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New York Daily News: Study Shows NFL Players with Low Blood Flow to Brain, Results May Help Improve Treatment for Head Injuries

Michael Kaplen was interviewed in this article by the New York Daily News entitled “Study shows NFL players with low blood flow to brain, results may help improve treatment for head injuries“. The study will be published in the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease.

Michael Kaplen, a New York attorney who specializes in brain injury lawsuits and who has lambasted the NFL concussion settlement, told the Daily News that such studies or press releases should be viewed with a measure of caution. The concussion/brain trauma/football issue is “big business,” said Kaplen.

“Everybody is trying to make money off of these poor guys,” Kaplen added. “It’s just unfortunate. Everyone is looking for a miracle cure. There is no such thing.”

According to the study, “the decreased blood flow in six regions of the brain was the most important in determining who had football-related health trauma.

“These same regions function in memory, mood, and learning. When damaged, they can produce cognitive and psychiatric problems as evidenced by the fact that 83 percent of players in this study had memory problems and 29 percent had a history of depression.”

Kaplen, however, said that in his experience working on brain injury lawsuits and researching medical data related to these types of injuries, “the brain is a very unique organ.

“The brain takes charge of everything else, and by that, I mean that it will rob any other organ of oxygen that it needs to survive,” said Kaplen. “If the brain is not getting enough oxygen, it will increase blood pressure to force more oxygen to the brain. That’s why (the study) doesn’t make sense to me.”

 

New York Daily News: Appeals Court Upholds NFL’s $1 Billion Concussion Settlement

Michael Kaplen was interviewed in this article by the New York Daily News entitled “Appeals court upholds NFL’s $1 billion concussion settlement“.

Attorney Michael Kaplen, who filed an amicus brief opposing the settlement on behalf of the Brain Injury Association of America, says “it’s not over until it’s over.”
“One of the problems with this settlement is it precludes players from putting the executives of the NFL under oath and doing other discovery to find the truth about their deceitful conduct,” Kaplen tells the Daily News.

Kaplen, who teaches a course on brain injury litigation at The George Washington University Law School, predicts there will be “hell to pay” when former players and their families get payouts that are more limited than what they expected.

“My prediction is when the players themselves understand that most of the players will get nothing, and even those that get something will get a lot less than they think they will, there’s going to be a revolution,” Kaplen says.

New York Times: Appeals Court Affirms Landmark N.F.L. Concussion Settlement

Michael Kaplen was interviewed in this article by the New York Times entitled “Appeals Court Affirms Landmark N.F.L. Concussion Settlement

“They didn’t say this was a good settlement, they said it was a reasonable settlement that was reached,” said Michael Kaplen, a plaintiffs’ lawyer who specializes in cases of head trauma, and a frequent critic of the settlement. “They don’t care that large numbers of players weren’t compensated, only that this was the best deal that their lawyers could make.”

Mr. Kaplen, the critic of the deal, said he did not expect the league to willingly broaden the boundaries of who would be eligible for an award.

“It’s foolhardy,” he said. “Do you think the N.F.L. is going to open their wallet in 10 years? Experience tells you it’s not going to happen.”

New York Daily News: Lawyer Says $765M NFL Settlement Should Be Invalidated

Michael Kaplen was interviewed in this article by the New York Daily News Lawyer Says $765M NFL Settlement Should Be Invalidated:

Kaplen says Thursday’s report in The New York Times, which identified more than 100 diagnosed concussions from 1996-2001 that were omitted from studies, should invalidate the league’s $765-million settlement with a group of former players. That settlement currently awaits approval from a federal appeals court.

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Book Review: Rights Come to Mind: Brain Injury, Ethics, and the Struggle for Consciousness

Shana De Caro authored a book review of Joseph Fins’ Rights Come to Mind: Brain Injury, Ethics, and the Struggle for Consciousness which appeared in the March 2016 issue of Trial Magazine. The book is about patient’s rights and ethical issues for families following impaired consciousness, coma.

Ms. De Caro writes:

Rights Come to Mind: Brain Injury, Ethics, and the Struggle for Consciousness is a fascinating discussion of the serious issues confronting people with impaired consciousness. Joseph Fins’ focus on the family’s perspective is illuminating, as he presents issues lawyers often overlook–the complex problems and decisions patients’ families struggle with. He writes that “the bereavement of brain injury families can last forever.”

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