by the Jets was a clear conflict of interest.  Although the committee was established with the stated purpose of researching and lessening the impact of concussions on NFL players, it failed to inform players of the true risks associated with repetitive head trauma.

The lawsuit was filed in the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas. The Plaintiffs seek medical monitoring, compensation, and financial recovery for the short-term, long-term, and chronic injuries, financial and intangible losses, and expenses for the individual former and present NFL players and their spouses.

Locks said the firm plans to file additional suits on behalf of other NFL players in the coming weeks.

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