Concussion history forces Vikings’ Carlson to ponder NFL future
Dec 20, 2013
|Minneapolis Star Tribune||
He has suffered three known concussions in six NFL seasons and, according to various reports, two additional ones during his college career at Notre Dame.
Larry Lamade, wrote in a memo to Ell last year that while orthopedic impairments can be ascribed to football activities, “This is not the state of scientific and medical research at the present time regarding concussions and neurological impairments”.
Larry Lamade you were at my denial for my earned Bell/Rozelle disability benefits in 1995. Even though I was rated “80% or greater disabled” by NFL Dr. Hugh Unger and he wrote in his medical examination; “must be able to rest frequently on the job.” Dr. Unger wrote I can do sedentary work. I asked what sedentary work he had in mind and I am still waiting for an answer. (That was 18 years ago)
So Larry, the NFL does not ascribe orthopedic impairments in football because the Bell/Rozelle disability plan ruled that an 80% or greater disability rating and being required to rest frequently on the job is not a Total and Permanent disability. I was told to go find a sedentary job.
In my opinion, this proposed concussion settlement seems and sounds just like my denial for disability benefits in 1995. It appears to be a complete debacle just like the Bell/Rozelle disability plan still is today.