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BostonTim 04-14-2012 10:02 PM

Concussion Plaintiffs
I'm a little surprised that Ted Johnson doesn't appear to be there yet.

Cheers, BostonTim

grog 04-15-2012 08:34 AM

He keeps forgetting to sign the form...:facepalm:

chevss454 04-15-2012 08:54 AM

NFLPA on NFLPA fratricide.

Flagg the Wanderer 04-17-2012 01:32 PM

Given that a stroke is a blood clot in the brain, I wonder what the stroke rate is among NFLers. Assuming you could link that, do you think Tedy would join into this?
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dchester 04-17-2012 01:36 PM


Originally Posted by Flagg the Wanderer (Post 1865764)
Given that a stroke is a blood clot in the brain, I wonder what the stroke rate is among NFLers. Assuming you could link that, do you think Tedy would join into this?
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No, because in his case, they determined that the blood clotting was due to a heart condition (that they went in and repaired).

Flagg the Wanderer 04-17-2012 02:17 PM

Ah. Didn't know that.

Still curious about the rate of stroke for players.
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grog 06-07-2012 09:46 AM

All the lawsuits are being rolled into one mega suit.

Mega-Lawsuit Says NFL Hid Brain Injury Links
By MARYCLAIRE DALE Associated Press
PHILADELPHIA June 7, 2012 (AP)

A concussion-related lawsuit bringing together scores of cases has been filed in federal court, accusing the NFL of hiding information that linked football-related head trauma to permanent brain injuries.

Lawyers for former players say more than 80 pending lawsuits are consolidated in the "master complaint" filed Thursday in Philadelphia.

Plaintiffs hope to hold the NFL responsible for the care of players suffering from dementia, Alzheimer's disease and other neurological conditions. Other former players remain asymptomatic, but worry about the future and want medical monitoring.

The suit accuses the NFL of "mythologizing" and glorifying violence through the media, including its NFL Films division.

"The NFL, like the sport of boxing, was aware of the health risks associated with repetitive blows producing sub-concussive and concussive results and the fact that some members of the NFL player population were at significant risk of developing long-term brain damage and cognitive decline as a result," the complaint charges.

"Despite its knowledge and controlling role in governing player conduct on and off the field, the NFL turned a blind eye to the risk and failed to warn and/or impose safety regulations governing this well-recognized health and safety problem."

The league has denied similar accusations in the past.

"Our legal team will review today's filing that is intended to consolidate plaintiffs' existing claims into one "master" complaint," the NFL said in a statement. "The NFL has long made player safety a priority and continues to do so. Any allegation that the NFL sought to mislead players has no merit. It stands in contrast to the league's many actions to better protect players and advance the science and medical understanding of the management and treatment of concussions."

Mary Ann Easterling will remain a plaintiff despite the April suicide of her husband, former Atlanta Falcons safety Roy Easterling, who had been a named plaintiff in a suit filed last year.

Easterling, 62, suffered from undiagnosed dementia for many years that left him angry and volatile, his widow said. He acted out of character, behaving oddly at family parties and making risky business decisions that eventually cost them their home. They were married 36 years and had one daughter. She believes the NFL has no idea what families go through.

"I wish I could sit down with (NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell) and share with him the pain. It's not just the spouses, it's the kids, too," Easterling, 59, told The Associated Press from her home in Richmond, Va. "Kids don't understand why Dad is angry all the time."

Roy Easterling played for the Falcons from 1972 to 1979, helping to lead the team's "Gritz Blitz" defense in 1977 that set the NFL record for fewest points allowed in a season. He never earned more than $75,000 from the sport, his widow said. After his football career, he started a financial services company, but had to abandon the career in about 1990, plagued by insomnia and depression, she said.

"I think the thing that was so discouraging was just the denial by the NFL," Mary Ann Easterling said. "His sentiment toward the end was that if he had a choice to do it all over again, he wouldn't (play). ... He was realizing how fast he was going downhill."


