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September 2013 Newsletter

The Proposed NFL Settlement: Is it a Win?

On August 29th attorneys for the parties to the concussion litigation against the NFL announced a proposed settlement of the litigation that had been brought by approximately 4500 former players. The proposed settlement calls for the the NFL to pay approximately $765 million to be used in several ways. First and foremost, former players will be provided with neurological baseline testing and evaluation plus any necessary treatment. Those that are suffering severe symptoms such as Alzheimers, ALS, Parkinsons or who have severe neurological impairments are entitled to receive cash compensation from the fund. Further, for any player who develops any of those symptoms over a time period that will likely cover the rest of their lives, they would also be entitled to cash compensation at that time. Additionally, the families of those former players who committed suicide and were later found to have suffered the effects of Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE) will also be compensated. (Read More…)

We the People – Except When We’re Not

Late last month an emotionally difficult trial was concluded in Cobb County, Georgia. De’Marquise Elkins, an 18-year old African American, was accused of killing a toddler when he and a 15-year old accomplice, Dominique Lang, were robbing the child’s mother. According to reports, De’Marquise shot the toddler when the mother told him that she didn’t have any money to steal. The victim of this crime was white. Amidst mounting racial tensions nationwide, which have even been addressed by our current president, it shouldn’t be surprising that this case garnered media coverage. What is surprising, however, is the apparent lack of awareness about how a jury should be selected. (Read More…)

The Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over Campaign for 2013

As summer winds down with final Labor Day weekend festivities, the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration runs the “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” campaign.

Here are a few sobering statistics to explain why. (Read More…)

If you have been the victim of a DUI driver, call the legal offices of Bruce Hagen today for help with your personal injury case. 

Some Other September Events

On September 19, I will be discussing jury selection and opening for the plaintiff at an ICLE seminar “Inside the Courtroom: The Trial of a Personal Injury Case.”

Attention Atlanta foodies: I’ll be joining former Dave FM DJ Mara Davis as a weekly guest on the new radio show, Atlanta Eats, on WGST 640/AM. The show premieres Saturday, Sept 21 at 11. Topics include best dining neighborhoods in Atlanta and, of course, barbeque. And on October 6, Atlanta Eats will be hosting a great live event at the Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre in Alpharetta. Join me for some great live music and food from thirty of Atlanta’s best restaurants.

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