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  • CDC Report Sheds Light on Hospital Visits, Deaths Related to Brain Injuries

    Posted By Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C. || 28-Mar-2017

    By: Allan M. Siegel Just over a week ago, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released an article detailing the number of ER visits, hospitalizations, and deaths resulting from traumatic brain injuries (TBI). The data included in the report was accumulated from surveys and health care providers nationwide for the year 2013, and is helping shed light on the impact brain ...
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  • Orlando Basketball Coach Concussion Recovery Highlights Struggle of Ongoing Brain Injury Symptoms

    Posted By Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C. || 21-Mar-2017

    By: Allan M. Siegel The coach of the Orlando Magic’s NBA Development League team, Bill Peterson, is speaking out about his struggle to overcome the ongoing symptoms of a mild traumatic brain injury (TBI). Peterson, who heads the Erie BayHawks, suffered a concussion during a game in early January when one of his players collided with Peterson on the court. While he was able to finish the rest ...
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  • Virginia Tech Researchers Revolutionize Sports Safety Helmets

    Posted By Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C. || 9-Mar-2017

    By: Allan M. Siegel Traumatic brain injuries are known for their serious and often life-altering impact on victims, especially athletes who play sports where impacts to the head are a common part of the game. Although the effects of brain injuries have been studied extensively over the years, there is still a lot of work to do when it comes to understanding their unpredictable nature, the best ...
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  • National Brain Injury Awareness Month

    Posted By Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C. || 3-Mar-2017

    March is National Brain Injury Awareness Month, and Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata, & Siegel, P.C. is proud to be a brain injury advocate helping to raise awareness about this complex condition. While shining a spotlight on this condition is part of our normal blogging and social media activity, this month we will place a special focus on brain injury related issues. Helping brain injury victims ...
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  • Researchers Visualize Brain Injuries in Young NFL Athletes to Aid in Monitoring Concussions, CTE

    Posted By Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C. || 16-Feb-2017

    By: Allan M. Siegel Researchers from Johns Hopkins have reported findings that evidence of brain injuries and reparative processes can be seen on brain imaging from young and recently retired NFL athletes. According to a report published in JAMA Neurology, the study used PET and MRI technology to visualize the brains of athletes and compare them to a similar men who did not have concussions or ...
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  • Study Analyzes Future Risks of Brain Injuries

    Posted By Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C. || 13-Feb-2017

    By: Allan M. Siegel Traumatic brain injuries have the potential to impact victims for the rest of their lives. While many people who suffer concussions and more serious forms of brain injury see their symptoms decline over weeks or months, others may struggle to make a full recovery and lead normal lives. According to a newly published study, there are also concerns for brain injury victims when ...
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  • CDC Study Shows Increase in Brain Injury Death Rate Among High School Football Players

    Posted By Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C. || 1-Feb-2017

    By: Allan M. Siegel A study published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is showing a recent increase in annual death rates among high school football players who suffer brain and spinal injuries. The report, conducted by researchers from the University of North Carolina and released on January 5 th, highlighted the increase in deaths after analyzing statistics dating back to ...
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  • What Compensation Can Brain Injury Victims Recover?

    Posted By Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C. || 30-Jan-2017

    By: Allan M. Siegel While modern medicine has unlocked many mysteries of the human body, the mysteries of the human brain still remain elusive. Although research efforts have helped scientists explore the ways in which we think, learn, and remember – medical professionals still have difficulties in understanding the dynamics of the brain. This includes the difficulties in identifying, ...
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  • U.S. Supreme Court Rejects Challenges to NFL Settlement

    Posted By Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C. || 21-Dec-2016

    By: Allan M. Siegel The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that it will not consider challenges to the concussion settlement between the National Football League and over 20,000 former athletes. The Supreme Court’s decision, handed down on Monday December 11th, settles a long-running class action lawsuit from former players and families who claimed the NFL concealed information about what it knew ...
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  • One Concussion Could Have Long-Term Consequences, Study Says

    Posted By Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C. || 25-Oct-2016

    By: Allan M. Siegel Research has shown that chronic head trauma can have catastrophic effects on a person’s well-being, especially when experienced at a young age. According to a recent study, one of the largest and most elaborate to date, even a single concussion experienced in youth can have a lasting impact on mental health and intellectual and physical functioning throughout life. ...
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  • Is Football Getting Safer?

    Posted By Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C. || 9-Sep-2016

    By: Allan M. Siegel Football and sports programs in our area have taken nearly every measure possible to increase safety and protect against concussions. Fairfax County in particular has instituted safety seminars, held tackling clinics, purchased $300 helmets, and made contact modifications during practice. In the fall of 2015, the Marshall High football team in Falls Church, Virginia, recorded ...
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  • Dale Earnhardt Jr. Discusses Concussion, Lengthy Recovery, and Concerns Over Career

    Posted By Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C. || 10-Aug-2016

    By: Allan M. Siegel Earlier this month, NASCAR driver Dale Earnhardt Jr. revealed he was still recovering from concussion symptoms experienced as a result of a crash in early June. The lengthy recovery is new for Earnhardt, who has suffered previous concussions and head injuries during his career, and it has prompted the driver to not only question his future, but also raise awareness about ...
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  • CDC to Create a New Concussion Tracking System