OSUBuckeye 06-07-2012 10:41 AM

I heard former cowboy Daryl Johnston on Sirius NFL radio last week say that he is proud that none of his former temmates are on the list. He said a bunch of them got together at coach Joe Avezzano's funeral.

Johnston sounds like it's guys chasing the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow.
His words, not mine

Beaglebay 06-15-2012 02:15 PM

They are known as the invisible injuries. They may not result in bruises, breaks, or even loss of limb but the results of concussions can be disastrous, leading to severe brain trauma as well as psychological and neurological disorders.
They are injuries that the NFL knows too well. Six out of 10 NFL athletes have suffered concussions and nearly one-third reported having three or more, according to a 2000 study conducted by the American Academy of Neurology. In a more recent study, conducted in 2007 by the University of North Carolina's Center for the Study of Retired Athletes, 20 percent of the retired athletes who recalled having three or more concussions suffered from depression.
But while the consequences are pervasive, the problem is not unique to athletes.
For General Raymond T. Odierno, chief of staff for the U.S. Army, concussions are often looked at as lesser injuries and are rarely discussed among his soldiers.
"We have to make them [the soldiers] understand that you have to come forward because it has to be treated," Odierno said.

More at link.

CleatMarks 06-20-2012 10:51 AM


Originally Posted by OSUBuckeye (Post 1889798)
I heard former cowboy Daryl Johnston on Sirius NFL radio last week say that he is proud that none of his former temmates are on the list. He said a bunch of them got together at coach Joe Avezzano's funeral.

Johnston sounds like it's guys chasing the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow.
His words, not mine

I have read this post and I've just got to comment. I like Moose but this is about the most bone-headed statement he could make. If any of his teammates are suffering in silence right now, this is going to push them right back into the closet.

I'm sure there are a few who are as he said but I suspect the majority just want things addressed. Either way, he's wrong and should have been called on it.

The "tough guy" crap has to be put on the back burner and the impact has to be studied. If there's nothing that can be done and it's just a risk of the game, then so be it but judging people who may have real issues, is just dumb.

Don't forget Moose, the final chapter on your life hasn't been written yet either. You're just 46 too and those nagging injuries are just going to get worse and if you happen to be one of the unlucky ones when early dementia sets in, you might change your tune when your family has to change your depends, as the memory of them fades with each passing day.

Beaglebay 07-26-2012 11:27 AM

NFL launches wellness program for players
LYNN DeBRUIN | July 26, 2012 11:43 AM EST |
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NEW YORK In an offseason marked by Junior Seau's suicide and scores of lawsuits over brain injuries, the NFL on Thursday launched a comprehensive wellness program for current and retired players including a confidential mental health Life Line.
"There is no higher priority for the National Football League than the health and wellness of our players," NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said in an email Thursday to more than 11,000 players announcing NFL Total Wellness. "This service is here for you."
An outside agency will run NFL Life Line, a free consultation service to inform players and family members about the signs of crisis, symptoms of common mental health problems, as well as where to get help. Experts in suicide prevention and substance abuse are among those involved in developing and administering the program.
The site also features special video messages from various NFL stars, including Brett Favre, Michael Irvin, Michael Strahan, Herschel Walker, Jevon Kearse and Cris Carter, urging players to get help and know they are not alone.
The announcement came as many training camps are getting under way.
It also comes just days after former Raiders quarterback Ken Stabler became the latest big name from the NFL's past to sue the league over head injuries.
Stabler is the first plaintiff among 73 listed in a federal lawsuit filed Monday in Philadelphia, where other cases involving more than 2,400 players recently were consolidated into one master complaint.

