4th Circ. Rules NFL Retirement Plan Wrongly Denied Benefits

By Matthew Perlman (June 23, 2017, 9:03 PM EDT) -- The Fourth Circuit on Friday sided with former NFL linebacker Jesse Solomon, who is seeking higher disability benefits from the league's retirement plan for cognitive impairments resulting from head injuries, finding that the plan ignored evidence of when the player became disabled.

A three-judge panel affirmed a Maryland district court's March 2016 ruling that found the Bert Bell/Pete Rozelle NFL Player Retirement Plan had wrongfully denied Solomon's request for a higher level of benefits. Solomon, who said he can no longer work due to cognitive disabilities that are consistent with chronic traumatic encephalopathy, was deemed totally and permanently disabled by the plan in...

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