Tag Archive: NFL Concussion Settlement

Jan 15

Latest Articles (Updated 1/15/18)

Jan 14

The Blitz 1/14/18

Essential Sports & Sports Law News Week in Review 📖Read of the Week: “At this rate, the #NFL’s #concussion protocol is nothing more than words on paper. The only thing they appear to value less are the players on the field.” @donnovanbennett has some worthy suggestions if the NFL really wanted to solve the problem …

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It’s Time To Declare The NFL Concussion Settlement A State Of Emergency

Daunting. Despicable. Dirty. Disastrous.   Those are just a few adjectives that come to mind when evaluating the NFL’s torrent of delays and denials of brain injury claims brought by former NFL players.  Mentally impaired men and their anxious families have been forced to jump through unconscionable hoops and endure painful audits, delays and denials while finding themselves accused of being liars and frauds by the league they once loved and sacrificed their health for.

NFL Concussion Settlement Attorneys Respond to Law Professor’s Fee Recommendations

On December 11, Harvard law professor William Rubenstein filed a 47-page report with the Court detailing his recommendations regarding attorney fees as he’d been commissioned to do in September. His recommendations consisted of (1) Denying the 5% holdback from all approved awards to fund future implementation work on the settlement as requested by Co-Lead Class Counsel Chris Seeger, and (2) Capping individual attorney fees at 15%. The professor’s report appeared well reasoned and presented, but as pointed out in the 12 responses, he seemed to lack some critical information when he prepared the it, including correct actuaries on player demographics and anticipated awards as well as the immense difficulty in getting claims approved. Since Professor Rubenstein is a highly intelligent man, several attorneys have indicated to me that they wonder how he could have been shielded from current and pertinent information on which they feel would have changed the recommendations of the report.

Jan 07

The Blitz 1/7/18

Essential Sports & Sports Law News Week In Review ⚖️Litigation Lane: NFL Concussion Settlement #NFL #Concussion Lawyers Question Expert’s Analysis of Attorney Fees https://t.co/0v1KrFgGaa via @MMitchellTLI — Sheilla Dingus (@SheillaDingus) January 5, 2018 Part 4 (and the final part) of my series on Concussion Settlement FAQs Part 4 of my series on #NFL #Concussion Settlement …

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NFL Concussion Settlement FAQs Part 4: Lawyers and Liens

I recall stories related to me by retired players who are struggling and their family members.  Men who constantly get lost and then sit in their cars for hours waiting to gain their bearings and figure out where they are so they can drive home or for someone in their family to find them.  Men who have difficulty remembering how to get dressed.  Men who can’t remember how to use a can opener.  Just before Christmas a distraught wife told me how difficult it was for her when she gave her husband a Christmas card for their daughter for him to sign.  She said that he looked at her with a blank stare and then asked, “Should I just sign it [first name]?  She had to remind him, “No, sign it ‘Dad.’”  I could go on and on.  But the FAQs these guys are supposed to understand need to be deciphered so onward I suppose.  The remaining FAQs address lawyers and liens.

The FAQs About NFL Concussion Settlement Claims

The NFL Concussion Settlement has been anything but an easy process for the neurologically impaired class of retired football players. As of December 27 – ten months after the claims process began – a meager 13% — 206 monetary awards out of 1913 filed claims. As an observer noted, if claims continue to be processed at this rate, it will take approximately 4 years to process the current case load – and that doesn’t even account for the additional claims that will be filed.

Dec 31

The Blitz 12/31/17

Essential Sports & Sports Law News Week In Review 🐦Tweet of the Week: Random fun US Law fact: NYE 2017 (aka tomorrow) is the only day where every “adult” was born in the 1900s while every minor was born in the 2000s 😯 — Jaime Mittens (@SportsLawBlonde) December 30, 2017 📖Read of the Week: American …

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NFL Concussion Settlement Baseline Assessment Program

FAQs and Analysis… December 28, 2017 Sheilla Dingus In the first installment of this series I looked a NFL Concussion Settlement FAQs 1 – 23 which deal with general provisions and personnel of the Settlement.  More importantly perhaps, I question the ability of and ethical implications of requiring a brain-damaged class to navigate, at minimum, …

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The Facts About NFL Concussion Settlement FAQs

On December 1, a proposed document of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) was posted via Electronic Court Filing (ECF) to the NFL Concussion Settlement docket.  The purpose of the FAQ document is to aid the neurologically impaired football players who are class members to the settlement in understanding its terms and filing their claims.  During the enrollment period for the settlement, when retired NFL players had to make a choice between enrollment in the settlement, opting out, or ignoring it all together, in order to encourage enrollment Co-Lead Class Counsel Christopher Seeger, along with Claims Administrator Brown Greer portrayed the enrollment and claims processes as “simple.”  They encouraged retirees to not hire independent counsel for this reason.  They were told if they had a qualifying diagnosis their claims would be approved, and a 30-60 day window was referenced as an estimated approval time.  As a result, approximately 20,000 retired players or their representatives registered for the program, including many who had previously objected or opted out.

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