NCAA Concussion Settlement

Doug Landau knows the effect of repeated concussions on the brain.  NCAA's settlement of a class-action lawsuit will provide education and diagnosis for college athletes.

Doug Landau knows the effect of repeated concussions on the brain. NCAA’s settlement of a class-action lawsuit will provide education and diagnosis for college athletes.

“Medical monitoring and future treatment will help those amateur athletes who have traumatic brain injuries going forward,” according to Herndon head injury lawyer Doug Landau, “and the education and early diagnosis in the future will hopefully prevent permanent disability that sidelines college sports team members who sustain a concussion.”  The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) — the governing body for college sports –  agreed to a settlement in a class-action head-injury lawsuit.  The suit is a consolidation of 10 lawsuits which combined, identify by name several dozen athletes who suffered brain trauma while playing contact sports in college.

The terms of the settlement, pending final approval by U.S. District Judge John Lee, are:

  • Create a $70 million fund for the purpose of diagnosing current and former college athletes to see if they suffered traumatic brain injury (TBI) when playing contact sports in college.  Players who show signs of TBI will be responsible for paying for their own treatment.
  • Implement a consistent return-to-play policy whereby a player who takes a blow to the head may not return to play or practice that day.
  • Preserve the right for individual athletes to sue individually for specific damages.
  • Require baseline neurological tests at the start of each year for all athletes.
  • Mandate concussion education for athletes and coaches.
  • Establish an independent medical science committee to oversee medical testing.

The settlement has been met with controversy, however.  Critics believe money should have been set aside for the injured players themselves, rather than simply paying for diagnosis, monitoring, and education.

Virginia sports injury attorney Doug Landau believes the settlement terms will go a long way towards (1) helping those athletes who were injured during their past careers by helping them identify lingering symptoms of TBI and gain access to high quality medical care, AND (2) changing the culture of college sports so that future athletes may be spared repeated concussion and TBI going forward.

Landau is in favor of monitoring and education when it comes to concussions:

“Educating those involved is the first step towards preventing long-lasting effects of concussions,” notes Landau.  “As a personal injury lawyer, I have helped numerous clients who have suffered TBI.  The impact can be severe and life-changing.  If we can teach athletes, coaches, parents, college administrators, etc. about the dangers, we can affect change.  I take that responsibility quite seriously and literally here in my local community.  Each year, my firm donates free bike helmets and educates needy children on the effects of TBI in our “Putting Lids on Kids” program.   I believe you can never provide too much education about something as serious as permanent brain injury.”

If you or someone you know has been injured, suffering the effects of traumatic brain injury, and there are questions as to what laws apply, email or call Abrams Landau, Ltd. at once (703-796-9555).

“Recovery Week” Does Not Mean a No Racing Week

 

Police would have to enforce a court Order to keep Herndon bike crash injury lawyer Doug Landau from racing at the annual trial lawyers conventions

Police would have to enforce a court Restraining Order to keep Herndon bike crash injury lawyer Doug Landau from racing at the Association for Justice trial lawyers conventions

The best triathletes and DUathletes use the time before a big race to “taper.” They train at reduced intensities and volume. Strength training is often suspended. Likewise, top runners, bikers and swimmers will take time off after a major competition. For Doug Landau’s “recovery week,” he will not be seen at any multisports competitions. BUT, the Herndon accident lawyer is registered for the Wednesday night DC Road Runners Club Mile & 3km Track Championships at St. Stevens School in Alexandria, Virginia.   Landau is a long-time DCRRC member, and has competed in these events many times.

Then, to keep his tradition alive, (of racing & winning at every American Association of Justice (“AAJ”) national trial lawyers convention for the last 30+ years), a 3 miler in Baltimore!  The AETNA/Maryland Physicians Care 5k Baltimore Road Race in Park Heights is Saturday morning before the AAJ Continuing Legal Education program.  Landau, formerly counsel to “Virginia Physicians Managed Care,” (“VPMCI”) will hopefully find a place to shower, with soap, before a full day of educational, professional development and networking appointments at the Baltimore Convention Center !

