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  • Researchers Find Shocking But Expected Results in Brain Study: 99% of Former NFL Players Had CTE

    Posted By Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C. || 27-Jul-2017

    By: Joseph Cammarata Following years of litigation and ongoing research, the full scope of brain injury risks faced by professional football players is becoming clearer – and the new evidence is alarming. According to a study recently published in the medical journal JAMA, researchers found chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) in 99% of NFL players studied. CTE, a neurodegenerative brain ...
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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Family of Former NFL Player Junior Seau Rejects Concussion Settlement

    Posted By Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C. || 24-Sep-2014

    By: Allan M. Siegel Junior Seau was an incredibly well-loved and fan favorite linebacker who played in the NFL for over 20 years. In a previous blog, we discussed how an NIH study revealed Seau suffered from chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE). Seau's diagnosis was later confirmed by five different neuroscientists. Seau's family filed a wrongful death suit in California, which was ...
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  • NFL Expects 1 in 3 Players to Develop Long-Term Cognitive Problems

    Posted By Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C. || 22-Sep-2014

    By Allan M. Siegel The National Football League has finally admitted that football players face high risks of suffering brain damage and permanent impairments as a result of their careers. When commenting on the data used to arrive at its original settlement agreement, the NFL stated in federal court documents that it expects close to a third of retired players will develop long-term cognitive ...
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  • Partner Joseph Cammarata Interviewed in Portland Tribune Concussion Article

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

    Attorney Joseph Cammarata – Partner at Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C. – recently shared his insight and experience on concussion injuries in an article published Thursday, August 28 th in the Portland Tribune. The article – titled Concussion Season – focused on the issue of concussions in sports, a subject that has earned widespread attention following ...
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  • Former Tennessee Titans Player Reveals ALS Diagnosis During Ice Bucket Challenge

    Posted By Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C. || 22-Aug-2014

    By: Allan M. Siegel A year ago, Tim Shaw was a specials-teams standout and linebacker with the Tennessee Titans. This year, he's battling ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis), a debilitating and progressive neurological disease also known as Lou Gehrig's disease. Shaw isn't the first former NFL player to be diagnosed with ALS, but his story has made national headlines, as his statement ...
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  • Can a Football Helmet Detect a Concussion?

    Posted By Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C. || 15-Aug-2014

    By: Allan M. Siegel Yes, four doctoral engineering students at Western Michigan University have created a smart helmet that senses when a potentially concussion causing event occurs. The helmets are fitted with sensors that wirelessly relay information to a smart phone or a laptop in real time. With this technology, coaches and trainers will immediately know when a player should be pulled from the ...
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  • Would You Choose Safety or Looks?

    Posted By Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C. || 11-Aug-2014

    By: Allan M. Siegel On June 21, 2014, Alex Torres broke new ground in the world of baseball helmets. He took the field in a game against the Los Angeles Dodgers wearing a redesigned helmet made specifically for pitchers. Inside the helmet is a 7 ounce protective band that guards the front of the skull from the potential impact of a line drive. Its mushroom-like design extends wide over the ears ...
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