Our newest issue of Living Safer magazine is titled “Hard Hitting,” and it’s all about the latest research and our country’s new awareness about concussions. If you play sports, you have a student athlete in the house, or you’re a fan, you know how the emergence of brain injury research has changed the way we look at sports.
Before Anapol Weiss filed the first lawsuit that ultimately became the national NFL concussion litigation, few people talked about the long-term impact of brain injuries in the context of football and other contact sports. But we soon learned about the grave implications of chronic traumatic encephalopathy, or CTE, a degenerative brain disease found in people with repetitive head trauma. As it became a hotter topic in schools, homes, and in the media, people realized that protecting athletes, especially young ones, is of paramount importance. We are proud that this issue of Living Safer contains a focus on CTE and the new awareness surrounding concussions, specifically when it comes to sports. The more we know, the better we can save future generations of athletes from debilitating side effects.
Also inside this issue are articles covering the following topics (and more):
- Is CTE genetic?
- A timeline of the NFL’s connection to brain injury
- Technology to help prevent sports injuries
- Financial New Year’s resolutions
- Tips for traveling alone
- Beating the “winter blues”
On page 24, I delve into the topic of financial planning for a loved one with a brain injury. As with all types of catastrophic injury, the healing process typically consumes the totality of a family’s time and resources. The first step in this situation, I explain, is realizing that you will likely need assistance from someone you trust. There are then a few subsequent considerations, which I lay out in this article.
I hope you find this issue of Living Safer insightful. As always, feel free to pass it along to others.
A West Point graduate where he served as captain and military aviator, John Bair continues his commitment to our country through his efforts within the settlement planning industry. He has represented families of victims lost in the Flight 3407 crash, offered pro bono services to the families of 9/11 victims and drafted the first consumer protection bill for plaintiffs (H.R. 3699).