Hurricane Victims

The Atlantic Ocean Is Producing More Intense Storms

People that live in and around the Gulf of Mexico are no strangers to the storms that come ashore every hurricane season. Although there are steps people can take to prepare for some of these storms, others will cause devastation regardless of preparation. This was the case for both Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Maria which devastated the Texas coast and the island of Puerto Rico in 2017. Unfortunately, scientists believe storms like these are going to increase in number in the near future.

Researchers from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) recently published a study that found the Atlantic Ocean is producing more intense storms than previous years. Researchers looked at the rapid intensification of hurricanes and storms in the Atlantic and found that over the past few years, storms have been intensifying at much quicker rates. The study listed examples such as Hurricane Michael (2018) that intensified from a Category 1 Hurricane to a Category 4 in only 24 hours time.

These quickly intensifying storms are dangerous for several reasons. First of all, they are extremely powerful. While many storms or hurricanes lessen in strength as they approach land, the rapidly intensifying storms occurring in the Atlantic are yielding hurricanes that don’t lose as much strength when approaching landfall. By the time these storms make landfall, they can have higher wind speeds and cause more damage.

Quickly intensifying storms are also dangerous because they don’t give people in the path of the storm enough time to prepare or evacuate. Because predicting the path of a hurricane is extremely difficult, quickly intensifying storms compound the problem and pose a huge threat to anyone in the path of the storm.

Effects of Catastrophic Storms

The U.S. will see more rapidly intensifying storms and hurricanes in the years to come, which will likely be catastrophic for anyone along the Gulf and Atlantic Coasts. It’s been over a year since Hurricane Maria and Hurricane Harvey struck, but much of the areas affected by these storms are still struggling to recover.

Insurance companies refusing to pay out on valid claims have slowed down recovery in Puerto Rico. In Texas, many homeowners and property owners are trying to hold the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers accountable for flooding their homes as a result of the Addicks and Barker reservoirs dam releases in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey.

Helping Hurricane Victims

More intense storms means more property owners are going to face hurricane damage and potentially dishonest insurance companies. Raizner Law is helping hurricane victims rebuild by getting them the full compensation they deserve. Contact us today to see how we can help.

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Neck-Strengthening Exercises May Lessen Concussions, But Many Players Already Suffering

Thousands of former football players across the country are suffering from a variety of neurological symptoms. Their time playing football exposed them to repeated concussions that are causing long-term damage to their brains. Now, researchers believe they may have found a way to lessen the severity of concussion symptoms and to help prevent damage in future generations.

A new study published in the Journal of Orthopaedic and Sports Physical Therapy found neck size and strength impacted one’s concussion risk. According to researchers, necks with strong muscles that are aligned in a forward posture can actually reduce the impact on the brain during a concussion. Effectively, stronger necks could be able to absorb more energy from a hit, which could lessen the amount of force taken to the head.

Lead author Allison Brown, an assistant professor at the Rutgers University School of Health Professions, stated “We have identified neck strength, size, and posture as potential factors that reduce risk by lessening the magnitude of force upon impact. Thus, increasing neck strength and possibly size could substantially reduce risk or severity of injury or outcomes.”

New Research Comes Too Late

While neck-strengthening exercises might be able to protect future athletes, this new finding comes far too late for many college football players. Organizations like the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) have known for decades that repeated concussions sustained during games could cause players long-term damage; however, no protocols were put in place to protect players or to educate them about the dangers of concussions.

While nothing can undo the damage caused by concussions, former collegiate football players are seeking to hold the NCAA accountable for failing to protect them. Hundreds of lawsuits have been filed against the NCAA alleging they put profits before players by failing to implement appropriate concussion protocols.

Concussion Lawsuit Attorneys

If you played football for an NCAA regulated team, you may be able to file a civil lawsuit to obtain compensation for injuries caused by concussions. Contact the concussion lawsuit attorneys at Raizner Law today for a free consultation to discuss your case. We offer free consultations and we only work on a contingency fee basis, meaning there is no upfront cost for working with us, and you won’t owe us anything unless we help you obtain compensation.

