Recent news regarding the case filed against the National Football League (NFL) shows the increase of scope as claims continue to grow.
The NFL class action lawsuit was filed by the organization’s football players due to traumatic brain injuries obtained while playing.
To date, the NFL has already paid out $760 million of the $829 million approved NFL claims.
The number of former NFL football players or their families who have filed claims and are eligible for payouts due to the settlement has already reached 3,146.
The NFL first started making headlines regarding covering concussion incidents back in the early 2000s. A lot of high profile players have died due to concussion acquired during the game.
One of them is Pittsburgh Steelers offensive linemen, Justin Strzelczyk who died at the age of 36.
His death in 2004 following a fiery car crash raised a lot of questions after his brain examination revealed that he was suffering from chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), a degenerative brain disease resulting from repeated concussions.
His family believes that this disease has impacted his erratic behavior, which led to his death.
Another famous death is with defensive back player Andre Waters. Andre, who took his own life back in 2007, had suffered from brain tissue deterioration.
Upon examination, it was revealed that his brain condition is similar to an 85-year-old man, and he was showing early signs of Alzheimer’s.
It is believed that successive concussions have also played a role in the damages incurred on his brain.
Following the high-profile deaths, the NFL has finally released public statements regarding traumatic brain injuries in 2009.
According to their statement, medical research has confirmed that long-term problems can arise from concussions.
After this, several NFL players filed lawsuits against the said organization in 2014, which eventually lead to the NFL settlement in 2015.
According to the NFL, 20,556 players have made a claim under the said NFL class action lawsuit.
Not all of these claims have been approved by the organization. Some of the NFL claims have been denied since the concussion incident happened after the settlement.
Players continue to file lawsuits against the organization after the settlement.
One of the complainants is Craig Seltz. Craig is a former defensive lineman for the Chicago Bears.
He filed a lawsuit in 2018 to make claims for alleged brain injury symptoms he is experiencing from repetitive concussions obtained during NFL games and practices.
His lawsuit claims that the NFL has promoted their games as “safe” and has been negligent in informing players of the health hazards they may obtain from brain trauma.
Aside from this, NFL players continue to take legal actions in opposition to the measures used by the organization in the NFL settlement.
In 2020, retired players Kevin Henry and Najeh Davenport filed a new NFL class action lawsuit.
Their case states that cognitive tests conducted to determine the qualification of players in the NFL settlement are racist.
They also claim that it was allegedly harder for Black Class Members to receive payouts from the previous NFL settlement.
Editor’s Note on NFL Concussion Settlement:
This piece is created to inform you of the NFL Concussion Settlement that affected many Footballers (Rugby) and their families.
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