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NFL Concussion Settlement

NFL Concussion Settlement

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Smith & Stallworth, Attorneys at Law is now representing and seeking to represent former NFL players suffering from chronic traumatic encephalopathy, or CTE, and other degenerative cognitive conditions resulting from concussions sustained during game play. This is a class action settlement that has received initial approval and is currently being mediated by retired U.S. District Court Judge Layn Phillips to ensure all affected parties receive proper compensation when final approval is given.

Our dedicated legal team is prepared to represent all individuals, families, and loved ones who have suffered due to these debilitating conditions the NFL fought to conceal and distance itself from. We have the resources to establish your eligibility for compensation and will ensure that your pain and suffering is accounted for as part of this class action settlement. Contact us today for more information.

Who is eligible for compensation?

Those eligible for compensation in a class action settlement are called the "Settlement Class." The settlement class for this settlement is as follows:

  • Retired NFL players: any football players who have retired from the NFL, AFL, NFL Europe League, NFL Europa League, or World league of American Football prior to July 7, 2014. Players who were part of the roster of these leagues who participated in pre, regular, or post season can also be part of this settlement class.
  • Derivative claimants: spouses, children, and other family members who are eligible to sue on behalf of a deceased retired NFL player due to their relationship with the deceased allowable by state law.
  • Representative claimants: any officially authorized representatives of incompetent, legally incapacitated, or deceased retired NFL players.

Two "subclasses" are also defined here: Subclass 1 recognizes players who retired before July 7, 2014 who have not diagnosed with concussion-related injuries or conditions (but may be in the future). Subclass 2 are those players who have retired before July 7, 2014 who have already been diagnosed with these conditions.

The concussion-related conditions that are noted in this settlement are:

  • ALS
  • Alzheimer's Disease
  • Level 1.5 Neurocognitive Impairment/early Dementia
  • Level 2 Neurocognitive Impairment/moderate Dementia
  • Parkinson's Disease
  • CTE (chronic traumatic encephalopathy)
  • Death

Please note here that current NFL players (or current players of any of the Member Clubs mentioned) are not included in this settlement class. Additionally, those former players who did retire before July 7, 2014 are eligible even if they are enrolled in the NFL Retirement Plan.

How do I know if I medically qualify?

At Smith & Stallworth, Attorneys at Law, we already have a network of qualified specialists in place to help you determine whether or not you could medically qualify for this settlement. These include doctors, neurologists, neuro-psychologists, and other medical professionals.

These professionals can provide clear and compelling documentation of your cognitive condition and support your eligibility to receive compensation under this settlement. These evaluations are at no additional cost to our clients and are part of comprehensive service we always strive to provide the injury victims who depend on us.

How will I receive benefits?

Receiving money as part of a class action settlement is a matter of registering. All settlement classes must do this in order to be evaluated and recognized as eligible to submit a claim. Time to do this, however, will be limited.

The deadlines to submit a claim are as followed:

  • For all retired players (and representative claimants) who have been diagnosed by the settlement approval date (to be determined), claims must be submitted within two years of the start of the registration period (not yet announced).
  • For all retired players (and representative claimants) who become diagnosed after the settlement approval date (to be determined), claims must be submitted within two years of the date of the diagnosis.

If your claim is denied or if the determination of your compensation is not satisfactory, re-submissions and appeals will be possible. This is particularly important for former players whose medical conditions worsen over time and need to be reconsidered for financial relief.

Do I need a lawyer to receive compensation?

It is expected during this process that all claimants will be represented by counsel. The courts have appointed a team of attorneys that will represent the settlement class free of charge—but who will receive a "set aside" percentage of the granted compensation to be determined at a later date.

At Smith & Stallworth, Attorneys at Law, our fees are always contingency based and set by an industry standard—not a "to be determined" percentage a team of lawyers decides they deserve. This is because we not only believe in thoroughly representing for our clients, but advocating for them—and that means making sure they are informed about their prospects and their potential compensation through every step of this daunting process.

Don’t hesitate—act now!

While final approval of this class action settlement is still pending, the time to mobilize and prepare your claim is now. Join the hundreds of former NFL and Member Club players who will be aggressively seeking recognition in this settlement by choosing Smith & Stallworth, Attorneys at Law today.

You do not have to face this difficult process alone. Contact us for a free consultation.

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