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Disaster Relief Funds In Jeopardy As President Looks To Fund Border Wall

Now that President Donald Trump has declared a national emergency at the southern border, many natural disaster victims are worried their recovery funds will be used on a border wall. Americans affected by Hurricane Maria are still struggling to rebuild over a year after the storm. Taking away natural disaster aid could bring recovery to a complete halt.

President Trump initially asked for $5.7 billion from Congress to cover the cost of building a wall, but when it was clear Congress would not give him the funds, he declared a national emergency. By declaring a national emergency, President Trump can reallocate certain funds to address the emergency. So far, it’s unclear exactly where the funds will come from and what programs might be cut to cover the cost of the border wall. Victims of the California wildfires and Puerto Ricans are rightfully nervous that Trump will dip into their federal recovery aid. Reports previously stated the President intended to use some of FEMA’s disaster recovery aid to cover the cost of building the wall.

A Slow Recovery

Although Puerto Rico is no stranger to strong storms, Hurricane Maria proved to be an extremely devastating storm. Hurricane Maria caused substantial damage to the island’s power grid, which crippled communications in the aftermath of the storm. Additionally, the storm damaged much of the island’s infrastructure, including roads and bridges, which made it difficult to distribute aid.

Although the island’s electricity has long since been restored and roads have been cleared, much of Puerto Rico is still in limbo waiting for insurance payments to make repairs on buildings. Unfortunately, the insurance market in Puerto Rico is dominated by foreign reinsurers who are not eager to pay out on claims. This has dramatically slowed down recovery.

Get Help With Hurricane Maria Claims

Hurricane Maria victims should not have to endure bad faith tactics used by insurance companies to avoid paying out on valid claims. If your Hurricane Maria claim is being delayed, underpaid, or outright denied, contact the Hurricane Maria lawyers at Raizner Law today for a free consultation to see how we can help.

NCAA Lawsuits

Legendary Broadcaster Bob Costas Removed From Super Bowl Broadcast For Comments On Concussions

Legendary sports broadcaster Bob Costas has had an exemplary career. Back in 2017, Mr. Costas was ready to wrap up his career in football broadcasting with NBC during the Super Bowl; however, he was pulled from the broadcast at the last minute. He has spoken out, claiming he was pulled from the Super Bowl for comments made about the connection between concussions sustained while playing football and long-term side effects.

In his lengthy career, Mr. Costas has hosted Sunday Night Football, Super Bowls, Olympic Games, World Series, NBA Finals, and Triple Crown horse races, among others; however, he is not able to list hosting the 2017 Super Bowl among his accomplishments. Three months prior to the 2017 Super Bowl, Mr. Costas was at an event in Maryland where he discussed the growing concerns about brain injuries related to football. While at the event, he stated, “The issue that is most substantial — the existential issue — is the nature of football itself. The reality is that this game destroys people’s brains.”

This is not news to the public or the National Football League (NFL). Evidence of a link between concussions sustained while playing football and long-term neurological conditions has existed for decades, and the past few years have seen public outcry over the sport. Mr. Costas went on to say, “I certainly would not let, if I had an athletically gifted 12- or 13-year-old son, I would not let him play football.” These comments obtained quite a bit of media attention and just days later, NBC executives told him he “crossed the line” and pulled him from the 2017 Super Bowl.

Because professional football draws such a huge crowd to TV screens, NBC makes millions of dollars in advertising during televised NFL games. So it’s no surprise that any comments about concussions and football led to an immediate reaction. The NFL has been pulling stunts like this for decades. It took many years for the broader public to be made aware of the dangers of football because the NFL and other sports organizations like the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) worked hard to stifle criticism.

Sports organizations could only keep the dangers of concussions under wraps for so long. The NFL has faced thousands of lawsuits from former players who have suffered the long-term effects of concussions. While the NFL has settled these lawsuits, the NCAA is still facing thousands of concussion lawsuits.

