Former Players Say NFL is Stalling on Settlement Payments
Research shows that repeated blows to the head and resulting brain injuries may be linked to the development of brain deterioration and conditions like ALS (Lou Gehrig’s disease), Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s disease, and dementia.
20,000 former NFL players filed a class-action lawsuit against the league claiming that it hid the damages and potential complications associated with repeated brain injuries and concussions from players.
In 2015, the league and former players reached a $1 billion settlement that would cover nearly every former player for the next 65 years. However, families of former players and their lawyers say that the NFL has put up many roadblocks to prevent them from getting payments. In fact, only 140 out of 1,400 claims have been approved. The other 90 percent of pending claims are still being evaluated or have been sent back to players and their attorneys for amendments before they can be further processed.
Players and their families are accusing the league of using stalling tactics to get them to accept smaller payments or no payments at all.
At Ferrer, Poirot & Wansbrough, we know how serious sports-related concussions and brain damage are. Victims can suffer profound disabilities and difficulties with daily life and living independently, and symptoms often worsen over time.
If you or someone you love was injured while playing in the NFL and needs representation for concussion-related complications, our NFL concussion settlement lawyers are here to help. Call our office today for a free consultation.