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IFV-TV: Workers Compensation Discussion Panel

Jul 21, 2012

We’re bringing you a two-part broadcast in this post from our Independent Football Veterans Conference this past April in Las Vegas at the South Point. Certainly, one of the most important issues that affects many retirees is Workers Compensation. In recent years, a lot more cases have been ending with better outcomes for retired players.
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Our second panel featured a discussion on some of the latest information and studies on Workers Compensation. Retired Hall-of-Famer and California Workers Comp attorney Ron Mix kicks off with a great overview of how Workers Comp applies to retired football players and some of the actions the NFL has taken to stem applications. Attorney Bryan Round talks about his representation on behalf of football players and working with the local NFLPA Workers’ Comp Panel in Kansas City. In Part 2, retired player George Visger shares his personal, long – and ongoing – battle over the years with Workers Comp. Dave Pear moderates.
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4 Responses so far | Have Your Say!

  1. Myron M. Guyton
    July 22nd, 2012 at 9:56 pm #

    Myron Guyton

    I just want to thank you all for posting this piece for all of us to share. There is a lot of useful information here if players would just take the time to review it. I have followed the road that John Hogan is outlining and I can tell you that it does work. But you have to be very detailed because they look for any mistake to deny our benefits.

    The biggest thing that stood out in me listening to John Hogan speak was at the end where the retired played discusses his relationship with the NFLPA and how he does understand why we all don’t get along and just work together. That’s a good question: Why don’t guys that are on either side join hands with our brothers and just help get things corrected.

    Sometimes we look at the organization instead of looking at the people in the organization. Because if we look at the people you’ll see that we are all retired players. Come on, guys, let’s get this right and start with looking at the things that we all agree with and work from there. We’re all retired players who gave our all on the field for each other. Why can’t we do it now that we’re off the field? I love all of you guys and if I can be of any assistance, please contact me.

    I have been through the California Workers Comp and I’ve been through SSDI as well as the NFL Total and Permanently Disability process. And I would be honored to share whatever info I can to help my fellow players.

    Thank you,
    Myron M. Guyton
    New York Giants, New England Patriots
    1989 – 1996

  2. Janet & Michael C. McCoy
    July 23rd, 2012 at 7:18 am #

    Mike C. McCoy

    George,

    Your story is amazing! Thank you so much for sharing. Michael did not have any brain surgeries but had many so other surgeries. Since Michael’s diagnosis of dementia, I have heard many other players’ stories but yours is by far the worst.

    How you managed to go through life is truly a gift from God.

    Janet Brown-McCoy
    for Mike McCoy
    Green Bay Packers
    1976 – 1983

  3. Brian J. Nemeth
    July 24th, 2012 at 12:52 pm #

    Brian Nemeth

    WHAT IS THE DEFINITION OF A RETIRED PLAYER? Do you have to be VESTED to be a RETIRED PLAYER? WHAT ABOUT ME WHO WAS PARALYZED ON A BLOCK MY FIRST YEAR AND SPENT THE REST OF MY LIFE TRYING TO WALK?

    Am I truly dog food? My Harrington rods slipped after 17 years and almost severed my spine. They removed them and saved me again. I’m having my fourth operation this year so I can use the bathroom and have other basic functions again. I want to know if I am left out of this organization or not. I’m not vested but I was still there. Someone tell me. In 2001, I should have been dead. Then it only took me two years to walk again. I guess it just doesn’t matter.

    George V is my inspiration. If he can do it then I can too but I will not stay in a wheelchair nor will I have someone else support me. Thank God for Workers Comp! But I fight Workers Comp to keep from being declared totally disabled simply because I don’t know what will happen to me if I do it!

    Thanks for your story, George, it keeps me going.

    Brian J. Nemeth
    1976 draft from South Carolina
    to San Francisco 49ers
    (unknown T.E.)

  4. Ira Matthews
    July 30th, 2012 at 3:59 pm #

    Ira Matthews

    I want to thank John Hogan for the Disability info. SS first, then NFL second worked for me.

    No lawyers involved!

    Ira Matthews
    Oakland Raiders 1979 – 1981
    Green Bay Packers 1982

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