NCAA Lawsuits

If you played for an NCAA regulated team before 2010, you may be able to file an NCAA concussion lawsuit. Contact the NCAA concussion lawyers at Raizner Law today for a free consultation to discuss your legal options.

NCAA Concussion Lawsuits

Raizner Law Files Hundreds of Additional NCAA Concussion Lawsuits

Raizner Law has recently filed over two hundred additional lawsuits on behalf of former collegiate football players against the National Collegiate Athletic Association or NCAA. Players allege the NCAA did not educate them about the long-term effects of concussions sustained during play and failed to implement safety protocols that could have lessened the effects.

The lawsuits were filed in the Southern District of Indiana, where over 100 lawsuits have already been filed. Many of the plaintiffs involved haven’t been on the football field in years, but the effects of their time playing for universities continue to affect their lives. When a person sustains a concussive or sub-concussive hit, brain cells die. Anytime a brain cell dies, it releases a protein called a Tau protein (or T-protein) that can cause further cell death. Repeated impacts to the head cause a build up of T-proteins in the brain, which continue to destroy brain cells as the individual begins to suffer neurological impairment.

Unfortunately, there is no way to stop or slow down this process. The damage caused by repeated football concussions can lead to a wide variety of neurological conditions, like Alzheimer’s, Dementia, Parkinson’s, and ALS, among others. While these conditions develop over time, many former football players report experiencing anxiety, depression, mood swings, concentration problems, and poor memory just years after they’ve left the game.

Research on the effects of repeated concussions began in the 1920s with boxers who would suffer from “punch drunk syndrome.” Throughout the twentieth century, advances in medicine have helped physicians understand exactly what goes inside the head during and after a concussion. Unfortunately, medicine has not advanced far enough to completely and successfully treat neurological conditions caused by repeated concussions.

The NCAA is charged with overseeing and protecting the health and well being of over 300,000 student athletes. For years, the NCAA chose profits over players by failing to implement concussion protocols to protect college footballers. The NCAA has no right to make millions in profits each year off of college athletes who are sustaining permanent health damage.

Get Help With Your NCAA Concussion Lawsuit

Raizner Law is proud to help former collegiate athletes hold the NCAA responsible for their recklessness. Get help with your NCAA concussion lawsuit today by contacting us for a free consultation.

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Former Cornerback Files Concussion Lawsuit Against the NCAA

Raizner Law has filed a lawsuit on behalf of a former Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) football player against the National Collegiate Athletic Association for allegedly failing to protect him from the long-term effects of concussions. Our plaintiff played as a cornerback in 1999, but continues to suffer from neurological impairments to this day.

Since the inception of WPI’s football program through at least 2010, there were no adequate concussion management protocols or policies in place to address and treat concussions sustained by student athletes during practice and in games. When our client experienced a significant head injury or concussion, he would be quickly returned to the field of play or only be taken out of the game for an inadequate amount of time. During his time playing college football for WPI, our client sustained many impacts to the head. As a result, he currently suffers from depression, memory loss, and suicidal thoughts, among other mental issues.

Although the NCAA knew about the long-term effects of concussions, they kept the public and players in the dark and continued to profit off of college football players. Raizner Law is seeking compensation on our client’s behalf to cover the cost of past and future medical expenses, other out of pocket expenses, lost time and interest, and lost future earnings. While no amount of money can reverse the brain damage our client has suffered, it will help hold the NCAA accountable for its actions.

Thousands of Players Affected

Evidence linking concussions to long-term neurological impairment has existed for decades. Despite being charged with safeguarding the wellbeing of its student athletes, the NCAA did nothing to educate or protect college football players from the dangerous and lasting side effects of being hit while playing football. There have been thousands of collegiate football players over the past few decades, and according to a study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, 91% of former collegiate football players were diagnosed post-mortem with Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy or CTE. CTE is a degenerative brain disease caused by repeated impacts to the head.

Learn Your Rights Today

Former collegiate football players do not have to suffer in silence. Raizner Law is representing dozens of former NCAA football players and we can help you too. Contact us today to schedule a free consultation with one of our attorneys.