    Posted By Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C. || 20-Jul-2016

    By: Allan M. Siegel In the United States at least 1 million children suffer a concussion each year. However, the true number may be far higher. In fact, recent studies suggest the number is double what has previously been reported. The Journal of Pediatrics conducted the most comprehensive study to date and found that 1.1 million to 1.9 million children suffer concussions annually. Even though ...
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  • University Settles Football Concussion Lawsuits for $712,500

    Posted By Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C. || 23-May-2016

    By: Allan M. Siegel Bowling Green State University will pay $712,500 to settle claims made by a former football player who alleged the school’s football staff failed to remove him from practice after he suffered multiple concussions. Cody Silk, an offensive lineman, alleged that the Ohio-based university’s medical staff and coaches negligently failed to diagnose two concussions and ...
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  • Landmark $1B Concussion Settlement Upheld by Appeals Court

    Posted By Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C. || 13-May-2016

    By: Allan M. Siegel An estimated $1 billion plan to settle numerous concussion lawsuits filed by former NFL players has been upheld in a federal appeals court. This decision comes only weeks after an NFL official finally publicly acknowledged the link between football and a devastating condition called chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), which has been found in a large number of former NFL ...
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  • Pop Warner Settles Head Injury Lawsuit

    Posted By Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C. || 19-Apr-2016

    By: Allan M. Siegel Pop Warner, a Pennsylvania-based national youth football organization, recently settled a lawsuit filed in Wisconsin involving the suicide of a man who played football for the organization as a child. The lawsuit, which was filed by the mother of the former football player, claims that the 25-year-old man’s suicide was a result of significant brain damage caused by ...
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  • Today the National Council on Youth Sports Safety (NCYSS) hosted a Sports Huddle on Concussion, which took place on Capitol Hill in the Rayburn Building. The goal of the event was to help raise awareness about concussions in youth sports in our local communities. The panelist of speakers discussed best practices for implementing concussion policies and barriers to implementation, as well as public ...
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  • NFL Finally Admits Link Between Head Trauma & Brain Disease

    Posted By Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C. || 19-Mar-2016

    By: Allan M. Siegel The National Football League has finally acknowledged that there is a link between football-related head trauma and serious degenerative brain diseases like CTE (chronic traumatic encephalopathy). The NFL’s executive vice president of health and safety policy, Jeff Miller, made the admission Monday, March 14 during a roundtable discussion on concussions held by the U.S. ...
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  • Simple Changes in the Lives of Brain Injury Patients

    Posted By Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C. || 18-Mar-2016

    By: Joseph Cammarata Years of research and studies have shown equine-assisted activities to be beneficial for a wide range of patients suffering from various conditions, including traumatic brain injuries, autism, cerebral palsy, PTSD, and more. Simple Changes is a therapeutic riding center located in Mason Neck, Virginia that offers therapeutic riding to patients from all over the Washington, ...
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  • March 16, 2016: Brain Injury Awareness Day on Capitol Hill

    Posted By Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C. || 16-Mar-2016

    By: Allan M. Siegel Today the Brain Injury Association of America (BIAA) is hosting Brain Injury Awareness Day on Capitol Hill. The event kicks off at 10:00 a.m. with the Brain Injury Awareness Fair in the Cannon Caucus Room. The fair will feature over 50 exhibitors, including the National Association of State Head Injury Administrators and the National Disability Rights Network, who along with ...
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  • New Report Reveals NFL Interference in Concussion Research

    Posted By Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C. || 2-Mar-2016

    By: Allan M. Siegel A new report by ESPN’s Outside the Lines has suggested that the NFL, one of the largest funders of brain research in the United States, has worked to subtly influence research efforts and downplay the link between football and traumatic brain injury. While the NFL donates more than $100 million to research that seems altruistic on the surface, the organization has ...
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  • New Report Details Progress Made in Concussion Awareness

    Posted By Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C. || 21-Jan-2016

    By: Allan M. Siegel The American Association for Justice (AAJ) recently released a new report, entitled “Concussions and the Courthouse,” detailing the progress made in raising awareness about concussions, as a result of the class action lawsuits filed on behalf of current and former athletes. While most people know that a concussion is a serious brain injury, it is less well known ...
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  • Sony's "Concussion" Hits Theaters Christmas Day

    Posted By Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C. || 21-Dec-2015

    By: Allan M. Siegel Sony’s “Concussion,” starring Will Smith, will be released in theaters this Friday, December 25. As advocates for those who have suffered from concussions and other forms of traumatic brain injuries, we at Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata, Siegel, P.C. are pleased that a film like this has been made to speak out for the 5.2 million Americans who suffer from the ...
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  • Student Athletes Suffer Concussions During Practice More than Games, Study Shows

    Posted By Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C. || 16-Nov-2015

    By: Allan M. Siegel Football season is in full swing, and that means daily practices and Friday night lights at fields and school across the country. Although we know that athletes give it their all come game time, new research is suggesting that practice - not actual games - is where athletes may face the greatest risks of suffering injuries, especially concussions. The new study, conducted by ...
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  • Sony Changed 'Concussion' Movie to Avoid NFL Backlash

    Posted By Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C. || 3-Sep-2015

    By: Allan M. Siegel Shocking news regarding the upcoming Sony Pictures Entertainment movie “Concussion,” surfaced this week when the New York Times reported on studio emails that showed Sony tailored the film so as to avoid backlash from the NFL. The film, which stars Will Smith as one of the first scientists to discover and later disclose the degenerative brain disease chronic ...
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