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Although the medical community informed by evidence from other sports like boxing has understood that repeated impact to the head causes long-term brain damage for decades, the National Football League (NFL) ignored the medical risks and sent players back out onto the field often during the same game. In recent years, media sources have focused attention on the deteriorative neurological impact of repetitive concussions [also referred to as "mild traumatic brain injuries" (MTBIs)].

The master complaint filed in the NFL concussion lawsuits alleges that scientific evidence from as early as the 1920s identified links between repetitive concussions and long-term neurological problems. Allegations against the NFL by the medical and scientific community include a failure to observe generally accepted concussion management protocols, reliance on self-serving studies that reached conclusions against the weight of prevailing medical evidence, and misrepresentation of the risk of developing debilitating neurological conditions, such as chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE). This condition is a progressive degenerative disease impacting football players (and other athletes) with a history of repetitive brain trauma, including both symptomatic concussions and asymptomatic sub-concussive impact to the head. Former NFL players also have experienced other severe neurologic disorders related to repetitive traumatic brain injuries.

If you are a football player retired from the NFL, AFL, WFLA, NFL Europe League, or NFL Europa League you may be eligible for up to $5 million in compensation.

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We Bring the Experience You Need

At O'Hanlon, McCollom & Demerath, we have over 100 years of combined legal experience. We combine this extensive experience and expertise with a willingness to take on large defendants, such as the NFL. We represent former NFL players and their families interested in pursuing claim against the NFL because of concussion-related injuries related to the pending NFL concussion settlement. We help players and loved ones who need legal advice and representation to navigate the settlement process.

Justin Demerath, the managing partner of our law firm's contingent fee department, focuses on claims by injury victims and families who have lost a loved one against large, well-financed defendants like the National Football League. Mr. Demerath is committed to effective communication with clients because he understands the stress and anxiety of coping with the debilitating effects of degenerative neurological disorders. Our law firm is committed to holding those who manage players accountable for damage caused by ignoring concussion safety protocols and to potentially preventing long-term consequences.

Have you suffered repetitive traumatic brain injuries or lost a loved one because of negligent handling of concussions by the NFL?

Hundreds of NFL concussion lawsuits from across the country that were consolidated in Philadelphia are part of a Federal District Court settlement approved by Judge Anita Brody. The settlement could result in players with certain neurological disorders receiving compensation in an amount up to $5 million depending on certain factors. Former players with major cognitive impairments that include amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), also known as Lou Gehrig's Disease, Alzheimer's Disease, and Parkinson's Disease are entitled to the largest awards. However, the amount of the award also is impacted by the player's age as well as the duration of his playing career. Unless retired players, representative of deceased of incapacitated players, and families of deceased players fail to timely register, they are eligible to receive benefits that include:

  • Baseline medical examinations
  • Monetary recovery for certain serious neurological conditions that include Parkinson's Disease, Dementia, Alzheimer's Disease, ALS, and certain cases of CTE
  • Education programs

Valid claims will continue to be paid in full for 65 years. A significant benefit of the participation in the settlement is that players have no obligation to prove that their neurologic limitations were actually caused by their participation in professional football. Our law firm represents victims with concussion-related diseases and their families involved in the pending settlement. The NFL Concussion Settlement Agreement is more than a 150 pages long and outlines the following:

  • Players who are part of the class
  • Nature of the litigation
  • Rights of the players (and their families and representatives)
  • Process of applying for benefits

Given the complexity of the settlement process and litigation, the decision to retain an experienced NFL Concussion Settlement Attorney can mean the difference between obtaining the financial compensation and benefits you need and possibly receiving nothing.

If you are a football player retired from the NFL, AFL, WFLA, NFL Europe League, or NFL Europa League you may be eligible for up to $5 million in compensation.

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Allegations regarding the impact of repeated concussions experienced by NFL players is supported by scientific data and medical research. A recent study conducted by Boston University's Center for the Study of Traumatic Encephalopathy revealed that 59 of 62 deceased NFL players suffered from the severe degenerative brain disorder known as CTE. The deceased NFL players whose brains were studied shared similar experiences that included repeated concussions, subconcussive blows to the head, or both. Victims of repeated MTBIs initially display symptoms like impaired concentration and memory loss with progression toward symptoms of full-blown dementia, Parkinson's disease, depressions, and speech abnormalities. The chief of neuropathology at the VA Boston Healthcare System has affirmed that CTE has been identified in hundreds of football players.

Seeking the Settlement or Verdict Our Clients Deserve

The symptoms of a concussion can linger for months and often constitute a warning regarding permanent and debilitating problems. The Centers for Disease Control categorize the symptoms of a concussion as follows:

Physical Symptoms
  • Sensitive to light or noise
  • Headache
  • Problems with dizziness and loss of balance
  • Blurred vision
  • Vomiting/nausea
Memory & Cognitive Functioning
  • Impaired concentration
  • Memory issues
  • Difficulty thinking clearly
Sleep Issues
  • Insomnia
  • Changes in sleeping patterns
  • Depression
  • Nervousness or anxiety
  • Sadness
  • Irritability
  • Intensified emotional responses

Former players who experience concussion symptoms should seek medical attention for symptoms that persist. A survey of former NFL players revealed that more than one in four players has suffered at least three concussions during their NFL career. The research also revealed that these same players experienced increased long-term issues with concentration, speech, and memory. If you or your loved one has been diagnosed with a significant repetitive concussion-related injury, our law firm has been involved with the concussion litigation from the beginning. We invite you to schedule a free consultation today with one of our NFL Concussion Settlement Attorneys.