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A jury in New Jersey awarded a young woman and her family $17 million over an incident that caused her to be permanently brain damaged. The verdict came on the heels of a six-week jury trial. At the age of seven, Kelsey Heaney was admitted to Jersey Shore University Medical Center for pneumonia according to […]
A $20 million lawsuit has been filed against North Clackamas School District by a former Milwaukie High School cheerleader who claims she suffered brain damage when she fell in a cheer stunt and hit her head on a floor mat. Alexis Lisle, now 16 years old, was held at shoulder height by four teammates when she fell backwards and hit a mat. The lawsuit claims […]
I have been closely following the research on traumatic brain injuries in NFL players. Consequently, I am not surprised but still very alarmed by the details of a new study by the American Academy of Neurology. It shows what has long been suspected: former NFL players are four times as likely to die of brain diseases […]
"This gladiator mentality may have allowed the NFL to generate enormous profits, but it has left its players with serious life-altering injuries, including various degrees of brain damage," – excerpt from complaint To date, more than 1,000 former NFL players are suing the league. Some of the plaintiffs claim that the NFL had knowledge […]
Traumatic brain injuries affected more than 155,000 men and women in uniform in just the past decade. Brain trauma can be very hard to diagnose, since the victim may not exhibit external signs of injury, and detecting equipment like CT scanners are not always readily available. ProPublica reports the advance of two potential solutions on […]
David Duerson was a former Chicago Bears safety who committed suicide in February. He left a note behind requesting that his brain be studied for evidence of chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), a dementia-like brain disease afflicting athletes exposed to repeated brain trauma. This month, scientists announced that Duerson's brain tissue showed evidence of CTE. That […]
As the football playoffs get underway, it behooves us to take note of the increasing publicity surrounding concussion injury among football players. Researchers from the University of North Carolina released the results of a groundbreaking study of concussion risk among football players in the December 2007 issue of Neurosurgery. The researchers had outfitted college football […]