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Why Is the TBI Reauthorization Act Important?

Posted on September 14, 2014 by Doehrman Chamberlain

After the House of Representatives unanimously passed H.R. 1098, the Traumatic Brain Injury Reauthorization Act (TBIRA) now heads to the Senate for approval. The Huffington Post says TBIRA is important because “(it) provides the needed framework for a national, coordinated approach to assist those with TBI and their families, to ensure that states have the capacity to deliver services to those affected by TBI, and to continue research into the causes of TBI and effective interventions.” Although Congress is usually in gridlock over most issues, it is wonderful to see Republicans and Democrats in the House come together to pass TBIRA. Is the Traumatic Brain Injury Reauthorization Act Different from the Original Act? According to the Brain Injury Association of America (BIAA), the TBI Act was enacted in 1996. The federal law permitted the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to do the following: Conduct research Public educational…
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Have Soccer Organizations Negligently Handled Brain Injuries?

Posted on September 12, 2014 by Doehrman Chamberlain

A class-action lawsuit filed in the United States District Court in California alleges that FIFA (soccer’s international governing body) and other American soccer organizations have been negligent in monitoring and treating brain injuries, says The New York Times. The plaintiffs request rule changes that would help reduce and properly treat concussions, such as: Limiting the number of headers for children less than 17 years old. Additionally, the lawsuit wants professional leagues to allow temporary substitutions while a player is examined for a possible brain injury. Currently, professional soccer only allows three substitutions per game. The team must play a man down while a player is being assessed for a concussion, unless they want to permanently substitute that player out. The lawsuit wants concussion testing to be available for players that have played since 2002. Many in the legal community question whether this lawsuit will be successful against FIFA since the…
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We Will Never Forget 9/11

Posted on September 11, 2014 by Doehrman Chamberlain

Tom Doehrman and Dan Buba would like to express our sincere condolences to those families that lost a loved one on 9/11. Although it is 13 years after the horrors of that day, our nation will always remember those lives that were cut short. Doehrman Buba – Indianapolis brain injury lawyers