New York Brain Injury Attorney Michael V. Kaplen Lectures to National Audience of Legal Professionals on Sports Concussion Management and the Condemnable Conduct of the NFL

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Brain injury lawyer Michael V. Kaplen highlights the need for comprehensive sports concussion management legislation. He particularly characterizes the conduct of the NFL in its protection of players as a national disgrace.

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Kaplen called Dr. Ira Casson “Dr. No” for his refusal to acknowledge the long term effects of head and brain trauma and his refusal to acknowledge that a concussion is a brain injury.

Nationally recognized brain injury attorney Michael V. Kaplen, senior partner in the New York brain injury law firm De Caro & Kaplen, LLP, has just returned from the 12th annual North American Brain Injury Society (NABIS) legal symposium. Kaplen was invited as a guest lecturer at the event, and in his speech focused particularly on the need for more stringent sports concussion management legislation. He singled out the National Football League in particular for the unsatisfactory protection of its players and its fraudulent and misleading statements regarding the risk of concussions.

Kaplen has been invited to speak each year at this annual meeting of brain injury medical and legal professionals since its founding in 2000. Kaplen, a national legal authority on sports concussion management and past chair of the American Association for Justice, Traumatic Brain Injury Litigation Group lectured on the legal implications of the current wave of lawsuits against the NFL and reviewed state-based sports concussion management legislation.

A leading legal advocate for the rights of persons suffering from a traumatic brain injury, Kaplen especially noted that the NFL has consistently failed to protect players from the effects of head trauma, and labeled the league’s conduct as a national disgrace. In reviewing statements made by Dr. Ira Casson, the NFL’s former chair of its mild traumatic brain injury committee, Kaplen called him “Dr. No” for his refusal to publicly acknowledge the long-term effects of head and brain trauma and even the basic fact that a concussion is a brain injury. Kaplen said he was appalled by the lack of candor on the part of Dr. Casson, especially in light of longstanding medical understanding of concussions and traumatic brain damage.

In reviewing state legislative concussion management initiatives, Kaplen called for further legislation that would mandate pre-season neuropsychological testing of all players, including students involved in any sporting activity on school or government property. Kaplen also believes that legislation should require that school medical records include a concussion history, that schools should be required to have a plan in place for educational restrictions on a student’s return to the classroom, and that schools should make funds available for traumatic brain injury rehabilitation services if needed.

New York-based brain injury advocate Michael V. Kaplen is the past president of the Brain Injury Association of New York State and past chair of the Traumatic Brain Injury Litigation Group of the American Association for Justice. He currently chairs the New York State Traumatic Brain Injury Services Coordinating Council. His New York-based brain injury law firm, De Caro & Kaplen, LLP concentrates its practice on legal representation of victims of head and brain injury caused by motor vehicle accidents, bus and truck crashes, construction site safety violations, unsafe buildings, and brain injury caused by medical and hospital malpractice. Kaplen publishes a brain injury blog, http://www.BrainInjury.Blogs.com, where readers can find the latest news and information on traumatic brain injury. His law firm is accessible online at http://www.BrainLaw.com. Kaplen can also be reached toll-free at 1-866-272-4652.

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