$1 Billion NFL Concussion Settlement Approved For Payout
NFL Concussion Settlement Information
The U.S. Supreme Court declined to hear appeals from a small group of former NFL players who opposed the NFL Concussion Settlement Agreement. This means that the settlement agreement can become effective immediately. The settlement covers more than 20,000 former players and could be worth well over $1 billion when all is said and done. The agreement would provide payments of up to $5 million to players who have one of a handful of neurological disorders. Medical monitoring for all players to determine if they qualify for payment is also included in the agreement as well as money for education about concussions. Retired players who could be awarded the most money include those who have been diagnosed with ALS (Lou Gehrig’s Disease), Parkinson’s Disease, Alzheimer’s Disease or Dementia.
Next Steps for the NFL Settlement
All retired NFL players may be eligible for compensation. In addition, family members of deceased former players may be eligible to file a claim and receive compensation on behalf of their loved one.
- To receive any Settlement benefits, former players must register on or before 180 days from the effective date, which is the date when all appeals are resolved in favor of the settlement.
- Hiring an attorney to help with your NFL settlement claim could mean the difference between receiving the compensation you deserve and potentially having your claim denied.
- The NFL settlement claims process will involve very detailed paperwork with specific deadlines and document requests. We can help you gather all of the necessary information and make sure your paperwork is filed correctly and on time. Missing deadlines or incomplete paperwork may result in a denial or a long delay of compensation.
- We can also help you maximize your number of NFL-eligible seasons as well as ensure that you see a physician who is qualified to make an appropriate diagnosis.
- If a player, or family member of a deceased player, is initially denied by the NFL claims administrator, he/she has only 60 days from the date of the adverse notice to submit a challenge to the claims administrator. Our attorneys are qualified to help with erroneous denials and ensure your claim is properly processed for payment.
It costs you nothing for us to review and file a claim on your behalf. We only get paid if you receive a settlement. Don’t wait or you could miss your opportunity to receive compensation from the NFL! Contact us today.
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NFL Concussion News and Updates
- Supreme Court Asked to Reject NFL Concussion Settlement
Now a second group of former NFL players have petitioned the Supreme Court of the United States to reject the $1 billion settlement agreement reached between former players and the NFL. The most recent group of players to petition the Supreme Court argue that the agreement treats current brain injuries ...
- NFL to Launch $100 Million Concussion Initiative
The NFL is launching a $100 million concussion initiative in the hopes of improving player safety. $60 million will go towards technological development, in part to try and improve helmets for players while the other $40 million will go to funding medical research on the effects of head injuries. NFL ...
- Potential for One More Appeal in NFL Concussion Case
In the latest NFL concussion news, lawyers representing the estate of former Denver Bronco running back Cookie Gilchrist have petitioned the Supreme Court to hear the appeal of the NFL Concussion Settlement Agreement. This is the last chance to appeal for those who oppose the current settlement agreement. Gilchrist’s lawyers ...
- Court Denies Hearing Further Arguments on Approved NFL Settlement
The Third Circuit Court of Appeals denied the request by some former players to rehear arguments against the NFL Concussion Settlement Agreement. A group of former players objected to the Settlement Agreement’s treatment of chronic traumatic encephalopathy, CTE, and asked a larger panel of judges to consider hearing further arguments. ...
- Former Players Request Rehearing on Concussion Settlement Approval
The lawyers for several retired NFL players requested the entire Third Circuit Court of Appeals rehear arguments against the NFL Concussion Settlement Agreement. Last week a three-judge panel from the Third Circuit affirmed the approval of the agreement, however this group of players is now asking that a larger group ...
- Appeals Court Upholds $1 Billion NFL Concussion Settlement
The United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit upheld Federal District Court Judge Anita Brody’s Order approving the NFL Concussion Settlement. The appellate judges found the settlement “fair” and reasoned that it was “for the greater good of all players.” The three-judge panel sided with Judge Brody on ...
- Scientists Reveal Strong Link Between Football and Brain Trauma
Dr. Frank Conidi, director of the Florida Center for Headache and Sports Neurology, recently presented a study at the American Academy of Neurology’s annual meeting in Vancouver that reported some alarming results. Studying images from sophisticated MRI machines, Conidi analyzed the brains of 40 living former NFL players. What he ...
- NFL’s Flawed Concussion Research
An investigative report done by the New York Times revealed the National Football League’s concussion research was far more flawed than was previously known and that a long relationship existed between the league and Big Tobacco. The report focuses on research done by a committee formed by the NFL in ...
- NFL Executive Acknowledges Link to CTE
For years, the NFL has refuted evidence that there was a connection between football and the degenerative brain disease, chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE). However, at a recent Congressional hearing involving experts on CTE, Jeff Miller, the NFL’s senior vice president for health and safety policy, acknowledged that there is a ...
- NFL Needs to do More after another CTE Diagnosis
When former Oakland Raider quarterback Ken Stabler died in July of 2015 after a battle with colon cancer, he and his family donated his brain and spinal cord to Boston University’s CTE Center. Sadly, Stabler is the most recent deceased NFL player to be diagnosed with CTE. During his ...
- Former NFL Players Screen “Concussion” Movie Together
A couple of weeks before Christmas, Sports Illustrated brought 70 former NFL players together in Atlanta to watch a screening of the movie “Concussion.” The movie documents the story of pathologist Dr. Bennet Omalu and his battle to bring to light his theory that the brain disease CTE is linked ...
- Former Players Appeal NFL Concussion Settlement Agreement
A group of former NFL players filed an appeal asking the 3rd Circuit Court of Appeals to reject the NFL concussion settlement agreement because it excludes what they are calling “the signature brain disease of football.” As the agreement stands right now, players diagnosed with chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) in ...
- Federal Judge Approves NFL Concussion Settlement
Federal District Court Judge Anita Brody gave her final approval to a settlement agreement between the NFL and more than 5,000 former players who accused the league of hiding the dangers of concussions from the players. The agreement provides payments to former players who are diagnosed with one of several ...
Long-term Effects of Repeated NFL Concussions
Researchers with the Department of Veterans Affairs and Boston University have currently identified the degenerative brain disease chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) in the brains of 96 percent of the deceased former NFL players they’ve examined. The researchers believe that CTE stems from repeated head trauma and can lead to memory loss, depression, and dementia. Even more alarming is that 40% of the brains that tested positive for CTE were from offensive and defensive linemen. The researchers felt this fact supported earlier research suggesting that it is the repetitive minor head traumas that NFL players suffer on every play which pose the most risk to players and not the violent collisions which lead to concussions.
Dr. Ann McKee, the director and chief of neuropathology at the VA Boston Healthcare System, said these research figures are “remarkably consistent” with past research done by the group which suggested a link between football and long-term brain disease.
While CTE can only be officially diagnosed posthumously, potential symptoms could include a gradual deterioration in mental capabilities. There is the potential for symptoms of Parkinson’s disease to appear as well as dementia. Other severe neurological disorders associated with repeated blows to the head include ALS and Alzheimer’s disease.
Are You Eligible for an NFL Concussion Lawsuit?
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