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Brain Injury in Sports & How to Protect Your Child

Published on Jan 17, 2019 at 10:05 am in Brain Injuries.

In the United States, nearly 30 million children and teens, ages five to 14, participate in organized sports or other recreational activities. With so many young people playing sports, it’s no surprise injuries happen; however, it may come as a surprise to know that more than 3.5 million children are injured every year in sports. While contact sports, like football, are inherently more dangerous,
Let’s take a look at some statistics from John Hopkins Medicine, regarding sports injuries and children:

What Is A Contingency Fee?

Published on Feb 24, 2016 at 3:29 pm in 18-Wheeler wreck, Brain Injuries, Car Insurance, Car Wrecks, Consumer Awareness, Wrongful Death.

A contingency fee is a fee charged by an attorney to a client contingent upon the outcome of the matter.  Contingent fees in personal injury and wrongful death cases are allowed in Arkansas if the agreement is in writing and states the method for computing the fee, including the percentage of the fee and how costs will be handled.  See Arkansas Rules of Professional Conduct 1.5(c).

McMath Woods has served injured Arkansans since 1953.  Over the past sixty-three years, we’ve handled many personal injury and wrongful death cases on a contingent basis.  If you or a loved one has been injured and you need to hire an Arkansas lawyer on a contingency fee, please feel free to give us a call at McMath Woods.  

Traffic Law–When to use a child safety seat

Published on Dec 11, 2015 at 4:47 pm in Brain Injuries, Car Wrecks, child safety, safety seat, Uncategorized.

For many parents it is difficult to determine when your child can be restrained with a normal seatbelt. A good starting point is Arkansas Law. Children who are less than 6 years of age and who weigh less than 60 pounds must be restrained in a child passenger safety seat properly secured to your vehicle when traveling. If the child is at least 6 years of age or at least 60 pounds in weight, it is sufficient under the law for the child to be restrained with a properly secured safety belt.  Ark. Code Ann. Sec. 27-34-104.

Concussion Suits Against NFL Consolidated

Published on Jun 12, 2012 at 2:07 pm in Brain Injuries.

More than 80 lawsuits representing approximately 2,000 former NFL players have been consolidated into one master suit accusing the league of hiding information about the risks associated with concussions. According to the suit, the NFL knew for years about the neurological risks associated with football, but only recently implemented policies to help keep players safe. Among those in the suit is the widow of former safety Ray Easterling, who committed suicide in April and suffered from dementia, thought to have been caused by head injuries sustained during his pro career.  https://www.reuters.com/article/2012/06/07/us-usa-nfl-lawsuit-idUSBRE8560TK20120607

Concussions Caused Suicide of NFL Player, Suit Says

Published on Feb 29, 2012 at 8:03 pm in Brain Injuries.

The family of form NFL player Dave Duerson has filed a lawsuit against the league after Duerson took his own life. The lawsuit claims Duerson was led to do so by brain damage he developed from concussions during his time as a player, and the suit says the league knew these types of injuries could occur, but hid the information. The Duerson family is one of nearly 660 retired NFL players suing the league over concussion-related issues. 

NFL Suits Over Concussions Combined in Philly

Published on Feb 6, 2012 at 7:37 pm in Brain Injuries.

Four lawsuits filed against the NFL by current and former players over concussions will be consolidated, a judicial panel ruled this week. The suits, which will be tried in Philadelphia, claim the NFL “deliberately hid critical information about the dangers of concussions and hits to the head.” The New York Times reports there are more than a dozen more suits filed against the NFL with similar claims that may be combined with the current suit. https://fifthdown.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/01/31/four-n-f-l-concussion-lawsuits-consolidated/

NFL Sued by Retired Players for Brain-Injury Monitoring

Published on Dec 27, 2011 at 3:29 pm in Brain Injuries.

It is going to be very interesting to see what becomes of these brain injury lawsuits against the NFL. At the very least, hopefully additional awareness of brain injuries and the causes of brain injuries will be brought to the forefront. https://www.bloomberg.com/news/2011-12-20/ex-nfl-players-sue-league-seeking-medical-monitoring-of-brain-injuries/

Online Media Mislead Readers About Jury Awards, Report Says

Published on Oct 25, 2011 at 9:42 pm in Brain Injuries, Car Wrecks, Consumer Awareness, Environmental, Wrongful Death.

The Center for Justice & Democracy has published a report claiming that digital media has skewed the public’s perception of civil cases by covering only the most sensational, and sometimes frivolous, outcomes. The center’s executive director said that online media’s short bursts of news with quick headlines “commonly emphasize large monetary awards, which do not reflect typical verdicts, and rarely note the misconduct that led to the verdict in the first place.” The report tracked news over an 80-day period, finding verdicts reported on were 192 times higher than the national average of damages awarded. https://www.fairwarning.org/2011/10/online-media-mislead-readers-about-jury-awards-report-says/

Former NFL Players File Suit over Concussions

Published on Aug 25, 2011 at 3:03 pm in Brain Injuries.

Former NFL quarterback Jim McMahon and six other former players have filed a lawsuit against the National Football League over concussions suffered in game play. The suit claims the league “instructed players to hit with their heads, failed to properly treat them for concussions and concealed links between football and severe brain injuries for decades.” The class-action lawsuit said NFL officials had knowledge about the negative effects of concussions on players for decades, but only revealed that information last year. Carter Stein

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