EDITOR’S NOTE: This is now the 11th Hour. If any of you retired players have been considering Opting Out and/or filing an Objection to the NFL Concussion Lawsuit Settlement Offer. today is the final day to submit your paperwork. It has to be postmarked Oct. 14, 2014. The folks at NFL Concussion Settlement FACTS have provided us with an outline on your options and instructions on how to do this, including sample paperwork you can download, print and fill out for submission. You can file a short version of an Objection by agreeing and countersigning the Objection filed earlier by Molo Lamken for a group of players that included Sean Morey, Alan Faneca, Ben Hamilton, Robert Royal, Jeff Rohrer, Sean Considine and Roderick “Rock” Cartwright . By signing on to this Objection, you will not automatically establish an attorney-client relationship with MoloLamken LLP. You can still support the Objection without the firm being your lawyer.
Class members who believe that the Settlement provides them with adequate compensation for the injuries they have suffered and who want to participate in the Settlement need to nothing until after the Court decides whether to approve the Settlement. If approved, participating class members will have to register with the claims administrator as required by the Settlement procedures. If you decide to participate in the Settlement, you will be eligible to receive an award and qualify for the Baseline Assessment Program, but you will not be able to sue the NFL for any injuries related to MTBI – even injuries not compensated under the Settlement and even injuries that you do not yet know of.
Class members who want to exclude themselves from the class must submit an opt-out request by October 14, 2014. If you opt-out, you will not be bound by the Settlement Agreement. Thus, you could bring (or continue) your own lawsuit against the NFL for your MTBI-related injuries. If you late receive a qualifying diagnosis, however, you will not be eligible for payment under the Settlement. Nor will you be able to participate in the Baseline Assessment Program.