Your Weekend Reading: Concussions, Lawsuits & More

Jun 8, 2012

For a normally quiet time in the off-season, there’s a lot going on. Concussion lawsuits continue to be filed and the latest count indicates there may be over 3,000 retired football players who have filed suits against the NFL to date. We also understand that there may be a possible Statute of Limitation deadline coming up shortly and strongly urge that you get signed up with one of the firms soon if you haven’t done so already.
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Let’s start with a Washington Post article on the concussion lawsuits that featured Dr. Daniel Amen:
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NFL concussions lawsuits aim to improve the damaged brain

By Rick Maese, Published: June 7
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Daniel Amen cringed when he heard the news that former NFL linebacker Junior Seau had taken his life by pointing a gun at his chest.
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“He did what players think you’re supposed to do: Save your brain,” said Amen, a California-based physician and psychiatrist. “They have to learn there’s another way. Don’t give up on your brain while you’re alive. Try to fix it.“
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Amen’s research and stated mission — to rehabilitate a damaged brain — gets at the heart of class-action lawsuits filed against the NFL. A master complaint was filed Thursday in U.S. District Court in Philadelphia that laid out the claims of more than 2,000 former football players. In addition to personal damages, the complaint outlines the need for medical monitoring, a costly undertaking that would require the NFL to pay for medical testing and treatment for the duration of a player’s lifetime.
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You can read the complete article from the Washington Post by clicking HERE.
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We’re also finally posting the video presentation with Dr. Kristen Willeumier from our April IFV Conference in Las Vegas discussing the Amen Clinic’s latest findings and studies on concussions. We’ve included Dr. Willeumier’s PowerPoint below this video clip so you can follow her presentation while listening to the video.
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And here’s the accompanying PowerPoint:
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We also just received the latest edition of The Voice from Hausfeld LLP and Zelle Hofmann with some of their latest updates on lawsuits and other related articles for retired players. We’ve uploaded their newsletter to Scribd for easy viewing and to make it downloadable for printing. You can also click the Enlarge icon in the lower right corner of that menu at the bottom of the viewing screen to go Full Screen for easier reading (and just hit the ESC key to close):
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The Voice – NFL Retiree Newsletter, Vol 1, Issue 4
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And last but not least, that New Orleans Saints bountygate story keeps rolling on. The NFLPA continues to step up in defense of the players who have been penalized for their participation while completely ignoring the players who were actually named and targeted by Saints’ coach Williams in the now-infamous audio released by filmmaker Sean Pamphilon. Sean has spent too much time in recent weeks defending his decision to release the audio AFTER the NFL and Commissioner Roger Goodell handed down penalties to those involved. Local ESPN radio station KIRO 710‘s John Clayton from  interviewed Sean last night:
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Sean has also written several pieces on his new blog as a rebuttal to much of the crazy misinterpretations and opinions that have been circulating out there. Click HERE to read Sean’s Blog.
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3 Responses so far | Have Your Say!

  1. Dave Pear
    June 8th, 2012 at 7:30 pm #

    Dave Pear

    I have been told by my attorney Jason Luckasevic that the statute of limitations for filing a personal injury lawsuit in the current NFL concussion scandal is 2 years.

    Around June of 2010, the NFL finally was forced to admit that concussions are real in the NFL and cause brain damage.

    The time to file has almost run out so please, all retired NFL players: If you have any concussion issues, do sign up for this mass tort lawsuit immediately!

    You must sign up with one of the many law firms or else you will NOT BE INCLUDED! This is NOT a class action lawsuit where everyone is included automatically unless you opt out!

    Sincerely,
    Dave & Heidi Pear

    I personally signed with Jason Luckasevic • Goldberg Persky & White (412) 338-9460. We have also worked with and trust: Michael Hausfeld or Richard Lewis • Hausfeld LLP (202) 540-7200 or Shawn Stuckey • Zelle Hofmann (612) 336-9135 out of the 60+ law firms all trying to get you to sign with them. But whoever you choose, do it NOW!

  2. Ed Baker
    June 10th, 2012 at 2:47 pm #

    Oilers

    Thank you so much for posting your concussion video. Having played for four years and suffering several concussions along the way, I found the information very helpful. I recently sold my dental practice and am endeavoring to do those things which will contribute to better brain function.

    Thanks again for your posts. They are much appreciated.

    Ed Baker
    Houston Oilers
    1972

  3. Ahdea Jarvis
    June 12th, 2012 at 2:14 pm #

    Ray Jarvis

    Dave,

    My husband Ray Jarvis had a CT scan of his brain and we were told he has irreversible brain damage to the center part of his brain. The Doctor said it could have very well have been from concussions. He has been unable to work for years and I am so worried about his health and his mental state all of the time. Ray is 63 years old now and we have been married 25 years and together 34 years.

    I know what the NFL did to Ray both mentally and physically; what I don’t know is what to do to assist him in getting compensation for all of the lost years. Ray hasn’t been physically well enough to work for many, many years and can’t really find a way to help himself. I am so worried about him, I do not want him to be a statistic and I think if the NFL was made to compensate him for the 9 years he played, he would feel better. It has been so hard on our family I have to work all of the time just to make ends meet and we have a 12-year old – I don’t have any idea how I am going to pay for college. She is going into 7th grade and a straight A student she deserves a College education. She is also a champion gymnast.

    I am also taking care of my brother who has down syndrome and 48 years old he lives with us. Ray is a perfect example of how the NFL just used a player and then threw him away, no Disability – nothing.

    I want to fight but I don’t know how to start? Any guidance is appreciated!

    Sincerely,
    Ahdea Jarvis
    Ray Jarvis
    Atlanta Falcons, Buffalo Bills
    Detroit Lions, New England Patriots
    1971 – 1979