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Woman Who Lost Her Footballer Son After a Concussion Makes Her Case in D.C.

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Woman Who Lost Her Footballer Son After a Concussion Makes Her Case in D.C.

We hear a lot about the dangers of concussions in the NFL. There has even been a movie called Concussion about head injuries suffered by players, starring Will Smith.

But the issue of concussions among school and college athletes has received a fraction of the publicity, even though there have been tragedies in high school sports. A mother from Colorado who suffered a terrible tragedy is seeking to change that.

The movie Concussion

Kelli Jantz will address the House Committee on Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations on Friday to provide input into its work on concussions and their implications.

She will share the story of her son Jake Snakenberg who died after receiving a concussion, reported 9News.

Jantz told the news channel about the day in 2004 Jake took the field for Grandview High School in Aurora, Colorado. It appears he suffered a concussion a week previously.

Jantz said Jake died on that day, after suffering a concussion before he’d healed from a previous one. The condition is called “Second Impact Syndrome.”

The TV station reported how in the years after Jake’s death, Kelli Jantz has spearheaded change in Colorado. Five years ago, Governor John Hickenlooper signed the Jake Snakenberg Youth Concussion Act. The new law makes It mandatory for coaches be trained to recognize the signs of concussions. Players must be taken off the field if the coach thinks they have a concussion. They cannot return without clearance from a medical professional.

Jantz will be testifying at a hearing titled, “Concussions in Youth Sports: Evaluating prevention and research.”

Many states, including Virginia, have brought in laws to protect student athletes from concussions. We have written in the past about the link between concussions in football and suicides. As well as the high-profile lawsuits that have been brought against the NFL, legal action has also been taken against school authorities and athletic associations. Recently a student who claimed he suffered ongoing migraines and memory loss, took out a law against an Illinois high school association.

Brain injuries and head trauma are among the most serious injuries we see in our work with our clients in Virginia and North Carolina. If you or a loved one has suffered a concussion or traumatic brain injury due to the fault of another person, we would like to hear from you. Call us at (757) 455-0077.

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John Cooper is a veteran of personal injury law practice in Virginia. A native Virginian, he was raised in Norfolk and Virginia Beach. He has more than 20 years of experience handling personal injury cases and recently handled the largest auto accident settlement in 2010, according to VA Lawyers Weekly. The award provided $3.5 million to a child whose young father died when the vehicle he was a passenger in was rear-ended by a careless truck driver.

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Jim Hurley has been practicing law throughout Virginia for more than two-and-a-half decades. During his career, he has tried more than 100 jury trials — a staggering number — and handled hundreds more that were settled out of court. He is guided by the principle that the client is in charge of his or her case and should be kept fully aware of the litigation process. Jim has been awarded an AV Rating by Martindale-Hubbell, the highest rating given, for his practice of law. He was named in Virginia Super Lawyers in 2014, 2015, 2016.

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Bill O’Mara started his legal career in 2008, moving back to his home town of Chesapeake, VA. He has practiced in the field of plaintiffs’ personal injury and other litigation. He has gained extensive court room and trial experience, including contested trials before judges and juries across Hampton Roads. In 2014, Mr. O’Mara joined Cooper Hurley Injury Lawyers as an associate attorney. He became a partner in 2017.

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