Like Stabler, the other retirees claim the NFL did not do enough to shield them from the long-term effects of repeated hits to the head, even when medical evidence established a connection between head trauma in football and health problems later in life.
Stabler, 66, claimed in the lawsuit he has experienced cognitive difficulties, including headaches, dizziness, depression, fatigue, sleep problems, irritability and numbness/tingling in his spine.
Others raised questions only after their deaths.
Seau's family recently requested that brain tissue of the NFL linebacker be sent to the National Institutes of Health for examination.
The former All-Pro died May 2 of a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the chest. He was 43, just 2 1/2 years retired from a career that saw him chosen to 12 Pro Bowls.
His death had similarities to that of former Chicago Bears safety Dave Duerson, who died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the chest last year. Duerson left a suicide note, asking that his brain be studied for signs of trauma.
While not mentioning the lawsuits or deaths, Goodell's emailed letter noted that members of the NFL family are not immune to challenges all individuals face.
The video messages emphasize that.
Irvin, in a poignant message filmed last month, addressed his "brothers" and urged them to be open.
"We are part of an NFL family," Irvin said. "We do have to look out for one another the way we did on the football field. . We have to share with one another . but we don't talk. We shut up and . we implode. We put ourselves in isolation and that's the worst thing you can do."
Thursday's announcement came following a meeting at NFL offices attended by Goodell, Dr. David Satcher, a former U.S. Surgeon General, and NFL execs Robert Gulliver and Troy Vincent, who will direct the new program.
Satcher has conducted 14 mental health forums for NFL retired players over the past two years and will coordinate more events across the country as well as online webinars.
Gulliver, NFL executive vice president of human resources and chief diversity officer, helped spearhead quality-of-workplace initiatives in the league office. Vincent, vice president of NFL Player Engagement, will continue to provide players with advice to thrive during and after their playing careers.
Gulliver and Vincent are charged with establishing an advisory board that will include former players and coaches and medical professionals. The board in part will help develop a training program for peer counselors and transition coaches.

HSanders 08-11-2012 02:26 PM

They're SOOOOO concerned about concussions that they'd rather sue then join a study. What a bunch of BS.
Brain study offer draws sparse response from former players

Posted by Mike Florio on August 11, 2012, 1:49 PM EDT

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Now that football is back (sort of), there will be fewer hours in the day to devote to stories about the concussion crisis. But a recent column from Ross Tucker of merits a quick mention.

Tucker says that, in April, he received an invitation from Andre Collins, the NFLPA’s Director of Former Player Services, to participate in the Former NFL Players Brain & Body Health Program, a function of the Center for the Study of Retired Athletes at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill.

Tucker recently took the union up on the offer. And of all the former NFL players, Tucker was only the third to do so.

With more than 3,000 former players suing the NFL for concussions and more joining the effort all the time, there should be more than three who would take advantage of an opportunity to find out where they currently stand.

Plenty of players probably already have received medical attention and/or evaluation. And the lawyers representing the former players suing for concussions undoubtedly are leery about the possible generation of medical findings that a player who claims to be impaired is actually fine.

Still, with nearly every former NFL player having played high school and college football before heading to the NFL, far more than three should be concerned about getting a snapshot regarding the current health of their brains.

Beaglebay 08-14-2012 04:24 PM

NFL insurer no longer wants to defend league

08/14 1:36 PM
A company that the NFL was hoping it could count on to help in its defense against concussion lawsuits is seeking to separate itself from the league.

