Michigan Court Rules on Youth Sports Concussion Liability

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A recent Michigan Court of Appeals ruling represents a major victory regarding the rights of youth athletes throughout Michigan. In a unanimous ruling in the case of  Randall v MHSAA, the Michigan Court of Appeals held that youth sports leagues that violate Michigan’s Youth Concussion Protection Statute by failing to take adequate measures in response to a suspected concussion can be subject to civil liability. This development in youth sports concussion liability is a big win for Michigan kids, providing strong protection against negligence. Youth Sports Concussion Awareness Grows Over the past several decades, American athletes and fans alike have become more...

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Car Accident PTSD – Symptoms, Treatment, Resources

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Michigan personal injury attorney, Steve Weston, has dedicated his more than thirty-year career to advocating for and working with victims of catastrophic injuries and trauma. He is an attorney who takes his practice further than the courtroom. He actively engages in his client's recovery and care post-accident. As part of this unique care team, he understands the life-changing emotional toll that often accompanies such injuries. Because of this, he has done extensive research on the connection between injuries and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). In a recently published article regarding PTSD on BestLawyers.com, Weston explains that Post Traumatic Stress Disorder is...

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Brain Injury Association of Michigan (BIAMI) Elects Tom Sinas as Secretary of the Board of Directors

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On June 11, 2018, the Brain Injury Association of Michigan (BIAMI) announced its election of Tom Sinas as Secretary of the Board of Directors. As a Grand Rapids personal injury attorney, his experience skillfully working with and steadfastly representing the brain injured make him an ideal candidate for this role. Brain Injury Association of Michigan President, Tom Constand, says of Sinas's election as BIAMI Secretary, “Tom's willingness to join the Board as Secretary is a coup for the Association. His long involvement with BIAMI, vast professional knowledge and personal experience representing brain injury survivors and their families, and commitment to the benefits...

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Tom Sinas Receives Brain Injury Prevention Award From BIAMI

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Grand Rapids personal injury lawyer Tom Sinas has received the "Prevention Award," given annually by the Brain Injury Association of Michigan (BIAMI). The “Prevention Award” is presented to an individual or organization that has made the greatest single impact on promoting brain injury prevention programs and/or activities during the year. Tom received the award during the BIAMI’s annual meeting on May 7, 2016. The award recognizes his commitment to educating the public on preventing brain injuries, particularly head injuries in children, as well as his service on the BIAMI Board of Directors. Tom, who manages the Sinas Dramis Law Firm's West Michigan office,...

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Children, Football, and the Age of Consent

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Concussion researcher raises interesting point about children, football, and consent Individuals must reach a certain age before they can legally consent to participating or otherwise engaging in a number of activities, ranging from buying cigarettes, joining the military, to exercising the right to vote. But what about participation in sports, specifically those that lend themselves to frequent, violent contact, i.e., football, or rugby, to name a couple of examples? Should children give their consent to play those sports, and thus assume the risk of suffering potentially life-changing brain injury, including concussions? Should those who participate be of a certain age so...

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Concussion NFL Movie Opens on Christmas Day – Will you see it?

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Concussion Film about NFL and brain injuries suffered by professional football players contributes to the debate As you many know, brain injuries, specifically concussions, have been an important topic of conversation in the world of professional football in the United States, especially in recent years. With stories about retired NFL players committing suicide or otherwise suffering from debilitating brain injury as a result of repeated head trauma, Concussion, a movie about this very issue starring Will Smith, is very timely. [caption id="attachment_4044" align="alignright" width="300"] Photo Credit: Forbes.com[/caption] Concussion, which opens on Christmas Day, details the discoveries made by Dr. Bennet Omalu, connecting football and the...

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Steve Sinas Joins Brain Injury Organization Board

Lansing personal injury lawyer is elected to board of the Michigan Brain Injury Provider Council Please help us congratulate Steve Sinas on his election to the Michigan Brain Injury Provider Council (MBIPC) board! Established in 1987, MBIPC is an organization that brings together a number of organizations across the state who are interested in one thing: making our state a better place for brain injury survivors and their families. Many of the members of the MBIPC are providers who serve the brain injury community in a number of ways. Serving on the leadership of the MBIPC is just another way Steve gives...

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