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New Information on Photophobia following TBI

One of the most common symptoms following TBI is photophobia, an intense intolerance to light that can cause significant discomfort, interfere with activities of daily living, and contribute to post traumatic headaches. It...more

Longitudinal Study Finds that Post-Concussion Syndrome (PCS) May Be Permanent

by Downs Rachlin Martin PLLC on

University of Toronto researchers have just published an important longitudinal study following patients with Post-Concussion Syndrome (PCS) based on a diagnosis of concussion in conformity with the international sport...more

“Rest Until Symptom Recovery” May Not be the Best Medicine for Children and Adolescents Recovering from Acute Concussion

by Downs Rachlin Martin PLLC on

In a study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) on December 20, 2016, Canadian researchers found that children and adolescents who returned to exercise within seven days of experiencing a...more

Genetics a Likely Factor in Variability of Outcome Following Concussion

by Downs Rachlin Martin PLLC on

Most experts in traumatic brain injury (TBI) agree that there is a high degree of variability in outcomes after TBI, including concussions (usually characterized as “mild” TBIs – mTBI.) In other words, this injury is...more

Continuing to Play Following Concussion Can Prolong Recovery And Expose Athletes to Catastrophic Second Impact Syndrome

by Downs Rachlin Martin PLLC on

A new study published in the September, 2016 issue of Pediatrics provides evidence that returning to play immediately following a sports related concussion, even without a “second impact” nearly doubles, on average, the...more

WWE Misclassification Lawsuit Claims Performers’ Status as Independent Contractors Caused Long-Term Brain Injuries

Another major sports organization has been hit on the head with a concussion lawsuit. Most recently, former WWE performers claim that they suffered concussions and other head injuries that have resulted in long-term brain...more

The Alarming Statistics Behind TBI

by Howard Ankin on

Traumatic Brain Injuries, long known as a threat to athletes on the playing field also represent a serious threat in auto accidents, so talk to a Chicago accident attorney in the aftermath of a crash....more

The Latest Research on Sports-Related Injuries

by Howard Ankin on

The latest research on sports-related injuries has shown many new developments. First, the CDC found that ER visits in the U.S. have risen by about 60 percent in the past 10 years. About 170,000 youth sports-related brain...more

Concussion May Triple the Risk of Suicide

by Downs Rachlin Martin PLLC on

Researchers at the University of Toronto have released the results of a study of the incidence of suicide in 236,000 concussion patients followed over a 20 year period. The findings, reported in the Canadian Medical...more

You Should Know - February 2016

Litigation Forces NFL to Better Protect Players - Hail to Our Growing Awareness of Traumatic Brain Injury - Will Smith’s portrayal of Dr. Bennet Omalu in the film Concussion has again sparked dialogue about the...more

Protecting Young Players from Head Injuries

by Howard Ankin on

Playing sports is a great way to improve a child’s health and enhance their athletic skill. While competition can be exciting and enjoyable, it can also be rather dangerous. Each year thousands of young players are injured...more

Film shines light on brain injury

by Howard Ankin on

A new movie starring Will Smith is bringing greater focus to the dangers of football and the risk of traumatic brain injury that football players face. The film is the true story of Dr. Bennet Omalu, a pathologist who...more

Header Rules: Class Action Lawsuit Changes Youth Soccer

by Lewitt Hackman on

Recently, the United States Soccer Federation (USSF) and other youth soccer leagues agreed to issue new guidelines, including recommending the banning of “headers” for players under 10, in settlement of a class action lawsuit...more

Brain Injury Lawsuits and High School Athletes

Sports-related brain injuries have been making national news over the last several years as researchers continue to learn more about the long-term effects of concussions and other head traumas. For parents who have kids that...more

UK: Saracens Rugby Club adopts innovative approach to analysing concussion injuries

by DLA Piper on

With the profound and long-lasting medical consequences of concussion becoming increasingly evident, Saracens Rugby Club has joined other sports organisations in adopting measures to protect the health of their players....more

NCAA Faces $50 Million Lawsuit for TBIs: College Athletes Experience Life-Threatening Side Effects from Head Trauma

by The Rothenberg Law Firm LLP on

Over the last several years, sports coaches and athletes have gained an increased awareness that traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) sustained on the field can have serious and life-threatening consequences. Sustaining a...more

New Football Helmet Warning Labels Beg the Question – Do you really want to get your head in the game?

Football helmet companies make attempts to avoid future athletes’ injuries and lawsuits: The topic of traumatic brain injuries (TBI) in sports has recently become a very pressing issue. Most notably, the occurrence of...more

NCAA Concussion Cases – In the News...Again

Brain Disease Probable Factor in Former NCAA Football Player’s Death - The discussion surrounding sport-related concussions in the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) is once again making headlines as a...more

NFL Concussion Lawsuits in Philadelphia

Earlier this month, a federal court in Philadelphia heard arguments about concussions in the National Football League (NFL). More than 4,100 plaintiffs, who are part of 222 consolidated lawsuits, are at the beginning of the...more

Will Liability Insurers Have a Duty to Defend the NFL in Concussion Litigation?

by Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP on

The recent expanse of litigation against the National Football League for concussions and other brain injury related claims contains hall of fame names and headline worthy accusations of failed safety measures. The bigger...more

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