Did the NFL exploit its players by refusing to alter rules of play in spite of mounting medical evidence that the multiple concussions and other traumatic brain injuries (TBI) sustained frequently led to mental illness, cognitive impairments including dementia, and early death? Did the NFL fail to inform players of the long-term health risks they faced, and tacitly encourage players to conceal concussions and “play through” head injuries?
Did the league deliberately conceal medical evidence? We think so.
These and other issues are at the heart of the first class action lawsuit to be brought against the NFL for concussions and other head injuries on behalf of injured players. Atlanta Personal Injury Attorney Bruce A. Hagen is joining Pope, McGlamry, Kilpatrick, Morrison & Norwood, LLP, (PMKMN) in this class action suit to investigate NFL oversights and the rights of former NFL players.
If you or someone you know has played for the NFL, there is still time for you to discuss your options for compensation with an attorney. In this video, attorney Bruce Hagen explains why it is important for you to seek legal counsel.
As the timeline below illustrates, the NFL for years denounced medical evidence linking Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE) to former NFL players and took action to warn players only after much adverse publicity.
On January 14, 2013, Judge Anita Brody requested more details about financial models and calculations used to determine the amounts of compensation called for in the announced settlement of the NFL concussion litigation which was submitted for approval on January 6, 2014. Like all of the involved parties in the litigation, Judge Brody wants to ensure that the settlement funds will be sufficient to fulfill the needs of retired NFL players who qualify for medical treatment and financial compensation under the guidelines and duration of the settlement.
The proposed settlement is designed to cover approximately 20,000 former NFL football players for injuries related to brain trauma. The settlement came after months of negotiations between counsel for the NFL and counsel for the approximately 4,800 former players who initially sued the league.
If you are a former NFL player, or if you know a former NFL player, please call today to discuss your rights with a professional football concussion attorney.
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May 20, 2012
Parents are getting more educated on the potential risks their children are taking when playing football. Bruce Hagen is quoted directly in the article. Source.
January 25, 2012
NFL vets bring battle over brain damage to Miami. The legal fight by hundreds of former NFL players to be compensated for brain trauma comes to a Miami federal courtroom Thursday. Source.
October 25, 2011
More than 125 former pro football players are suing the league via at least five complaints brought in state or federal courts over the past few months and as recently as last week. They say the NFL should have done more to warn about the dangers of head injuries and should do more to help retired players. Source.
October 23, 2011
Kris Dielman, a Guard for the San Diego sustains a concussion during the last 12 minutes of play and is observed struggling to maintain his balance. Although NFL rules require that he be evaluated immediately, he continues to play and is evaluated only at the end of the game. On the plane flight back to San Diego, he suffers a grand mal seizure. The NFL is looking into the incident. Source
October 14, 2011
According to a widely-reported Associated Press (AP) story, Ridge Barden, a 16-year-old high school football player from upstate New York died as a result of a traumatic brain injury he sustained during a varsity game. Source
October 13, 2011
The New England Patriots announce that defensive end Mike Wright is on its injured reserve list and will not play again this season on account of a concussion.Source