This Northern Virginia sports injury lawyer has won awards at road races, triathlons and DUathlons during trial lawyer conventions in Montreal, Hawaii, Chicago, Miami, San Francisco, Toronto, Arizona, Boston, Seattle, and Atlanta. Landau will again be speaking on the educational program as part of the Social Security Disability Sections presentation.  Racing Saturday, teaching Sunday, learning and striving to improve his trial and advocacy skills – always. Let’s see if lawyer Landau can keep his streak alive !

Landau Makes US World Championship Team

At the finish line of the US DUathlon Nationals, Herndon Virginia lawyer Doug Landau was all smiles after his best Run-Bike-Run Championship finish ever.

At the finish line of the US DUathlon Nationals in St. Paul Minnesota, Herndon Virginia lawyer Doug Landau was all smiles after his best Run-Bike-Run Championship result ever.

Lining up at today’s USAT DUathlon National Championship race in St. Paul, Herndon trial lawyer Doug Landau had 2 goals: to break 95 minutes and qualify to represent the United States at the 2015 World Championships.

With the Mississippi flooding last week, the Minnesota race course was changed to a 4.6km (2-lap) run, a 31km (3-lap) bike ride on bumpy roads and then a 4.4km (2-lap) run. So as not to get into too fast of a pace at the outset, Landau started at the back of the corral. The 50-59 group was one of the last to start, so the path on the levee and the bike course would be crowded. As he had seen them compete from the sidelines in Tucson Arizona last Fall (due to his double concussion), Landau knew that there were some very fast runners in his group. Despite running hard in the opening run, the Herndon lawyer found himself in 18th at the first turnaround. By the time he got on the bike, he was in 36th ! However, he fought hard on the bike to pass a few in his category.

Lawyer Landau after finding out that by "aging up," he was in the top 10 for the 55-59 age group slotted to go to the DUathlon World Championships in 2015

Lawyer Landau after finding out that by “aging up,” he was in the top 10 for the 55-59 age group slotted to go to the DUathlon World Championships in 2015

Both transitions were fast, as he had practiced them on the course over the past 72 hours. However, as had happened in several other championship DUathlons, 150 yards out of T-2, his hamstring seized, and he had to stop running. Stretching the muscle, contracting the contralateral quads, and kneading the knot helped slightly. As he saw several of the racers he had passed overtake him, Landau did an imitation “Forest Gump” shuffle, using his right leg almost exclusively. Once back up on the levee, he was able to shuffle a bit more quickly, and after the first mile, he was down to a 6:20/mile pace. Because he could not run “full out,” he was not tired or sore after the race.

At the finish line he was given receipt indicating that he was 16th in the 50-54, with the top 18 automatically qualifying for the World Championship next year. However, as Landau is 54 years old, the “age up” rules applied, and since he will compete at Worlds in the 55-59 group, he was given the ticket for 9th place in that group ! While Landau was pleased with the result, he knows he could have gone faster than his official time of 1:32:05. Still undecided as to the USAT Sprint Triathlon National Championships next month in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Landau had his best finish in a DUathlon National Championship and intends to get in top shape for next year’s big race to represent the “Stars & Stripes.”

Bikers and Triathletes Need a Great Mechanic to be the Best

Bike Mechanic Extraordinaire Bernard Kocis and lawyer Landau give worlds qualifier Gail Waldman a "lift" before departure for the USAT DUathlon National Championships in St. Paul

Bike Mechanic Extraordinaire Bernard Kocis and lawyer Landau give worlds qualifier Gail Waldman a “lift” before departure for the USAT DUathlon National Championships

As Doug Landau gets ready for this weekend’s USAT DUathlon National Championship race in St. Paul, Minnesota, he is thankful for all of the people in his life who have helped and encouraged him. Keeping him safe on the roads by maintaining and fixing his bikes is master mechanic Bernard Kocis of the award-winning Green Lizard Bike Shop in Herndon, Virginia. In addition to being a mechanic at championship and Olympic level bike races all over the world, Bernard has the patience (and sense of humor) to deal with high energy triathletes like lawyer Landau.  When Landau called the USAT official bike shop in last year’s national championships and mentioned who had prepared his bicycle, the owner of the company immediately recognized Bernard’s name and acknowledged his stature in the field.

