Lawyer Kaplen: NFL Still Needs to Come Clean on Player Concussions

Wednesday, 11 Jun 2014 11:17 PM

By Sean Piccoli

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The National Football League has "a long way to go" to atone for its treatment of players devastated by concussions, a lawyer specializing in traumatic brain injury told Newsmax TV on Wednesday. 

Michael Kaplen, who also writes at braininjury.blogs.com, told "Midpoint" host Ed Berliner that a federal judge was correct to reject — twice — the league's proposal to settle all head injury claims for $765 million. 

U.S. District Judge Anita Brody said in April that she doubted whether the amount offered would cover the league's true liability. 

Kaplen said there's also the matter of requiring the NFL to tell all. 

"If this settlement is approved without discovery," he said, "then what the NFL knew and when they knew it will never see the light of day."

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He said the league is making needed changes: more active, independent monitoring of games for collisions that could cause injuries; more recovery time for concussed players; and more mandatory medical testing of for after-effects before players are cleared to return to the gridiron.

But Kaplen said the league's past conduct needs to be fully documented.

"They, for years … misrepresented to the players, to the public at large, the dangers of concussions," he said. "They misrepresented the medical research …They gave their players false and misleading information concerning the risk of concussions and when it was safe to return to the game."

"Without question, football is a concussion delivery system," said Kaplen. "This has been known for years by the NFL."

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