As featured on California Lawyer, January 2011 edition, former athletes are starting to seek workers' comp as a result of brain injuries or trauma. The lead plaintiff featured in the article is Fred McNeill of my alma mater, UCLA. McNeill was a great collegian, makes a great appearance and is in that sense the perfect plaintiff. The law firm representing him is a leader in workers' compensation and has led fight in asbestos and other alleged toxins.
Here is a thought....as part of the NFL negotiations (to be subject of other columns), both management and the union should tackle this issue. Neither side looks good right now. I know the league has adopted new rules regarding concussions, but no one should ignore the crippled warriors of years gone by. By the same token, I would suggest that there is always the need to watch for fakes and imaginers. My suggestion is an independent board funded by the owners and the players to derive a compensation system and more importantly, a monitoring system. Encourage readers' ideas on this one.