A company that the NFL was hoping it could count on to help in its defense against concussion lawsuits is seeking to separate itself from the league.Alterra America Insurance, which provided the NFL with an excess casualty insurance policy last season, has asked for a New York State Supreme Court judge to issue a declaratory judgment in its favor that would clear the firm from having to defend the league and pay for the damages associated with litigation that now involves more than 3,000 former players. Many of the player suits have been consolidated into a single case in a district court in Pennsylvania.
In a complaint filed on Monday, Alterra said the league had expressed it was expecting the company to be involved in both defending and covering the league should they lose in court.
Calls and emails made to Alterra, and a lawyer representing them, were not returned.
NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy said league officials couldn't specifically comment because its legal team has not been served with the papers related to the action.
McCarthy provided with a statement the league has been using for some time.
"The NFL has long made player safety a priority and continues to do so. Any allegation that the NFL intentionally sought to mislead players has no merit. It stands in contrast to the league's actions to better protect players and advance the science and medical understanding of the management and treatment of concussions."
Alterra, which only covered the league for one year, is one of many insurance companies with which the league has a policy. No other insurance company that has a relationship with the league has balked in defending and perhaps paying off future claims.
As the concussion lawsuits mount, a significant amount of pressure has been put on the insurance companies. In April, Riddell, the official helmet of the league which has been included in many of the player lawsuits, filed suit in California, after it said that three of the nine companies that it had insurance policies with -- ranging in time from 1959 to 1980 -- either failed to acknowledge the league had coverage with them or contested the insurance company wasn't liable for current claims against Riddell.

chevss454 08-24-2012 07:23 AM

This is beginning to get all too real.


SN concussion report: NFL could lose billions in player lawsuits

Beaglebay 05-25-2013 08:34 AM

Bill Barr couldn't believe it. It was early last year, and the New York University neuropsychologist had just received an email from National Institutes of Health neurologist Russ Lonser, thanking Barr and other experts for reviewing a series of brain injury research grant proposals for NFL Charities, the National Football League's philanthropic arm.

A few hours later, a second message appeared in Barr's inbox.
Russ: thank you and your reviewers from myself and the entire charities board. Well done!
"It was from Elliot Pellman," Barr says. "I was just surprised, thinking, 'Oh my gosh, he still has himself in there somehow.'"

You're an NFL player. You care about your brain. Do you want your health and safety connected in any way to a man who once wrote that concussions in professional football "are not serious injuries" and that "many [concussed] players can be safely allowed to return to play on the day of injury?" A man who spent nearly a decade downplaying and dismissing the long-term cognitive damage associated with repeated blows to the head, despite ample evidence to the contrary? A man who headed a league-created concussion committee that has been blasted by Congress, discredited by independent researchers and accused of producing dubious, industry-sponsored pro-tobacco pseudo-science that now serves as the smoldering gun for more than 4,000 lawsuits filed by former players against the league, alleging negligence and fraud?


Too bad. You're out of luck. The above man is real. His name is Elliot Pellman. A Long Island-based physician and former team doctor for the New York Jets, Pellman served as the chairman of the NFL's Mild Traumatic Brain Injury Committee from 1994 until 2007, when he resigned amid criticism. In subsequent years, the league has significantly altered its stance on brain trauma -- admitting that concussions can cause long-term cognitive harm, enacting stricter, standardized return-to-play rules for concussed players, donating money to medical research and even disbanding Pellman's committee, all part of what NFL commissioner Roger Goodell calls a "relentless" focus on health and safety.
So relentless, in fact, that Pellman is still giving the league medical advice.
Oh, and he's still involved with the league's brain-related health and safety efforts, too.

An article from 2003:

Doctor Yes

Elliot Pellman, the NFL's top medical adviser, claims it's okay for players with concussions to get back in the game. Time for a second opinion

by Peter Keating
"There's going to be some controversy about you going back to play." Elliot Pellman looks Wayne Chrebet in the eye in the fourth quarter of a tight game, Jets vs. Giants on Nov. 2, 2003, at the Meadowlands. A knee to the back of the head knocked Chrebet stone-cold unconscious a quarter earlier, and now the Jets' team doctor is putting the wideout through a series of mental tests. Pellman knows Chrebet has suffered a concussion, but the player is performing adequately on standard memory exercises. "This is very important for you," the portly physician tells the local hero, as was later reported in the New York Daily News. "This is very important for your career." Then he asks, "Are you okay?" When Chrebet replies, "I'm fine," Pellman sends him back in.

