NFL Players File Separate Lawsuit

Although the NFL would prefer it, the matter is not settled since several days later,  four other former NFL players filed a separate lawsuit against the NFL.

Subsequent information indicated that older players might not actually participate in the settlement, especially older players and those who died before 2006, even if their brains demonstrated changes of either Alzheimer’s disease (AD) or Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE). Furthermore, newer information was that possibly legal fees WOULD come out of the settlement.

NFL Concussion Settlement

On August 29, 2013, Federal District Judge Anita Brody approved a settlement between the NFL and more than 2000 former NFL payers amounting to $765 million:

According to the agreement, the NFL will pay $675 million to players and their families according to an agreed-upon schedule. Forbes Magazine broke the remainder down as follows:

In addition to the monetary relief provided to the players and their families, the NFL and NFL Properties will make the following payments:

  • No more than $75 million for baseline medical exams;
  • $10 million for a research and education fund;
  • No more than $4 million to pay for the costs of notice to the members of the class of plaintiffs;
  • $2 million representing one-half of the compensation of the Settlement Administrator; and
  • Legal fees and litigation expenses to the plaintiffs’ counsel (to be determined by the court).


Players Accuse NFL in Mega-Suit

With growing concern over the long-term effects of concussions and mTBI sustained by NFL players, as of May 25, 2012, eighty-one lawsuits had been filed with 2,138 former NFL players as plaintiffs, and 3,356 plaintiffs that included players, their spouses and other relatives. On June 7, 2012 a mega-suit, bringing these and others together, was filed in US District Court. The mega-suit stated that “after voluntarily assuming a duty to investigate, study, and truthfully report to the public and NFL players, including the Plaintiffs, the medical risks associated with MTBI in football, the NFL instead produced industry-funded, biased, and falsified research that falsely claimed that concussive and sub-concussive head impacts in football do not present serious, life-altering risks.” 

In response, the NFL released statements about many health programs run by the NFL for current and former players, along with medical benefits available to former players, including joint and traumatic arthritic-related programs such as joint replacement, and neurological evaluations and spine treatment programs. In addition, the NFL provides assisted-living partnerships, long-term care insurance, prescription benefits, life insurance programs, and a Medicare supplement program. The Mild Traumatic Brain Injury Committee, created by the NFL in 1994, recently published a general neurologic medicine article on Medscape entitled Repetitive Head Injury Syndrome.