New York Daily News: Supreme Court ruling paves way for NFL retirees to receive concussion benefits

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Michael Kaplen was mentioned in this article by The New York Daily News entitled Supreme Court ruling paves way for NFL retirees to receive concussion benefits.

“It wasn’t unexpected,” Michael Kaplen, the past president of the Brain Injury Association of New York and an attorney specializing in brain injury cases, said of the Supreme Court’s decision. “But what you will see is players realizing they are not going to receive anything. Their lawyers are going to have to explain how their clients were hoodwinked into thinking this was such a great settlement.”

One of the problems of the settlement, Kaplen says, is that if an NFL player is diagnosed with the crippling, degenerative brain disease, chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), after the date of the settlement, he would not be entitled to benefits. “They will get nothing,” said Kaplen. “There is going to be a revolution when guys realize they’re getting nothing. It will be interesting to watch the claims resolution process. It’s stacked against these players.”

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