Local Law Firm Represents 200 NFL Players with Lawsuits – Now Helping Students
Local Law Firm Represents 200 NFL Players with Concussion Lawsuits – Now Helps Students
HERNANDO – Playing sports in high school can be some of the greatest memories a student-athlete can make in their entire life. Now what if I told you, some of those memories might not be remembered? Concussions are a taboo word among athletes, but the present threat of them loom over every athletic contest.
According to the American Sports Journal of Medicine, the concussion rate of a high school athlete went from .23 (2005) to .51 (2012) per every 1,000 exposures (practice or games).
While that may not seem too alarming, take into account that in 2009, across all sports, there were 250,000 concussions reported into emergency rooms around the country. That doesn’t take into account all the untreated ones that never go reported.
However, the dramatic increase in the study could be a result of increased awareness. With all the funding going into injury prevention at the high school level, more coaches and trainers are aware of the early signs and warnings of a head injury and can properly respond.
Long-time RNRF sponsors, James Holliday and Theodore Karatinos of the Holliday Karatinos Law Firm, have represented over 200 professional football players pursue lawsuit against the NFL, over the lack of treatment for concussions and the ramifications of severe brain injuries.
Concussions are not the only injury that can harm athletes, Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE) is a result of sustaining multiple concussions and can have serious, if not fatal, ramifications including memory loss, aggression, impaired judgement, depression progressive dementia, general confusion and impulse control issues.
Holliday Karatinos believe the best way to really drive the point home and get significant change is through discussion.
That discussion comes in the form of a scholarship opportunity, presented by the law firm with the following essay question:
Do you think that there is enough emphasis on safety in sports to prevent concussions? What do you think we should do to curb concussions in high school athletics?
Out of a prize pool of $4,500 there will be three winners selected based on the each high school senior’s one-page, 600 word essay.
The Law Firm feels that giving the students a topic they can do research on and formulate an opinion can help further discussion, especially when the issue is so close to home.
The essay will allow students to reflect on some areas their respective schools might be excelling in, but also shed light on some areas that need improvement in terms of player safety.
The winning essay will take home a $2,500 scholarship while second and third place will take home $1,500 and $500 respectively. For all the rules and regulations of the scholarship, you can click on the link below.
Submissions close April 1, 2016, and for full rules and details please visit their website or the following link: