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BIAA Affidavit Included in Approved NFL Settlement


Yesterday, federal district court judge Anita Brody gave final approval to the proposed settlement in the case brought by more than 5,000 former players who accused the National Football League (NFL) of hiding the dangers of concussions from its players.

The Brain Injury Association of America (BIAA) filed an amicus curiae motion on September 30, 2014, and included an affidavit outlining key facts about brain injury and several limitations of the settlement as it was written at that time. BIAA’s National Medical Director Brent Masel, M.D. and National Medical Director Emeritus Greg O’Shanick, M.D. wrote the affidavit.

In granting her final approval of the settlement Judge Brody denied BIAA’s motion to file an amicus brief in the case, but she admitted the affidavit to the record.

“Getting the facts about brain injury on the record was one of our main goals in filing our request for amicus status in the NFL case,” said BIAA’s president and CEO Susan H. Connors after the ruling was announced Wednesday. ““As the voice for 2.5 million children and adults who sustain traumatic brain injuries in the U.S. each year, we were heard. We invite the players and their families to join us in our fight to spread help, hope and healing nationwide.”

Copies of documents relating to the motion can be found at

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