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University Hosts Summit on Concussion Research

September 25, 2015

The Michigan Daily
By Nabeel Chollampat

At a conference hosted the University’s Injury Center on Thursday, speakers discussed how sports-related concussions, an issue that has attracted attention in recent years from high-profile incidents in the NFL and college athletics, impacts student-athletes.

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Steven Pachman, an attorney at Montgomery McCracken Walker & Rhoads LLP who specializes in sports-related cases, discussed the legal and clinical challenges that schools, coaches and trainers encounter when faced with a sports injury. Many of these cases, he noted, end in settlements totaling millions of dollars.

“The problem is that experts still have vastly competing views on what constitutes proper standard care,” he said. “A big issue is also lack of documentation – if it’s not documented, it didn’t happen.”

Pachman also noted that pictures of injured students create compelling narratives for juries, causing difficulties for athletic programs facing litigation.

“At the end of the day the health and safety of the athlete always comes first,” he said. “But athletic programs do need to make sure they’re up to date with documentation and management protocols for legal issues.”

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