Retired NFL players that have been diagnosed with brain injury, a degenerative
cognitive condition, or who have suffered concussions while playing might
be able to opt into an open class action against the sports organization.
Through various studies and research cases, it has been found that the
likelihood of a football player suffering some sort of brain injury, either
mild or severe, is quite high. By not warning players adequately of this
inherit risk, the NFL has been targeted by an
NFL concussion settlement class action.
This class action is only open to retired football players who participated
actively in at least one game for the NFL, AFL, and other associations
directly related or controlled by the NFL. Estate administrators of deceased
NFL players may also be able to opt into the claim if there was evidence
that the decedent suffered brain injuries or concussions during their lifetime.
Differing Levels of Compensation in the Class Action
Parties approved to opt into the NFL concussion settlement class action
may be rewarded a compensation amount based on a variety of factors. The
largest settlement amount approved for this class action already is $5,000,000;
this amount can be given to retired players under 45 years old and who
have been diagnosed with ALS. On the other hand, the lowest preexisting
settlement amount is only $25,000; this amount can be awarded to retired
NFL players over 80 years old and who have been diagnosed with no conditions
worse than a “Level 1.5 neurocognitive impairment.” Someone
with a Level 1.5 neurocognitive impairment is expected to be able to function
considerably well in day-to-day life but may suffer from spells of dementia
Class Action Timeline is Ticking Away
The NFL concussion settlement class action is already underway. In due
time, no one will be able to petition into the class action to receive
compensation, no matter the severity of their condition and the debilitations
they face due to a football-related brain injury. The current deadline is
February 6th, 2019 but it is not certain if this will be shortened or extended.
If you believe that you or a loved one should be eligible to opt into the
NFL concussion settlement class action, you need to start exploring your
legal options right away. At Smith & Stallworth, our Tampa NFL concussion
settlement attorneys have already helped more than 50 clients seek their
deserved compensation in this case. Call
813.223.7799 to request a
case evaluation with our team.