NFL Concussion Class Action Lawsuit Settlement
A former Chicago Bears defensive lineman is one of the plaintiffs in a new NFL class-action lawsuit against the league. The case was filed in January 2015 and seeks damages from the league for its failure to protect its players against concussions. The players also seek compensation for their spouses and children, as well as an educational program for retired players and their families. Ultimately, the settlement is expected to cost the NFL $765 million throughout the class action.
The case is based on the experiences of more than two thousand former NFL players.
The class of players in the suit is approximately 22,000 people and is overseen by the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. The lead plaintiffs include 10 Hall of Famers and the family of Junior Seau, who committed suicide after suffering a traumatic brain injury. The suit has already been settled out of court and has been referred to several federal courts.
The settlement is not finalized yet, but it is a major step toward financial compensation for former players. The lawsuit seeks punitive damages from the league and legal fees for players who suffered brain damage during their playing career. The litigation is a result of a series of events. The first player to file a class-action lawsuit against the NFL was Seau, who was later found to have brain tissue the size of an 85-year-old. The NFL began publicly discussing the issue in 2009, and the NFL has since faced numerous concussion-related injuries. The suit also involves former players known as the “gap” players who played without a labor contract.
The lawsuit is based on the claims of former players.
The National Football League hid the long-term neurological dangers of its games for years. It trained players to tackle with their heads, making them more susceptible to concussions. Until 2010, the league did not warn its players of the dangers and failed to warn them 2010. The league even sponsored internal studies based on junk science and downplayed the severity of concussions.
In the case of the NFL concussion class action settlement, the league has agreed to pay a total of $765 million to compensate victims and their families. In addition to financial compensation, the NFL will also provide medical exams and fund research in the field. The league reached a settlement agreement with former players after the initial lawsuit in August 2011. This lawsuit includes over 4,500 former players and their families. It was filed in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.
The NFL class-action lawsuit seeks damages for former players.
The settlement includes punitive damages from the NFL and legal fees. Although a few former players have registered to join the litigation, the lawsuit is expected to attract many players shortly. And while it is unlikely that future generations will file a similar lawsuit, the NFL has a large-scale awareness campaign. This means that a large percentage of the 12,000 former players in the NFL will be eligible to file a claim.
Despite the lack of consensus among former players, this lawsuit has a large following and has already been filed in several states. However, it is important to note that a class action requires that the players register to be eligible for a settlement award. The NFL has a responsibility to register all affected players to avoid a court case. Therefore, it is imperative to register to receive a settlement award.
While there are several potential causes of traumatic brain injuries, most former NFL players will choose to join a class action to obtain compensation.
These players may seek to seek justice from the NFL through a lawsuit. A settlement is not the only way to obtain justice. A settlement can be an important source of income for retired players and their families. This lawsuit can be a powerful tool for NFL public relations, as the NFL will have to pay out millions in settlements to its injured and impacted members.