NFL Concussion Lawsuit Settlement
Attorney William Audet is now offering free case reviews to former NFL players with questions concerning pending multidistrict litigation against the National Football League for injuries related to concussions and/or head trauma.
In August 2013, attorneys representing a class of approximately 4,500 former NFL players and their families negotiated a settlement with the NFL for a total amount of $765 million to be allocated as follows:
• $657 million to players exhibiting specified cognitive injuries shown to have resulted from concussions and/or head trauma;
• $75 million allocated for baseline medical exams to determine future claims; and
• $10 million allocated to a research fund to further study the connection between head trauma and future cognitive and other types of impairment.
On January 14, 2014, Judge Anita B. Brody denied preliminary approval of the negotiated settlement which also included up to $112.5 million in legal fees for attorneys representing players and their families. In her ruling, Judge Brody stated that:
“I am primarily concerned that not all Retired NFL Football Players who ultimately receive a Qualifying Diagnosis or their related claimants will be paid. The settlement fixes the size of the Monetary Award Fund. It also fixes the monetary award level for each Qualifying Diagnosis, subject to a variety of offsets. In various hypothetical scenarios, the Monetary Award Fund may lack the necessary funds to pay Monetary Awards to Qualifying Diagnoses.”
We have serious concerns about the insufficiency of the negotiated settlement. If you are a former NFL player and would like to learn more about these perceived deficiencies, you are urged to contact Audet and Partners, LLP by calling (800) 965-1461, or by completing and submitting our confidential inquiry form on the right side of this page.