After one episode where Kocis saved Landau from almost certain peril, the Herndon injury lawyer wrote, “Thanks Bernard, I owe you. Since I cannot bring you pastries or coffee [since the Green Lizard also has excellent coffee, smoothie, pastry and other snacks], what else floats your boat ?!!?

Bernard’s terse reply: “Happy customer floats all boats!! Thanks!”

I you need top mechanics in the vicinity of Herndon, Reston, or Eastern Loudoun County, the friendly Green Lizard bike shop is within sight of the W&OD Trail, a block from the Caboose at the 20 mile marker and perhaps 100 yards from the green-roofed Landau Law Shop.

Best on Land, Less by Sea!

 

John Lysher & Doug Landau on the podium after the Colonial Beach Sprint Triathlon.  Both Lysher, of Fredericksburg, and Landau have been past Virginia Triathlon Series season Age Group Winners

John Lysher & Doug Landau on the podium after the Colonial Beach Sprint Triathlon. Both Lysher, of Fredericksburg, and Landau have been past Virginia Triathlon Series season Age Group Winners

After visiting a client in Orange County Virginia, Doug Landau arrived in Colonial Beach in order to compete in both the  Virginia Triathlon Series Sprint Triathlon as well as the AquaVelo the next day.  Despite hours of driving, “my goals were not to get passed once I got out of the brackish water and to complete the bike course — both transitions and run — in under an hour,” notes Landau.

After a pedestrian swim, Landau ran up the pea gravel beach, jumped on his son’s bike (which had been retrofitted the day before), and took off on two wheels. He went back and forth with three other riders, but passed about 100 other competitors. One of those riders was penalized for drafting after the race was over.  Triathlons do not allow drafting off other cyclists, as it is supposed to be an individual time trial effort.  Once off the bike, Landau overtook the trio and passed 30 more runners. He accomplished his goal, finishing the land portion in under an hour and won his age group.  His friend John Lysher , who usually comes out of the water with a lead on lawyer Landau, also put in a strong performance and wound up on the podium.  Lysher has beaten Landau in races and in the overall series age group title in the past.  The Lysher family turned out in force in order to see John and his son compete as a relay the next day.

After a hiatus last year (from competing, not sponsoring !), Lawyer Landau is trying to race in enough events in order to qualify for the Virginia Triathlon Series (VTS) championship. Athletes must complete five or more races.  The points from their best five races are tallied for special VTS overall, master, and age group awards.  Some Maryland Triathlon Series events are counted towards the point tally, so it is possible to compete in several states, and have those scores added into your total. For complete race results, visit SetUpEvents.com  Landau has now completed two qualifying events in Virginia, finishing on the podium both times.

Racing in the Potomac – Double Header Winning Weekend

SetUp Inc.'s Greg Hawkins,  VTS Sponsor Doug Landau & Terry McLaughlin of the YMCA after the 2014 Colonial Beach Triathlons

SetUp Inc.’s Greg Hawkins, VTS Sponsor Doug Landau & Terry McLaughlin of the YMCA after the 2014 Colonial Beach Triathlons

Long-time Race Director and friend, Terry McLaughlin, and his terrific crew, meshed perfectly with our friends at Set Up Events to make the  2014 Colonial Beach Triathlon festival weekend races go off without a hitch.  The Olympic and Sprint Distance Races are now part of the Virginia Triathlon Series.  The swims started out on the pea gravel shore, in water that was too warm for wetsuits. Not salty, not fresh, the water off Colonial Beach is brackish, which makes Landau feel more buoyant, without the heavy briny saltwater taste you get in your mouth swimming in the ocean.  The Potomac River swim was then followed by a mostly flat bike course through rural countryside. Upon return to the beach athletes embarked on a flat, fast out and back running course. Athletes were then treated to a post race feast, massages (by ART and Graston Technique Certified Doctors Shawn Pallotti of King George, VA  and Eric Bilson, of Fredericksburg, VA), live entertainment at night and could spend the day in Colonial Beach.

