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NFL Concussion Claims

The NFL Concussion Lawyers at Leighton Law can help you recover from the NFL concussion settlement.

It is important to act quickly.

 

The National Football League (NFL) has entered into a settlement which will provide monetary benefits to retired football players who have certain neurologic injuries.  The NFL Concussion Settlement Program is being put into place now and the effective date of the program will be the date the last appeal ends.   That is likely to be soon, as the last appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court is now pending. If you are a retired football player, or the family of one who has passed away, you may be entitled to substantial payments.

Once the appeal ends, there will be a limited period of time to register and file a claim. It is estimated that the settlement will involve as much as $1 billion in settlement claims.  But those funds will only be paid to retired NFL football players who meet medical criteria and who file their claims timely.  The earlier the player is diagnosed, the higher his potential settlement.  In other words, waiting can cost a retired player enormous amounts of money.

It is also important to note that once the effective date of the program begins, players will be limited in who can make the diagnosis of their condition and they will be dependent on doctors chosen by the program, which is funded by the NFL.

We are committed to helping professional football players obtain the highest recovery under the NFL concussion program possible.  The recovery to each player will be based on the diagnosis and can range from $1.5 million to $5 million.  There may be reductions in those amounts based on number of seasons played and the age at the time of diagnosis.  That means that early diagnosis is critical.

Under the NFL Concussion Settlement, the NFL will pay to fund:

  1. Baseline neuropsychological and neurological examinations for eligible retired players, and additional medical testing, counseling and/or treatment if they are diagnosed with moderate cognitive impairment during the baseline examinations (up to $75 million, though every qualified Retired NFL Football Player will be eligible to receive one baseline examination during the term of the program), (the “Baseline Assessment Program”);
  2. Monetary awards for diagnoses of Death with CTE prior to the Final Approval Date, ALS, Parkinson’s Disease, Alzheimer’s Disease, Level 2 Neurocognitive Impairment (i.e., moderate Dementia) and Level 1.5 Neurocognitive Impairment (i.e., early Dementia). All valid claims under the Settlement, without limitation, will be paid in full throughout the 65-year life of the Settlement; and
  3. Education programs promoting safety and injury prevention with respect to football players, including safety-related initiatives in youth football, the education of retired players regarding the NFL’s medical and disability programs and other educational programs and initiatives ($10 million).

This settlement will not affect a player’s retirement funds or any other benefits program.

All living retired players who have earned at least one-half of an Eligible Season, who did not opt out from the Settlement, and who timely register to participate in the Settlement may participate in the Baseline Assessment Program (“BAP”). Registration for benefits will not be available until after the Effective Date, which is the date when all appeals are exhausted.  The BAP will provide baseline neuropsychological and neurological assessment examinations to determine whether retired players are currently suffering from cognitive impairment. Retired players will have from two to ten years, depending on their age as of the Effective Date, to have a baseline examination performed through a nationwide network of medical providers.

Retired players 43 or older as of the Effective Date will need to have a baseline examination within two years of the start of the BAP. Retired players under the age of 43 as of the Effective Date will need to have a baseline examination within 10 years of the start of the BAP, or before they turn 45, whichever comes sooner.

Retired players who are diagnosed with Level 1 Neurocognitive Impairment (i.e., moderate cognitive impairment) are eligible to receive further medical testing and/or treatment (including counseling and pharmaceuticals) for that condition during the ten-year term of the BAP or within five years from diagnosis, whichever is later.

Retired players who participate in the BAP will be encouraged to provide their confidential medical records for use in research into cognitive impairment and safety and injury prevention with respect to football players.

Although all retired players are encouraged to take advantage of the BAP and receive a baseline examination, they do not need to participate in the BAP to receive a monetary award. Any award to a retired player may be reduced by 10% if the retired player does not participate in the BAP.Retired players need to register for Settlement benefits before they can get a baseline assessment examination. Registration for benefits will not be available until after the Effective Date.

There is a difference between the type of physician who can make a qualifying diagnosis before the effective date and afterward. You will have fewer choices after the effective date so time is of the essence.

We will help you maximize your recovery from the NFL concussion settlement fund. It is important to act quickly.

Contact the Leighton Law NFL Concussion Lawyers confidentially at 888-395-0001.

 

 

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