NFL Concussion Settlement
Information from Trusted Tampa Personal Injury Attorneys
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:
- Alzheimer's Disease
- Level 1.5 Neurocognitive Impairment/early Dementia
- Level 2 Neurocognitive Impairment/moderate Dementia
- Parkinson's Disease
- CTE (chronic traumatic encephalopathy)
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
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
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