After 5,000 retired football players chose to sue the NFL, claiming that they hid the harmful effects of concussions from their players, George Washington University decided to create the first course devoted to the “legal implications of traumatic brain injuries.” The professor for the course is Michael Kaplen, a plaintiffs’ lawyer who has two decades of experience dealing with traumatic brain injuries. He says that since the public is so uneducated on the issue, the task falls to the lawyer to inform the client about most aspects of their injury.
“The legal profession becomes, in one way or another, the champion because nobody else is there to do it. The lawyer has to become the doctor, has to become the social worker, has to become the neuroscientist and put that together for the individual.”
The course covers a broad variety of topics, from anatomy of the brain, to the admissibility of testimony in court and the social implications of individuals living with a brain injury. Kaplen also addresses the issue of liability in his course. Since no one forced the players to play, do they assume liability for their own injuries? Does the NFL, as an organization that is all too aware of the physical toll the game takes on players, have a responsibility to provide treatment for those players? At the very least, should they be responsible for educating players on the full extent of the dangers they face on the field? While the course is based around injuries sustained in football, it addresses the growing need for a broader education about traumatic brain injury overall, especially for lawyers.
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