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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • The DC Youth Athletic Concussion Protection Act and How it Protects Young Athletes

    Posted By Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C. || 1-Sep-2015

    By: Ira Sherman Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C. has an established reputation as advocates for victims of traumatic brain injuries. Over the years, we have recovered millions of dollars in compensation for victims who suffered concussions and brain injuries in all types of accidents, including those resulting from sports injuries, car accidents, truck accidents, and more. As Brain ...
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  • CSCS Supports Brain Injury Awareness Month

    Posted By Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C. || 17-Mar-2015

    By: Allan M. Siegel March is National Brain Injury Awareness Month and our firm is proud to join the Brain Injury Association of America ( BIAA ) in helping educate the general public about traumatic brain injuries, their impact on victims and families, and ongoing efforts to improve diagnosis and treatment. DC Mayor Muriel Bowser has also proclaimed March as Brain Injury Awarness Month in the ...
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  • Judge Asks for Revisions to NFL Concussion Settlement

    Posted By Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C. || 9-Feb-2015

    By: Allan M. Siegel A day after the Super Bowl, United States District Judge Anita Brody again blocked a proposed settlement by the NFL for former players who suffered from traumatic brain injuries. Judge Brody - who rejected a proposed settlement last year and then granted preliminary approval after the NFL removed a cap on payments - stated that the terms of the proposed settlement did not meet ...
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  • Could a New Blood Test Change the Way We Evaluate Concussions?

    Posted By Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C. || 9-Jan-2015

    By: Allan M. Siegel A new study performed by researchers has found that a particular protein can predict if a person who has suffered a potential traumatic brain injury will suffer concussion symptoms. The protein, calpain-cleaved αII-spectrin N-terminal fragment (or more simply "SNTF") is present in all human brains. In a healthy brain SNTF maintains stable and balanced levels; ...
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  • Judge Rejects NCAA Brain Injury Settlement

    Posted By Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C. || 31-Dec-2014

    By: Allan M. Siegel A federal district court judge in Illinois has rejected a proposed settlement in a class action lawsuit brought against the NCAA by current and former athletes who had suffered concussions or were exposed to sub-concussive hits. The settlement, had it been approved would have been applied to all current and former student-athletes who played an NCAA-sanctioned sport. The ...
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  • When Should an Athlete Return After a Concussion?

    Posted By Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C. || 8-Dec-2014

    By: Allan M. Siegel Nolan Axenfeld is a senior at DeMatha High School in Hyattsville, Maryland. He was expected to be one of the soccer team's stars this season. He has already been recruited to play for Virginia Tech, and his coaches are eager for him to return to the field. So why has Nolan not returned to play? Over the summer season Nolan played for the Bethesda-Olney academy team, and he ...
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  • Understanding Chad Stover's Brain Injury

    Posted By Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C. || 10-Nov-2014

    By: Allan M. Siegel Last week we brought you the story of Chad Stover, the high school football player who died in October of 2013. He suffered a devastating blow to the head in the first quarter of a playoff game against a rival team. He immediately went back into the game only to suffer a much smaller hit in the 4 th quarter, from which he never woke up. When Chad's parents arrived at the ...
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  • Chad Stover Died Playing The Game He Loved

    Posted By Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C. || 7-Nov-2014

    By: Allan M. Siegel In Tipton, Missouri, high school football is the highlight of an autumn Friday night. Fans pack the stands and even spill out into the parking lots as they gather to root for the Tipton Cardinals. Last Halloween, the Cardinals were playing a rival team, Sacred Heart. It was a playoff game, and they had lost their season opener to Sacred Heart in a poor showing of 39-0. Chad ...
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  • Autopsy Confirms Chiefs' Linebacker Jovan Belcher Suffered From CTE

    Posted By Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C. || 27-Oct-2014

    By: Allan M. Siegel On December 1, 2012, Kansas City Chiefs' linebacker Jovan Belcher, who was just 25, shot his girlfriend, Kasandra Perkins. His mother and daughter were in the next room and were left unharmed. Belcher then sped away to the team's practice facility where he shot himself in front of the Chiefs' General Manager and Coach. Jovan Belcher suffered multiple incidents of ...
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  • University of Michigan Changes Policies Following QB's Concussion

    Posted By Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C. || 6-Oct-2014

    By: Allan M. Siegel On a Saturday afternoon at the end of September, University of Michigan Quarterback Shane Morris took a crushing blow from a defensive player that brought him to the ground. When he tried to get up, Morris was visibly shaken and disoriented. Rather than remove him immediately from play, Michigan coaching staff left the sophomore in for two more plays. Because a neurologist on ...
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  • Should Impact Sensors Be Put on High School Athletes' Football Helmets?

    Posted By Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C. || 26-Sep-2014

    By: Allan M. Siegel The increase in attention to athletics, and football in particular, induced concussions, more and more parents are looking for any way to better protect their children. At Loudoun Valley High School in Purcellville, Va., the parents of football players have been pushing to have impact sensors installed on all the players' helmets. The sensors, created by Brain Sentry, ...
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