Concussion settlement finally heads to appeals court

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More than 26 months ago, the NFL struck a deal to resolve the thousands of concussion lawsuits filed by former players who claimed the league failed to do enough to warn players about the hazards of head trauma or to protect them from it. On Thursday, the settlement finally heads to an appeals court in Philadelphia in an effort to secure final approval.

Judge Anita Brody previously approved the settlement after a lengthy delay and adjustments to the terms of the deal, including an agreement by the NFL to make unlimited funds available for all former players who qualify for payment.

But some of the class members appealed the deal, arguing that the settlement does not make payment available to a sufficiently broad range of ailments.

Even if the deal is approved, the class members who opposed the deal can try to appeal the case to the U.S. Supreme Court, which would serve only to further delay the payment of funds to those who need it.

And if the settlement is scrapped and the litigation proceeds, there’s a chance that, eventually, no one will get anything. Except the lawyers for the league, who continue to get paid by the hour for pushing paper from one pile to the next.

7 responses to “Concussion settlement finally heads to appeals court

  1. So when is Goodell gonna come out and give some lame excuse that the NFL doesn’t owe anyone anything. Something super dooshy and condescending along the lines of “well, as you know, the players were generally aware of the dangers of playing football….”

  2. I hope the judge looks at the case and then asks the attorney’s for the former players: “You mean to tell me your clients didn’t realize that bashing their heads against the heads of other 250-300lb men wasn’t good for the long term health of your brain? You mean to tell me that you guys didn’t realize that you were getting paid a lot of money for that risk?” And then laughs, shakes his head and throws the case in the trash.

  3. Maybe those players should stop going for the payday.

    1. Why aren’t they going after the Union? Isn’t the argument the Union when defending the players with domestic violence issues that they are supposed to look out for the best interests of their players? If so, they obviously didn’t, why is it that they aren’t getting sued?

    2. I still don’t understand why people are feeling sorry for the players, at the time that they were playing, they felt invincible and were highly paid. Players have been retiring and leaving for years because of concussions – just ask Roger Staubach, Danny White, Troy Aikman, and Steve Young. So they knew, they just want someone to blame.

    3. If it is as they like to say, that they are looking for medical help they should like the agreement as it will get them medical help.

    4. It doesn’t cover a wide enough variety of ailments, really? What is that about, what are they supposed to include colds and flus? They sued for a specific reason, trying to add as much as they can in, seems more like a payday than actual concern.

  4. Grown men need warning that banging your head is bad for the contents of said head. Really?

    NFL as we know it is already gone, and is rapidly diminishing. Movies, lawsuits, grandmas worrying. It is only a matter of time.

  5. “including an agreement by the NFL to make unlimited funds available for all former players who qualify for payment.”
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    including an agreement by the NFL to make unlimited funds available for all LAWYERS who qualify for payment.

    Fixed that statement for you

  6. Except the lawyers for the league, who continue to get paid by the hour for pushing paper from one pile to the next.

    This statement is particularly funny, coming from a lawyer.

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