Need-To-Know Information on NFL Concussion Status

The following was released by Seeger Weiss LLP about the lawsuit In re: National Football League Players’ Concussion Injury Litigation    July 20, 2016

Updates were sent to Class Members in the Settlement with The National Football League and NFL Properties, LLC, known as the NFL Concussion Settlement.  Retired NFL Football Players who might be suffering from one of the degenerative conditions for which a monetary award is available were urged to seek immediate consultation with a qualified medical professional.  All parties included in the Settlement were warned to be cautious of predatory loan lenders and others who may try to benefit from their claims.

In April 2015, Judge Anita Brody entered a Final Order approving the Settlement; however, objectors appealed that ruling.  In April 2016, the Third Circuit affirmed Judge Brody’s Final Order and approved the Settlement (see the order at www.NFLConcussionSettlement.com).  Objectors asked the Third Circuit to reconsider its decision, but this motion was denied.  Those objectors have 90 days from the denial of that motion to petition the United States Supreme Court to review the Third Circuit’s decision.  The Settlement will not become effective until after all possible appeals are resolved in favor of the Settlement or the time to seek further review has run out.

If a Retired NFL Football Player might be suffering from one of the degenerative conditions for which a monetary award is available, the player should consult with a qualified medical professional immediately.  Medical professionals who are qualified under the Settlement to make such a diagnosis at this time (and until the Settlement becomes effective) are board-certified neurologists, board-certified neurosurgeons, and other board-certified neuro-specialist physicians.  The qualifying diagnoses from these medical specialists for which monetary claims can be made are: ALS, Parkinson’s Disease, Alzheimer’s Disease, Level 2 Neurocognitive Impairment (i.e., moderate Dementia), Level 1.5 Neurocognitive Impairment (i.e., early Dementia).

Retired NFL Football Players and their family members are encouraged to “sign up” to receive more information about when registration for the Settlement will open.  They can provide their contact information at the official Settlement website, www.NFLConcussionSettlement.com, by emailing ClaimsAdministrator@NFLConcussionSettlement.com, or by calling 1-855-887-3485.

Also, Retired NFL Football Players and their family members were warned to take precaution against predatory lenders who are offering loans against future Settlement benefits and to use care in choosing or changing legal counsel.

Co-Lead Class Counsel hopes that the Settlement will be open for registration before the end of the year so that claims for monetary awards for qualifying diagnoses can begin and Retired NFL Football Players can begin participation in the Baseline Assessment Program.

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