Massachusetts NFL fans may be interested to learn that the NFL and more than 4,500 players have proposed a $765 million settlement. If the settlement is approved by the judge, it will fund medical exams, compensation for head-related injuries and research.
In order to be eligible for the program, players would only have to be a former player for the NFL. While many former players believe that their brain trauma occurred as a result of on-field concussions, they would not need to prove that their brain injuries and impairments resulted from a concussion sustained while they were playing in the NFL.
Kevin Turner, a former NFL fullback suffering from Lou Gehrig’s Disease, stated that he was satisfied with the NFL’s decision to settle. According to the plaintiffs’ attorney, all retired players would be eligible for inclusion in a brain assessment program. Those who are found to be above a certain level of impairment as the result of a brain injury will also be eligible for further testing and treatment. In addition, players who develop Lou Gehrig’s Disease, Alzheimer’s or other severe brain impairment will also receive benefits. Further, the families of players who have committed suicide may also be eligible to receive a seven-figure payout.
The NFL has been accused of hiding the increased risks of brain injury from players. However, in these types of situations where there is a well-known risk for a certain type of injury, the employer should provide warnings or medical benefits. An experienced Massachusetts attorney may be able to help those who suffered an injury seek compensation for medical costs, pain and suffering, lost wages and even funeral costs should the injury result in death.
Source: USA Today, “NFL reaches concussion settlement“, Gary Mihoces, August 29, 2013