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Jim Kjar defends legal malpractice case in jury trial

Plaintiff was a former professional football player who was in the NFL for 10 years. He retained the defendant law firm to file a workers’ compensation claim for his work-related injuries, including any neurological conditions he may develop. It was admitted at trial that although the law firm obtained compensation for his orthopedic injuries, it failed to preserve plaintiff’s right to seek brain-related injuries for chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), a condition the NFL was aware of for years but withheld from players. Plaintiff and his treating neurologists testified that he suffered from CTE related to his NFL career. After a multiple-week trial with extensive medical expert testimony, the jury decided that the law firm’s failure to preserve plaintiff’s claim against the NFL did not cause him any damage, finding that plaintiff did not suffer from CTE.