Lawyer Landau managed to win his age group in the Sprint Triathlon Saturday, breaking into the top 20 out of over 360 racers.  Once on dry land after his “pedestrian swim,” he managed to pass other competitors continuously during the hot bike and run.  On Sunday, he finished 3rd overall in the AquaVelo (swimming and biking only), despite a 40 min swim, by passing 10o bikers and averaging over 22 MPH !  For Full Results of the Sprint Race, click here.

En route to the race Friday afternoon, Landau had visited with a client in Orange, Virginia who was unable to travel because of the wounds and infection in her legs after being attacked and bitten by a dog while delivering the U.S. Mail.  From Orange, VA, the Landaus went to Fredericksburg to visit with lawyers who needed their help with a disability case.  If you would like to see Doug Landau “in action,” his Court, speech, teaching and racing schedule is in every newsletter and published online.  Our unique “Open Book” policy sets ABRAMS LANDAU apart from all other law firms in the country.  Check it out !

Colonial Beach Weekend Racing – Virginia Triathlon Series Joins Forces With the Family YMCA

2014 Colonial Beach tri

After a hiatus of several years, Doug Landau returned to race on the Potomac River at one of his favorite Virginia venues.  With the folks at Set Up Events joining forces with the Rappahannock family  YMCA, the 30th annual running of the Colonial Beach Triathlon was sure to be a hit.  The Triathlons held Saturday and Sunday are now part of the Virginia Triathlon Series.  With “something for everyone,” there were relays, military categories, and an “AquaVelo,” for those who only wanted to swim and bike the Olympic Distance course.

Doug and Virginia Beach multisport coach Dai Roberts (above, left) compared notes at packet pick-up for the Virginia Triathlon Series (VTS) Colonial Beach tradition.  The Dai Roberts Group has clinics for athletes of all levels.  With VTS event managers from Set Up Events helping with timing and logistics, experienced volunteers, and a safe venue, race director Terry Mclaughlin, from the Rappahannock YMCA, agrees that the weekend’s events are sure to be fixtures on the Mid-Atlantic MultiSport athletes’ calendars.

New Safety Laws Effective July 1, 2014 in Virginia

Bicycle Safety

Starting July 1, cyclists in Virginia will have more room between them and passing cars.

Prior to July 1, drivers had to give two feet of clearance when passing a bicycle on Virginia roadways.  Now the law requires motorists to give a three-foot clearance.

New Rules for Mopeds

Also effective July 1 in Virginia, moped and scooter drivers will be required to carry government-issued photo identification.  It is still permissible to drive a scooter or moped, however, without a license.

However, the mopeds and scooters themselves must be titled and registered.  The fees are $10 for a title and $20.25 for annual registration.

Finally, drivers and passengers on a moped or scooter must wear a helmet, as well as a face shield or safety glasses or goggles.

Brendon’s Law

Brendan’s Law makes celebratory gunfire in which a person is wounded a Class 6 felony, punishable by up to five years in prison.  The law is named in honor of Brandon Mackey, a 7 year old boy who was killed last year by a falling bullet while walking with his father to an Independence Day fireworks show.

First Outdoor Pool Triathlon Yields Two Personal Bests in Northern Reston Sprint Triathlon

What the Reston Sprint Triathlon does for local charity and the economy is quite impressive.  The Race Committee deserves a lot of credit for putting on such a fun annual charitable event.

