$157 THOUSAND

Personal Injury Claim

JR was offered a settlement of $35,000. The jury returned a verdict in her favor for $157,000, a net verdict over two times the amount offered by the RTB’s insurance company.

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Worth the Risk?

Did you know football players are among the least paid of the major professional sports? Or that the NFL expects 30% of football players to develop Alzheimer’s disease or dementia? Here in Indianapolis, that means – according to NFL data – Andrew Luck, T.Y. Hilton, Reggie Wayne or Dan Herron may be likely to develop a debilitating brain disease later in life.

How do we work together to improve the safety of the game for athletes? What changes can be made to help protect our college and high school players? See our infographic, below, for additional information about the profitability of football and the risk of injury.

Football Player Safety, Indianapolis

Infographic Summary Stats

  • 1 Million High School Football Players; ~6.5% of high school players will play in the NCAA.
  • 12,650 Div I college football players; ~2% of college football players will go pro.
  • There are 1,700 professional football players in the NFL.
  • Average revenue from Men’s College Football (Div I): $15.8 Million per school.
  • The most profitable college football teams include: Texas ($68.8 million); Georgia ($52.5 million); and, Penn State ($50 million).
  • Average worth of an NFL team? 1.43 billion
  • The Indianapolis Colts generate over $23 million in revenue each year.
  • The average salary for an NFL player is $1.9 million.
  • High school football players are twice as likely as college players to sustain a head injury.
  • 10% of all college football players sustain brain injuries, an average of 1,364 / year.
  • 13% of NFL players sustain a concussion each year.
  • The NFL expects 6,000 of nearly 20,000 retired players to suffer from Alzheimer’s disease or moderate dementia.
  • Concussions occur 30% less during games played at high altitudes.
  • The Indianapolis Colts are in the Top 5 teams with the most concussions.

Additional Resources

New NCAA Study– The NCAA has announced a new $30 million concussion study to enhance the safety of student-athletes. The research will be managed by the Concussion Assessment, Research and Education Consortium, or CARE. Indiana University will serve as the Administrative and Operations Core and will be the central coordination center for the CARE Consortium. Learn More: http://www.ncaa.org/about/resources/media-center/news/ncaa-dod-launch-concussion-study

USA Football’s Heads Up Football – National initiative to help make the sport of football better and safer. A comprehensive collection of resources, programs, applications and promotions to create change and address the complex challenges of player health and safety in youth and high school football. Includes new resources and training materials to help coaches become Heads Up certified. Learn More: http://usafootball.com/headsup

real-life cases

“B.K.” was driving on a two-lane road one Sunday afternoon with his mother in the front seat and his brother and sister-in-law in the back seat when his life was forever changed. B.K. was struck head on by D.C.

D.C. had spent the day drinking with a friend and had stopped at a restaurant less than five miles from the point of the accident where D.C. had been served several drinks. D.C.’s blood alcohol level was more than twice the legal limit.

As a result of the terrible wreck, B.K. received devastating injuries, which included multiple broken bones, facial fractures, and loss of vision. B.K.’s mother, brother, and sister-in-law were all killed in the accident.

As one would anticipate, D.C. had virtually no insurance. Stephenson, through his thorough and detailed investigation, was able to prepare claims against the restaurant and those that provided the alcohol.

Stephenson pursued dram shop claims against those responsible CASE SUMMARY

D.H. was a competitive bicyclist who was riding in preparation for a cross-country fundraising ride. In the spring of 2010, D.H. was riding across an old steel-grated deck bridge in Shelby County when he hit a hole in the bridge and flipped over the handlebars of his bike. The impact to the bridge decking caused severe injuries to his face, teeth, tongue, and elbow.

Through the investigation, they were able to learn as early as 1998, the bridge inspection reports showed the bridge in question needed to be replaced. The county never authorized additional inspections. The county obtained $844,000 in funding for the replacement of the bridge in 2000, but the Historical Society and adjacent property owners wanted the bridge repaired rather than replaced.

This crash could have been avoided if the inspectors and county had done their jobs. CASE SUMMARY

Our client (“D.W.”) was a front-seat passenger in a vehicle that was struck by a UDF truck making deliveries. D.W. received broken arms and legs, as well as internal injuries. Stephenson was retained by D.W.’s personal counsel to prepare and try the case. Discovery determined that the UDF driver had multiple driving violations. Stephenson retained numerous experts to show the jury the devastating effects of the injuries. Before trial, the defendant’s company stated that a jury in a small southern county in Indiana would never return a verdict for $1 million in this case.

The defendant was correct; the verdict was twice that amount. CASE SUMMARY

We build a legal team specifically to handle your case.

Our law firm is dedicated to securing the most qualified experts available (irrespective of cost) for your case. Traumatic brain injury claims can be complex, and the proficiency of your experts is crucial in both the investigation and litigation phases of your claim. We are committed to doing what others have not done before, if that is what it takes to obtain the best possible outcome for our clients. Our experts will come from around the world if necessary.

Since 1982, we have stood beside accident victims in Indiana and throughout the Midwest. Attorney Mike Stephenson has litigated injury claims in 18 states and served as lead trial counsel in more than 100 civil jury trials.

Call today to talk with Mike about his trial experience and how it can benefit your case: 855-206-2555.

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