NFL Concussion Lawsuit

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Background:

On April 22, 2015, a $765 million settlement was announced on behalf of 4,500 former NFL players. This settlement would resolve concussion-related lawsuits; the settlement would fund medical exams, concussion-related compensation, and medical research.

Zimmerman Reed represents former NFL players in lawsuits alleging that the NFL concealed the chronic cumulative effects of concussions and implemented a common policy to minimize the injury and return players to the game after sustaining concussions. We are representing: 1) Players who have suffered head injuries and symptoms associated with these injuries; and 2) Players who are not yet experiencing symptoms but want to be monitored.

Recent medical studies confirm that retired NFL players face a substantially higher risk of Alzheimer’s disease, dementia, and other neurological and memory-related disorders. Study results, presented at the Alzheimer’s Association International Conference in Paris, indicate that the memory loss symptoms of dementia may be linked to the repeated concussions that football players encounter when playing the game. Researchers found that former players were clearly impaired when compared to similarly aged non-athletes. Other recent studies have demonstrated significant differences with chronic brain trauma patterns in professional football players.

Our lawsuits seek both damages for injuries as well as medical monitoring of players’ health to track the onset of these conditions. If you played in the NFL at any time, you may be eligible to participate in the litigation whether or not you have suffered symptoms or disabilities associated with concussions.

Zimmerman Reed was appointed to the Plaintiffs’ Steering Committee in the NFL Players’ Concussion Injury Litigation and we represent former NFL players. While many have suffered symptoms and disabilities from concussions, others have not yet, and instead want the League to pay to monitor their cognitive health. Zimmerman Reed also currently represents retired NFL players in a class action lawsuit against the League for the unauthorized use of the retired players’ names, images, and likenesses to promote the NFL brand and otherwise produce revenue for the League.