Brain Injury Legislation

United States Representative, Pat Meehan (R-7) of Upper Darby, recently discussed legislation that would benefit children with traumatic brain injuries through a seven-year initiative known as the National Pediatric Acquired Brain Injury Plan.
 Meehan said the legislation is important because the human brain develops until age 25 and traumatic brain injuries can occur as a result of several incidents, such as athletic activity and wartime combat.

Continue Reading New Legislation Fights to Aid Children with Brain Injuries

On May 11, 2011, Representative Todd Russell Platts (R-PA), Co-Chair of the Congressional Brain Injury Task Force, in conjunction with the office of Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords (D-AZ), Task Force members and the Brain Injury Association of America, introduced an amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act which would authorize $1,000,000 for the development of treatment guidelines for post-acute rehabilitation of traumatic brain injury.
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A recent article in USA Today entitled, “For Brain Injuries, a Treatment Gap,” accurately reports the need for individuals who sustain brain injuries to access medically-necessary rehabilitation of sufficient scope, intensity and duration from licensed professionals in accredited settings to regain the physical abilities and cognitive skills needed to live healthy, independent and satisfying lives. Many brain injury professional are recommending everyone to check their health insurance plan to make sure they’re adequately covered in case of a serious injury.
Continue Reading The Need for Medically-Necessary Rehabilitation

The New Jersey Assembly has approved legislation which would make New Jersey the first state in the nation to require helmets for minors while skiing or snowboarding. The bill was sponsored by Assembly Republicans Anthony Bucco, Scott T. Rumana and Nancy F. Muñoz. The Assembly Tourism and Arts Committee unanimously approved the legislation on January 20, 2011 during the National Ski Areas Association’s National Safety Awareness Week.
Continue Reading New Jersey One Step Closer to Being First State to Require Ski Helmets for Children

Aaron Steiner, a minor plaintiff, sustained personal injuries and filed a Complaint against the New Fairfield Board of Education. Defendants requested a neuropsychological examination. Plaintiff objected asserting the right to have the neuropsychological testing observed and videotaped. Defendants opposed that request.
Continue Reading Connecticut Trial Court Orders Observation and Videotape of Neuropsychological Evaluation

I have previously reported on efforts by many states to enact legislation to protect student athletes who sustained traumatic brain injuries. Most recently I wrote regarding New Jersey’s passage of a student athlete concussion safety legislation and as well as Pennsylvania’s efforts in that regard.
Continue Reading Congressman Miller Reintroduced Federal Legislation to Set Minimum Safety Standards for Concussion Management in Public Schools

On September 13, 2010, a Massachusetts trial court in the matter of Sawski v. Gigs, LLC held a Daubert/Lanigan II hearing with regard to the admissibility or non admissibility of diffusion tensor imaging (DTI). The parties did not request an evidentiary hearing but submitted over 3000 pages of affidavits, medical articles and memorandum.
Continue Reading Massachusetts court finds DTI satisfies Daubert Standard

In the matter of Whilden v. Kimberly Kline, et al., defendants filed a motion in limine to bar the testimony of William W. Orrison, Ph.D. and to bar the admissibility of diffusion tensor imaging. Plaintiff was involved in a number of motor vehicle collisions in which it was alleged that he had suffered a mild traumatic brain injury.
Continue Reading Colorado Court Finds Diffusion Tensor Imaging (DTI) Admissible

On Monday, the General Assembly passed A2743, a bill designed to create an awareness program on the prevention, risk and treatment of sports-related brain injuries. The Bill, sponsored by Assembly Democrats Patrick J. Diegnan, Jr., Craig J. Coughlin, Thomas P. Giblin and Mila M. Jasey passed by a vote of 78-0.
Continue Reading General Assembly Passes A2743 – Brain Injury Awareness Program Act