PowerPoints from Our Conference

Apr 27, 2012

Big-time pollen alerts across the country! Jennifer and her daughter are recovering from severe allergies this week, so we’re going ahead and posting up the PowerPoints from some of the discussions at our Second Independent Football Veterans Conference. Sorry for the delays in getting everything posted quickly – we thank everyone for their patience and understand how many of you who couldn’t attend are anxiously awaiting the videos so you can catch up on what you missed. All our best to Jennifer and her daughter for a speedy recovery!
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Without a doubt, the most requested videos and Powerpoints have certainly been for our panel on concussions and the lawsuits filed against the NFL and Riddell. Jason Luckasevic from Goldberg Persky White filed one of the first concussion lawsuits on behalf of retired football players. To date, his firm is also one of the few to include Riddell the helmet manufacturer – “Official Helmet of the NFL” – as a responsible party. Richard Lewis from Hausfeld LLP joined Jason on the panel last Saturday morning to present his firm’s decisions leading up to filing their concussion suit.
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Please keep two things in mind: There are many capable and qualified attorneys representing plaintiffs in the concussion litigation. Please speak to those you choose to make sure your potential claim is evaluated promptly. The other issue discussed at the Conference was a potential statute of limitation specifically related to this round of concussion lawsuits. This means you may have to sign up with a representative firm soon before the filing period expires. More on this shortly from one of the attorneys involved in this suit.
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Feel free to call Jason or Rich directly with any questions you may have regarding your own concussion concerns – each of them has agreed to make themselves available to talk to our readers:
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Jason Luckasevic • Goldberg Persky White (412) 338-9460
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Richard Lewis • Hausfeld LLP (202) 540-7200
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You can view each slideshow full screen by clicking on the FullScreen icon in the lower right corner of each slide screen (press ESC to close the slideshow).

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And Dr. Kristen Willeumier presented a great overview of the unique study of retired NFL football players conducted by the Amen Clinic last year. Many of the statistics and details will probably not surprise you while others will leave you shaking your heads!
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George Visger also talked about his personal experiences following numerous concussions while playing for the 49ers and the subsequent surgeries and treatments he’s gone through while living his life after football. All without the benefit of any access to an NFL pension or Disability Benefits, even WITH a Super Bowl ring from Super Bowl XVI! Why? Because of the NFL/NFLPA’s arbitrary vesting rules that declare he’s not qualified because he didn’t play for at least 4 seasons as a pre-’93 player! And it took George 5 years of fighting California Workers Compensation to get them to cover his near-death recovery from his NFL work-related brain injuries in one of the first cases of its kind in California!
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We also had Dr. Bill Duncan from the International Hyperbaric Medical Foundation talking about the benefits of hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT) for athletes, particularly football players. Hyperbaric oxygen therapy has been used for a widening range of problems and is finally gaining broader mainstream acceptance. This year, Dr. Duncan has been a leading proponent with current legislation on the recognition and use of HBOT as an acceptable treatment to be covered by the VA and health insurance companies. The studies are growing and the statistics are finally becoming so compelling that they can’t be ignored or dismissed any longer.
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One Response so far | Have Your Say!

  1. Beverly Halton
    April 27th, 2012 at 4:52 pm #

    Larry Lamade made the following statement at a Bert Bell Retirement Board Meeting: Players who are deemed medically injured – meaning paralytic players and he named a few – could seek sedentary employment. They have a working mind and are therefore employable.

    Larry wanted to stop ALL disability payments to those players who are severely injured. Counsel stopped this discussion at that meeting.

    You guys are dealing with unconscionable personnel.

    Beverly Halton
    Former employee – NFLPA Retired Players Dept.