Most of the retired players who have been involved in the NFL concussion class action suits – named plaintiffs or not – have basically been kept completely out of the loop on the negotiations and details during the entire process. Even worse, with a preliminary approval of the settlement offer, it’s now obvious that there will never be any discovery or admission of guilt on the part of the NFL regarding information nor will there be any potential for damages done to the lives this has affected.
Based on everything currently available, we’ve posted details as researched by journalists like Patrick Hruby that analyze the settlement for what it offers and what it doesn’t cover. As Patrick pointed out in the title of his post, The Devil is in the Details, everyone’s left on their own to review the sparse details that we know about this offer and it’s turning out to be even worse than anyone can imagine. On first glance, it was spun out into the media to sound like an incredible deal for retirees because the NFL had “lifted” the cap on payouts. But with lots of micro-qualifications and details injected into the agreement.
Naturally, we’re not going to expect an objective analysis from the NFL attorneys. But I somehow doubt if a large majority of the Plaintiffs’ Attorneys really want to provide a cold, objective analysis either.
We were fortunate to have been able to catch up with an attorney experienced with brain injury litigation who has not been involved with the NFL or the retired players. Gordon Johnson has been involved in with brain injury lawsuits for 20 years – read more about his background by clicking HERE.
Gordon had his team created a shocking spreadsheet of retired football players who have died or are clearly diagnosed with the qualifying criteria within the timeline as outlined in the settlement offer. The NFL’s chart is posted first and Brain Injury Law Group’s chart follows. If anyone – ANYONE – out there has any more players they believe should be added to this chart, please feel free to let us know. But based on the information available, there are actually only 20 players they could find who made the narrow qualifications to be included so far. And for a total of…
$50,920,000 $42,100,000! Yep! That’s it. Not even $100 million and three of these guys won’t even receive anything because they didn’t play long enough due to their injuries! Small wonder they lifted the cap. Definitely not even $765 million as the NFL would like the media, the fans and the courts to believe. Almost no one qualifies! Continue reading