Later this week, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell will be given the Jacksonville Sports Medicine Program Leadership in Sports Health, Safety & Research Award. GIVE ME A BREAK! Read more by clicking here.
I am gratified that The NY Daily News extensively covered my criticism of the NFL and its conduct. It is appalling that they could alter scientific research and should be a lesson for us all when we review these medical articles from the best doctors that money can buy. Lawyer says $765M NFL settlement should be invalidated
The New York Times reports this morning that the NLF and its Mild Traumatic Brain Injury Committee deliberately altered scientific research submitted to the Journal Neurosurgery. The lies were used to support their assertions that concussions did not pose a risk to NFL Players. It's time that the full truth is told. The NFL cannot be permitted to hide the truth from the public. In N.F.L., Deeply Flawed Concussion Research and Ties to Big Tobacco
The NFL has known about the link between CTE and repetitive head trauma for years. Just shocking how long it has taken them to admit it. Read my comments in today’s NY Daily News. NFL Accepting CTE Link
The Brain Injury Association of New York State (BIANYS) has scheduled its first Brain Injury Advocacy Day for Wednesday, March 23 in Albany, New York.
Advocates will be traveling to Albany from all around the state to help legislators understand that many New Yorkers with brain injury need comprehensive, coordinated long-term care, and that changes proposed by the state Department of Health could lead to harmful service cuts for these individuals.
Your voice and participation in this event is important to alert your legislators to the importance of protecting the rights of victims of brain injury.
To join the Brain Injury Association of New York in Albany on March 23rd, please click here to for further information and to register.
Interesting article in today's San Diego Reader on long term potential liability of NFL for concussion related injuries. Read my comments contained in article on potential liability of municipalities that providing funding for stadium construction. Will the NFL be as powerful in three decades? The long term viability of professional football.
Book review-Patients Rights and Ethical Dilemas a review of Rights Come to Mind: Brain Injury, Ethics and the Struggle for Consciousness
Nationally recognized brain injury attorney, Shana De Caro’s review of Rights Come to Mind: Brain Injury, Ethics, and the Struggle for Consciousness by Joseph J. Fins was published in this month’s Trial Magazine, the official publication of the American Association for Justice. The book according to Shana, “is a fascinating discussion of the serious issues confronting people with impaired consciousness.” The text analyzes the issues of consciousness from medical, familial, and societal perspectives focusing on the myriad issues confronting families. Shana is a member of the Board of Directors of the Brain Injury Association of America and immediate past chair of the Traumatic Brain Injury Litigation Group of the American Association for Justice.
The review can be found at Trial, American Association for Justice: “Patient Rights and Ethical Dilemmas” Book Review, March 2016, Vol. 52. No.3.
Brain injury is reached epidemic levels in the United States. The Centers for Disease Control estimates that each year in the United States there are:
52,000 deaths attributable to TBI
275,000 hospitalizations attributable to TBI
1,365,000 emergency department visits attributable to TBI
If individuals who sustained a concussion and did not seek any emergency treatment were included in these statistics or were treated for injuries in a hospital where TBI was not the primary diagnosis, the CDC estimates over 3.5 million Americans each year were victims of brain damage.
The CDC estimates the direct medical costs and indirect costs of TBI, such as lost wages and productivity totals $60 billion dollars when last measured in 2000.
Although brain injury is receiving increased attention because of the media focus on professional athletes sustaining traumatic brain injury and returning service members who have sustained blast related brain damage, the vast majority of individuals with brain injury are part of a silent epidemic who do not receive the attention, treatment and social services they deserve.
The Brain Injury Association of America and its state affiliates sponsors many activities and programs during Brain Injury Awareness Month to raise public awareness of this injury that may last a life time.
For further information, go to the Brain Injury Association of America web site.
If you or a loved one is a victim of traumatic brain injury, the brain injury law firm of De Caro & Kaplen, LLP may be able to provide legal assistance.