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New York Daily News: Woman files suit against golfer whose airborne club allegedly fractured her face

Michael Kaplen was quoted in this article by the New York Daily News, entitled Woman files suit against golfer whose airborne club allegedly fractured her face.

“It’s my understanding that he wasn’t happy with his golfing that day and he let the club swing right out of his hand,” Kaplen said. “He says, ‘Godd—-t, I’m not having a good day.”

“It was a reckless and stupid thing to do, and unfortunately an innocent victim got hurt,” Kaplen added.

“It is improper, impermissible, dangerous, negligent, careless, reckless, and/or contrary to the usual and customary rules of golf for a participant in a golf game to throw, let go of, lose, release, and/or otherwise cause a golf club to fly out of his hands and be launched into the air,” the suit says.

“He did not have the requisite skill, knowledge, training, education to play golf on a public golf course.”

Michael was also quoted in this New York post article on the same story:

“The gentleman we’re suing wasn’t particularly pleased with his performance,” Touhey’s attorney Michael Kaplen said, in a gross understatement.

“On the golf course when you get aggravated you don’t punch the table or kick the ball, you swing your club out of frustration, and he swung it and it released out of his arm and unfortunately into the face of Mary Touhey,” Kaplen said.

New York Daily News: The Brains In Football: Meet the doctors trying to solve NFL’s CTE issue

Michael Kaplen was quoted in this article by the New York Daily News, entitled The Brains In Football: Meet the doctors trying to solve NFL’s CTE issue

“Football is a concussion-delivery system. You cannot make it safe because after any hit, the brain is moving within the skull,” says Kaplen. “There is no such thing as safe tackling. This whole focus on CTE — while troubling in terms of the nature of the disease — is misdirected in terms of the problem. The problem is repetitive head trauma, where CTE is one of many end results. Repetitive hits cause brain damage.”

New York Times: Lender Deceived Ailing N.F.L. Retirees

Michael Kaplen was quoted in this article by The New York Times entitled Lender Deceived Ailing N.F.L. Retirees, Suit Claims.

“I’m concerned about injured players being victimized again by unscrupulous money lenders posing as concerned friends,” said Michael Kaplen, a lawyer and a former chairman of the New York State Traumatic Brain Injury Services Coordinating Council. “Protections need to be put in place by their attorneys, who purportedly are representing their interests.”

New York Daily News: Supreme Court ruling paves way for NFL retirees to receive concussion benefits

Michael Kaplen was mentioned in this article by The New York Daily News entitled Supreme Court ruling paves way for NFL retirees to receive concussion benefits.

“It wasn’t unexpected,” Michael Kaplen, the past president of the Brain Injury Association of New York and an attorney specializing in brain injury cases, said of the Supreme Court’s decision. “But what you will see is players realizing they are not going to receive anything. Their lawyers are going to have to explain how their clients were hoodwinked into thinking this was such a great settlement.”

One of the problems of the settlement, Kaplen says, is that if an NFL player is diagnosed with the crippling, degenerative brain disease, chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), after the date of the settlement, he would not be entitled to benefits. “They will get nothing,” said Kaplen. “There is going to be a revolution when guys realize they’re getting nothing. It will be interesting to watch the claims resolution process. It’s stacked against these players.”

The Washington Post: Trump knocks ‘softer’ NFL rules

Michael Kaplen was mentioned in this article by The Washington Post entitled Trump knocks ‘softer’ NFL rules: ‘Concussions — ‘Uh oh, got a little ding on the head?’.

George Washington University Law School’s Michael V. Kaplen, who specializes in the legal issues surrounding brain injury, told the New York Daily News that Trump’s dismissal of the concussion protocol “demeans and disparages people with brain injuries.” Each year, 2 million people in the United States suffer from a brain injury, he said.

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