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$1 Billion Settlement Approved in NFL Concussion Case

$1 Billion Settlement Approved in NFL Concussion Case

Last April, U.S. District Judge Anita Brody approved an uncapped settlement of nearly $1 billion in the NFL concussion class action lawsuit, where about 5,000 former professional football players sought damages for their suffering from concussions and head trauma linked to playing pro football. These repetitive head injuries could lead to a degenerative brain condition known as CTE.

As reported by Law360 (subscription required), “Currently, chronic traumatic encephalopathy, or CTE, can only be diagnosed by autopsy and the objectors had said that it’s been found in a number of now-deceased players, some of whom passed away after the cut-off date for recovery.”

It has been alleged that the National Football League actively tried to conceal the severity and extent of concussion-related brain injuries up until the year 2009, in spite of the League creating the Mild Traumatic Brain Injury Committee in 1994 to conduct research on the long-term effects of concussions to palyers.

“For the NFL, it was critical to settle the concussion lawsuit both based on extremely broad tort damages exposure and the reputational exposure to the league,” Marc Edelman, a professor of law at Baruch College’s Zicklin School of Business, told Law360.

NFL Players Lawsuit Summary

Lieff Cabraser represents former professional football players and their spouses in a class action lawsuit seeking damages for the painful and debilitating injuries the players suffered from repetitive head traumas during their careers in the NFL. The injuries include concussions and repeated head impacts, traumatic brain injuries, and latent neurodegenerative disorders and diseases.

The complaint further seeks to recover fair compensation for the players’ spouses from the loss of companionship, affection, and support the spouses have suffered due to their husbands’ injuries. For those players that have not yet evidenced the long term physical and mental effects of repetitive head traumas, the complaint seeks the establishment of a medical monitoring program. This program would provide specialized testing for the early detection of the long term effects of repetitive head traumas. Contact us about your case or learn more about the NFL concussions lawsuit.