NFL Concussion Settlement
If you or someone you love played in the NFL or one of its affiliated professional leagues and are suffering from complications stemming from concussions or traumatic head injury, please do not hesitate to contact The Law Offices of Craig Eiland.
Our law firm is highly knowledgeable about the NFL Concussion Settlement and is ready to fight for you. We provide personal and confidential case evaluations.
The Third Circuit Court of Appeals recently upheld a district court’s approval of the NFL Concussion Settlement Agreement, making it potentially worth over $1 billion in funds to those affected now and over the next 65 years. This could mean significant and immediate relief for retired players and their families struggling with health issues long after their playing days have ended. Former players with certain severe brain injuries are entitled under the settlement agreement to be awarded up to $5 million each.
Retired players who have been diagnosed with the following could be awarded the most money:
ALS (Lou Gehrig’s Disease)
Alzheimer’s Disease or Dementia.
Who May be Eligible for Compensation?
All retired NFL players may be eligible for compensation. If you are not eligible for compensation or benefits now, you may develop symptoms over the next 65 years and become eligible for compensation or benefits later in life, but you must timely register. Family members of deceased former players may be eligible to file a claim and receive compensation on behalf of their loved one.
Hiring an attorney to help with your NFL settlement claim could mean the difference between receiving the compensation you deserve and potentially having your claim denied. The NFL settlement claims process involves very detailed paperwork with specific deadlines and document requests. An experienced attorney will help ensure you get the monetary damages you deserve.
What is Required of the Retired Player or His Family? And What will the Law Offices of Craig Eiland do for Me?
We will timely register you. The Settlement Agreement requires that you register within 180 days after the settlement becomes final. If you do not register, you will never be eligible for compensation or benefits. We will ensure you are properly and timely registered.
We will arrange for you to be tested by doctors of our choosing. The Settlement Agreement requires that you complete a battery of neuropsychological tests and be examined and evaluated by a neurologist. The neurologist will probably request an MRI of your brain and blood testing. We will arrange for you to be examined by a neurologist of our choosing. We will arrange for you to be tested by a neuropsychologist of our choosing. When the doctor orders blood testing and/or an MRI, we will arranged these tests as well.
We will assist you in being timely tested. The Settlement Agreement requires each retired or former NFL player be tested under the “Baseline Assessment Program”. The Baseline Assessment Program requires each registered player in the settlement undergo certain tests and examinations by neuropsychologists and neurologists. The NFL and attorneys for players are required to agree on a panel of neuropsychologists and neurologists to perform the tests and examinations outlined in the Settlement Agreement. Once this Baseline Assessment Program begins, retired players over the age of 43 will only have 2 years to get the testing completed. (Players younger than 43 must be tested prior to their 45th birthday or within 10 years, whichever occurs first).
We will not use the NFL’s doctors to examine you. The NFL and attorneys for players are required by the Settlement Agreement to select and agree on the panel of neuropsychologists and neurologists to perform the tests and examinations required to receive benefits and compensation. However, the Settlement Agreement also allows players to select their own physicians (who meet certain criteria) to conduct these exams and tests. We know that many retired players would be skeptical of relying on any doctor selected by the NFL to determine his eligibility for compensation. We will not rely on the NFL to choose or agree to the physicians who will administer the examinations and testing on our clients. We have interviewed and selected independent, board certified neurologists and neuropsychologists to perform the testing and examinations for our clients. If you are eligible for benefits or compensation, the independent neurologists and neuropsychologists we provide will document the findings and assist us in completing the settlement package necessary to receive compensation.
“I don’t think I have any problems. I don’t think I have a claim.”
What about over the next 65 years? If you do not timely register and get the baseline testing with a neurologist and neuropsychologist in a timely manner and you develop problems in the next 20, 30 or 40 years the compensation and benefits won’t be there when you and your family do need it.
“I am doing alright. I don’t want to take away money from someone who may be having financial problems or is really suffering.”
If you do not register and get a baseline test, the only entity that benefits is the NFL. The only people to lose is you and your family. This settlement fund is an open ended fund. The NFL is required to pay every retiree that qualifies over the next 65 years. There are between 21,000-22,000 retired NFL players currently alive. One of the Court documents indicates approximately 16,000 of these retired players currently do not have an attorney. If only 5,000 retirees timely register and have a baseline test, only those 5,000 will be eligible for compensation over the next 65 years. The amount the NFL has to pay each one is not dependent on how many retirees sign up. The amount the NFL has to pay any individual is not impacted by whether you register and get tested, it is based upon a grid set forth in the Settlement Agreement.
“I don’t think I ever went to the hospital for a concussion while I was playing. I don’t think I can prove I ever had a concussion while playing in the NFL.”
Doesn’t matter. It’s not required. The Settlement Agreement is not based on whether you can prove you had a concussion, when you had a concussion or if you had a concussion. What is required is that you accumulated time on an NFL team (even practice squad) or an affiliated league (American Football League, World League of American Football, NFL Europe League, NFL Europa League). Your compensation is based on the neuropsychological testing and neurological examination.
“I know my husband, dad or granddad played pro football a long time ago, but I don’t remember all of the details and I wouldn’t know where to begin to look for paperwork or documents.”
Call us. We can help obtain this information. If your husband, father or grandfather died on or after January 1, 2006 with certain neurocognitive deficits (Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, ALS, or similar conditions) ... your family may be able to make a significant claim on his behalf.