Judge Brody denied Preliminary Approval of the settlement

Jan 14, 2014

The judge smelled a rat!



The proposed concussion settlement stinks!!!

Here is a copy of Judge Brody’s Order for your review.




What do you think? Make a comment




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11 Responses so far | Have Your Say!

  1. Dalva Allen
    January 14th, 2014 at 3:31 pm #

    I am looking forward to getting something for my headaches & blurred vision but it is looking doubtful i was 79 years old yesterday. Dalva Allen.

  2. Joe S.
    January 14th, 2014 at 4:07 pm #

    As an insurance agent, I do know this. Do not look at the amount of claim money available, examine the ability to get the money and whether or not the process will be fair!
    I can promise you 1 Billion dollars, but if I muddle the process for you to get your claim; enough said. Trust, but verify…lol.

  3. Kelly Ramsey
    January 14th, 2014 at 4:45 pm #

    The NFL and all the “counselors” involved wanted closure and “quick payment.” Judge Brody had a duty to see that the agreement was fair to the plaintiffs (players). She has done her duty by not allowing this agreement to take place. Anyone could see that the settlement amount was extremely insufficient to cover the past and future claimants. Hats off to Judge Brody. The NFL will now have to loosen their purse strings. Hang in there everyone!! Hang in there til it hurts!

    Kelly Ramsey, son
    “Rocket Ray” Ramsey #87 Chicago Cardinals

  4. Darryl Grant
    January 14th, 2014 at 5:16 pm #

    Looks like the players attorneys were ready to take their Fees and run and leave us short again. This says a lot .

  5. Larry Kaminski
    January 14th, 2014 at 5:35 pm #

    Dave and Independent Players…

    Get ready for the next charade. I talkek to my attorney regarding this issue and my chances of recovery of funds. He said it would take a great deal of effort to have me approved based on the settlement rules.. I have paperwork, scans, medical valuation from pyscologists who spent 2 days testing and speaking to me regarding my behavior issues. The final wperwork resulted in a decision that I have brain damage, head damage, and other issues from cotinous trauma from my playing day 1966..,1973. The attorney will still have to prove to the NFL that this paperwork is valid by there terms…maybe more exams and prodding and poking…guys this is just what I thought…screw them and continue to hoodwink with promises….gents we have no value to these owners…you guys still hanging around the locker room …eating the free food and booze…get a grip…you are being used while screwing your team mates. How do you not want to get violent when you see so many old timers, their wives, and men suffering.

    Thanks for allowing me to spout.

    Larry Kaminski

  6. Don Brady, PhD, PsyD, Licensed Psychologist
    January 14th, 2014 at 8:34 pm #

    Kudos to the judge !

    I consult to several nursing homes (now often called care centers)…and thus frequently witness the adverse effects of Dementia, Alheizmer’s and Parkinson’s on numerous adults AND their respective families.

    The residential fees for each center in central NY is over $100,000.00 per year…

    If you do the math… the $700,000+ proposed settlement is a mere drop in the bucket…

    and thus this settlement amount needs to be substantially reconsidered…

    and I would hope very clear definitions exit for ALL disability related terms…terms such as MCI (mild cognitive impairment).

    Lawyers are very aware that vaguely defined terms will create more confussion, and thus a befuddling mess of more delays and denials is apt to occur.

  7. Darryl Grant
    January 15th, 2014 at 4:49 am #

    It looks like to me the lawyers worked their own deal with the Nfl for 112 million dollars. This is a foul mess. Throwing us under the bus.

    January 15th, 2014 at 8:40 am #

    The NFL,NFL care program, and the NFLPA makes me angry. These people are not going to help you.

  9. Charlie Waters
    January 15th, 2014 at 9:20 am #

    The NFL settled early because they found out the Documentary of “League in Denial” was soon to air and therein lies the reason for the quick settlement. As they said in that Doc, “The NFL is living in a dream world”. They don’t want to accept responsibility for damages we incurred while making them millions!!!!! They are liable! We must NOT let them “skate”.

    Charlie Waters
    Dallas: 1970-1982

  10. Joe S.
    January 16th, 2014 at 1:02 pm #

    Hope all is well. First, the $675 mill base settlement after $112 mill in attorney fees, the average compensation for each individual player will be $37,500 for approximately 18,000 retirees; clearly not enough concerning the costs of healthcare for a retiree’s lifetime of pain. So if we take the average of 37,500 and assume that each retiree’s needs will different based on severity, as evaluated by the BAP ( lol ), clearly, there will be individuals left with little to nothing; based on each of our experience with the medical bills.

    The settlement amount “appears” to be fair, but it is not. It holds harmless the NFL for future NFL retiree claims and any exposure to research concerning their negligence; what, when, how, and why. There also needs a revelation of the actuarial numbers based on the medical claims filed by NFL retirees versus a amount of money needed to cover their medical expenses; on average during a lifetime of disability for a NFL retiree. I have no idea of the NFL retirees claims filed and the overall annual costs. The NFL knows. Was this revealed in court?

    In the insurance hustle, approval of a claim concerning a risk event depends solely on the interpretation by the CMA who examines the insurers guidelines in correlation to the claimant, bar any absolutes, thus there is inherent bias in the evaluation of claims. What is the bias of the BAP? The bias of the CMA? Mr. Perry Golkin? It is like investing in an equity that has had past small returns; obviously past performance is no indication of future results, however based on probabilities, you will gain a small yield from that investment. The NFL is horrible concerning the reconciliation of current disability claims!

    I have heard the assumption of risk being whispered by the NFL legal team. If an individual if fully and adequately informed about a risk, then this would be applicable. Smoking a cigarette was not an “assumable risk” in the past until the consumer was adequately informed, present day , with warning labels and public messaging. There was a “ Big Tobacco” cover-up concerning cigarettes. Such is the case with the NFL.

    All the best –

  11. Tom Baugh
    January 19th, 2014 at 5:08 am #

    Larry Kaminski has it right. Most of us will never see a dime with the current formula. Phases out older guys by huge percentages. 60 and 70 year old guys might get 10-20% of what they will fight years to get. We’re not being compensated for the leagues failure to inform. The focus needs to return to that. Every guy that played prior to 1993 has been damaged by the leagues failure to inform us what they knew. They might be able to quiet the families of the deceased with what is essentially hush money. But they should have to fight the rest of us UNTIL. UNTIL each guy receives compensation for the leagues failure to communicate health issues which we could have used to seek treatment. Don’t be complacent.. Keep fighting ..UNTIL… Anyone else interested in mass- suicide? Would our families be compensated? Would there be enough money?