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NFL Hall of Famer Denied California Workers’ Comp Diagnosed with CTE


Posted on Dec 05, 2013

A National Football League Hall of Famer seeking compensation for brain-injuries sustained during his time playing professional league football has recently been diagnosed with early signs of chronic traumatic encephalopathy, or CTE. Autopsies for several former NFL players have shown the disease, which is linked to dementia, depression, and suicide.

Tony Dorsett, now age 59, formerly of the Dallas Cowboys and the Denver Broncos, initially had his workers’ compensation claim denied in May 2013, when a judge determined that a settlement made in 1991, for $85,000 to “multiple orthopedic body parts” waived his right to further complications.

A three-judge panel affirmed the decision this August, claiming that the settlement protected the Dallas Cowboys and Denver Broncos from any further claims made on almost any other part of Dorsett’s body, including the head.

According to court records, Dorsett’s attorney did not file an appeal after the August decision and is not able to discuss the case at this time.

Dorsett told reporters on ESPN’s “Outside the Lines” that he is struggling to cope with symptoms of the disorder. “My quality of living has changed drastically and it deteriorates every day,” he said.

“I’ve thought about crazy stuff, sort of like, ‘Why do I need to continue going through this?’ I’m too smart of a person, I like to think, to take my life, but it’s crossed my mind.”

Individuals entering into the workers’ compensation process without legal representation will often find themselves at a serious disadvantage. Before you file, schedule a no-cost case review with an experienced Shasta worker’s compensation attorney.  Call the Ledgerwood Law Group today at 888-761-7383 to learn more. Our information-packed report, The Northern California Workers’ Compensation Survival Manual, is available free to your request.

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