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Old 05-11-2012, 01:21 PM   #15
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Default Re: Commentary: When will deaths of NFL players stop?

Originally Posted by Atlanta Dan View Post
As you know, a history of being abused as a child or drug abuse isn't just an "embarassing disclosure" - it is an alternative proximate cause argument for the player taking his life that can blow up the plaintiff's burden of proving the employment related blows to the head caused the suicide

Litigation is not a game of bean bag - it's hardball
If the other theory predates the concussions, the defense expert would need to show behaviors existing prior as well. If the other theory is substance abuse, etc.. after the concussions, no neuro-psychologist can get away with a failure to acknowledge the frequency of people with TBIs self medicating as a result. The same is true for isolation or failed relationships. I've got the learned treatises on my credenza.

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