Judge Anita Brody
Critics of the deal have said the league, with annual revenues approaching $10 billion, was getting off lightly. They could raise objections at a fairness hearing scheduled for Nov. 19, and ultimately opt out of the settlement.
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Disability Attorney John Hogan
I thought I would pass this along to you for posting, so that disabled players don’t get caught in a squeeze. The Social Security Administration has started a massive review of individuals who are on disability benefits. They are planning to do so on a scale that they have not approached in decades. They are looking to cease the benefits of anyone who they feel is no longer disabled, either due to work activity; or, because they feel that their condition has improved to the point that they may be capable of returning to work. “Younger individuals” – those under 50 years of age, will most likely those subject to possible cessation of benefits. However, a person of any age (up to full Social Security retirement age) could be reviewed and ceased.
Monthly Social Security benefits and Medicaid and/or Medicare are vital for many thousands of Americans, and surely many retired NFL players. In addition, if a retired player is also receiving NFL disability, that may be subject to review if their Social Security is ceased. I am not sure how the Plan will handle it, but in such cases they might send the player to an evaluation with one of the Plan’s “neutral” physicians.
Kyle Turley played 109 career games in 10 years for the Saints, Rams and Chiefs from 1998 to 2007.
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Former Miami Dolphins great Dan Marino has filed a lawsuit against the NFL, claiming the league concealed information about football-related brain injuries and misled players. (Associated Press)