PUBLIC AWARENESS - 2017
The first two claims in the NFL’s billion-dollar concussion settlement were announced Thursday, a total of $9 million in benefits.
The U.S. District Court of the Eastern District of Pennsylvania overseeing the process was notified Thursday through a joint status report filed by the class and the NFL that the claims were approved. The names of the former players were not disclosed as part of the filings.
The payouts were for $5 million for a qualifying diagnosis of ALS (Lou Gehrig’s Disease), and $4 million for a qualifying diagnosis of CTE (Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy).
Those amounts mean that both individuals played a minimum of five NFL seasons and were diagnosed before their 45th birthdays.
Because CTE can only be diagnosed once someone has died, the player’s estate would be collecting that payout, approved on June 5. THE ALS claim was approved on May 26.
The claims process for monetary awards opened on March 23. There is also a baseline assessment program that launched on June 6.
Players who already have been diagnosed with ALS, Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s or dementia are eligible for payments. The league has estimated that 6,000 former players — or nearly three in 10 — could develop Alzheimer’s disease or moderate dementia.
More than 14,500 class members out of a potential well above 20,000 have registered for benefits ahead of the Aug. 7 deadline. That can include former players or their families.
Canadian Contingent at the 4th Matthew Gfeller Sport-Related
Neurotrauma Symposium on March 3rd & 4th 2017
There were over 300 attendees including approximately 60 Athletic Therapists from various provinces.
Back Row from Left to Right
Dr Jason Mihalik (event Organizor), C. Gus Kandilas
Julie Dickson, Loriann Hynes, Mike Robinson, Cindy Hughes, Elsa Orecchio, Jim McLeod, Mike Racine