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
SEXUAL ABUSE TASK FORCE AND RHPA AMENDMENTS
In December 2014, the Minister of Health and Long-Term Care (Dr. Eric Hoskins) appointed a Task Force on the Sexual Abuse of Patients and the Regulated Health Professions Act. A draft of the Task Force report was first tabled with the Minister and the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care early in 2016. Some amendments to the Report were made and the Report entitled " To Zero: Independent Report of the Minister’s Task Force on the Prevention of Sexual Abuse of Patients and the Regulated Health Professions Act, 1991" was released on September 9, 2016.
Please see the Member's Only Regulation Portal for a summary of the recommendations by the Task Force, and a report on the first consultation held by the Ministry.
OATA Participates in Liberal Women's Caucus Golf Tournament, Rattlesnake Point, August 25, 2016
As we have done in previous years, the OATA sent a representative to participate in the annual Liberal Women's Caucus Golf Tournament. Board Member, Dr. Frances Flint represented the OATA this year and had an opportunity to speak to both the Premier and to the Deputy Premier about the Athletic Therapy profession and how greater utilization of and access to Athletic Therapists can benefit Ontario's healthcare delivery system.
From left to right: Debbie Humphreys, Acting CEO, Ontario Association of Non-Profit Homes and Services for Seniors; Don Gracey, The CG Group; Premier Kathleen Wynne; Dr. Kel Sherkin, OPMA President; Dr. Frances Flint, Board Member, Ontario Athletic Therapist Association.
From left to right: Debbie Humphreys, Acting CEO, Ontario Association of Non-Profit Homes and Services for Seniors; Kel Sherkin, President, OPMA; the Hon. Deb Matthews, Deputy Premier and Minister of Advanced Education and Skills Development and Minister Responsible for Digital Government; Dr. Frances Flint, Board Member, Ontario Athletic Therapist Association; and Don Gracey, The CG Group.
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