What the Reston Sprint Triathlon does for local charity and the economy is quite impressive. The Race Committee deserves a lot of credit for putting on such a fun annual charitable event in Northern Virginia

The Reston Sprint Triathlon has always been a good early season barometer of fitness for Northern Virginia triathletes. This popular Reston race sells out months in advance. This year over 800- athletes signed up for the ¼ Mile swim in a 50 meter pool, 12 Mile bike ride (3 laps on the hilly Baron Cameron, Reston Parkway & Weihle Road course) and then 3 Miles of hills running on the secuitous Reston Trail System. The race is actually a very spectator friendly event, with an excellent venue for staging over a thousand racers, volunteers and spectators.

The proceeds from the event are always donated to one of Reston’s oldest, and Northern Virginia’s most successful, non-profit organizations, Cornerstones (formerly Reston Interfaith). Cornerstones promotes self-sufficiency through support and advocacy for those in need of food, shelter, affordable housing, quality childcare, and other services.

While Herndon injury lawyer Doug Landau has won awards in his prior 3 Reston Sprint Races, he was curious to see how he would fare in his first outdoor triathlon of the year. Lawyer Landau set two personal bests: he broke 8 minutes in the swim despite not participating in any organized Masters swim practices in years and he broke 22 minutes in the run, despite hitting a pothole on the bike that caused his front wheel to go off kilter & rub his frame the last half mile. “It was like trying to ride thru quicksand,” noted the Herndon lawyer, “but I was passing people in the pool, on the roads and then on the trails the entire time, so it was a good day.” Landau finished 13th overall, in under 65 minutes, and he looks forward to this weekend’s much longer Virginia Triathlon Series Olympic Distance Race in Jamestown. For full results of the Reston Sprint Triathlon, click here.

Heads up – the 2015 race will be held Sunday, May 31st, 2015. Registration for the 2015 race will be open at 7:30PM on January 7th, 2015. As always, this race always fills up fast, so please mark your calendars now!

Reston Sprint Triathlon Volunteers Save the Day – Athlete Collapses Feet from Finish !

At Saturday's Reston Sprint Triathlon packet pick up volunteers Tom Fleeter, of TOWN CENTER ORTHOPEDICS & Doug Landau of ABRAMS LANDAU, Ltd., had a chance to catch up before Sunday's race

At Saturday’s Reston Sprint Triathlon packet pick up volunteers Tom Fleeter, of TOWN CENTER ORTHOPEDICS & Doug Landau of ABRAMS LANDAU, Ltd., had a chance to catch up before Sunday’s race. Little did they know that Dr. Fleeter would be called into action just steps from the finish line !

When an athlete collapses within sight of the finish line, the best race directors and medical volunteers must rush to action if a fatal tragedy is to be avoided. This is exactly what happened yesterday at the ever-popular Reston Sprint Triathlon.  According to the race committee member, a competitor died 10 feet from the finish on Sunday! Fast-acting Orthopedic Surgeon Thomas Fleeter and another doctor brought the athlete back. That they were able to react so quickly in such a sports emergency is miraculous. The elderly triathlete wanted to go home after he was revived! Fleeter, of Town Center Orthopedics in Reston, volunteers at the Summer Sprint Race as well as the Fall Olympic Distance event.

Most racers appreciate the volunteers who direct traffic, assist with packet pick up, expedite registration and help with parking. But we sometimes forget about those volunteers who are occasionally required to perform life-saving service. We Northern Virginia triathletes are very lucky to have physicians like Tom Fleeter, who volunteer time and skills so that we can safely participate in multisport competitions.

Doug Landau raced in the Reston Sprint Triathlon this weekend for the 4th time. However, the Herndon injury lawyer will be bypassing the Reston Olympic race, where he has been a volunteer at packet pick up, performing helmet safety inspections for many years, in order to compete (& reclaim his age group title) in the Virginia Triathlon Series (“VTS”), of which he is a sponsor. Lawyer Landau was a volunteer this weekend at the Reston Sprint packet pick up at Lake Newport, where he was able to see many friends and fellow athletes, as over 800 had registered to compete in the ¼ Mile pool swim, 12 Mile bike ride, and 3 Mile run. See tomorrow’s post for details of his performance, which pales to that of the medical doctors at the finish line.

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