YOU GET KNOCKED DIZZY, maybe you black out, you slowly come to your senses. You feel strangely removed from your surroundings, maybe you have a seizure, maybe you puke. But you put your helmet back on as soon as you can walk straight. Any behavior, no matter how bizarre, becomes routine if someone repeats it often enough. And for decades, professional football players have adapted to concussions, shaking them off, calling them "dings," laughing about how they can't remember the number of blows to the head they have taken.

Only in recent years have scientists started to understand exactly what happens inside a brain when a head gets smashed and to explore why some players get hurt worse or cope better than others. The NFL is among those looking for answers, with good reason: According to league data, about 100 players a year suffer concussions from hits that average 98 times the force of gravity.

Pro football's powers-that-be began to study the subject formally in 1994. Following a rash of
head injuries to stars such as Troy Aikman and Steve Young, then-commissioner Paul Tagliabue established the Mild Traumatic Brain Injury (MTBI) Committee. He named Elliot Pellman, M.D., its chairman.

Since it first published research results in 2003, Pellman's committee has drawn a number of important conclusions about head trauma and how to treat it that contradict the research and experiences of many other doctors who treat sports concussions, not to mention the players who have suffered them. For example, Pellman and his colleagues wrote in January 2005 that returning to play after a concussion "does not involve significant risk of a second injury either in the same game or during the season." But a 2003 NCAA study of 2,905 college football players found just the opposite: Those who have suffered concussions are more susceptible to further head trauma for seven to 10 days after the injury.

Pellman and his group have also stated repeatedly that their work shows "no evidence of worsening injury or chronic cumulative effects of multiple MTBIs in NFL players." But a 2003 report by the Center for the Study of Retired Athletes at the University of North Carolina found a link between multiple concussions and depression among former pro players with histories of concussions. A 2005 follow-up study at the Center showed a connection between concussions and both brain impairment and Alzheimer's disease among retired NFL players.

Several former NFLers who took fierce hits to the head during their playing days have testified to the lasting effects of concussions. "I can't help but look at the concussions I sustained as a reason for the headaches, the depression, the blurred vision, the slurred speech that I might have at some times," Hall of Fame linebacker Harry Carson told Outside the Lines. Carson, who played for the Giants from 1976 to 1988, continued, "When I look back at the many hits I inflicted on people and at some of the hits I have gotten, it becomes clear to me that not only was I abusing my body, I was also abusing the gray matter in my skull."
Former fullback Merril Hoge, who played from 1987 to 1994, had his career ended by repeated concussions. "Six weeks after I was forced to retire, when I had started to feel better, I had an appearance at a wine-tasting event," says the ESPN analyst. "The moment the wine touched my lips, I went blind for the most terrifying 10 seconds of my life. My doctor later explained I had probably suffered trauma in the vision area of my brain. I think that speaks to the cumulative effects."

There are various reasons that the Pellman committee's findings might clash with these accounts and with other research. Recently active NFL players, whom the committee is studying, could differ from the subjects of other studies in some important way, such as their health or their protective equipment. Or one or more of the studies could be flawed. Concussions, after all, are a tricky subject, both because players don't like to report them and because they involve the complicated inner wirings of the brain. But Pellman is steadfast in his unwillingness to accept the work of others. "Pellman's committee has repeatedly questioned and disagreed with the findings of researchers who didn't come from their own injury group," says Julian Bailes, chairman of neurosurgery at West Virginia University. (Tagliabue declined to comment on Pellman or his research, and the NFL referred all questions for this story to Pellman.)

The NFL allows each team to manage concussions as it sees fit. When a player is injured, the team doctor, sometimes with input from trainers and specialists, decides when he can return to the field. In practice, according to Pellman's committee, 51.7% of players who suffer concussions—including a quarter of those who are knocked out—return in the same game. Pellman has written that "many NFL players can be safely allowed to return to play on the day of injury" and that "the current decisionmaking of NFL team physicians seems appropriate for return to the game after a concussion."

More at link.

The NFL is really hurting its case by continuing its connections to this quack, IMO.

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