Miami Personal Injury Lawyers Explore the Ongoing Litigation Against the NFL
Former-NFL player Tony Gaiter, along with hundreds of other retired players, recently filed a federal lawsuit against the National Football League seeking workers’ compensation benefits for Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE). Gaiter, like many other former players, reports that he was hit on the head numerous times during his career and now suffers from serious brain injuries. Specifically, Gaiter suffers from constant head pain and cannot hold a job because he is unable to focus or remember basic things. He and the other NFL players joining in the Fort Lauderdale lawsuit claim that CTE is an occupational hazard and players should be eligible for workers’ compensation benefits. Our brain injury attorneys are closely following the lawsuit as it could have serious implications for recently retired NFL players, along with current and future football players.
This litigation comes a year after a final decision was rendered in the monumental class action lawsuit of Turner et al v. National Football League et al. In that case, several former-NFL players filed suit through their personal injury attorneys against the NFL for the development of CTE. In sum, over 5,000 players were represented in the lawsuit. Judge Anita Brody reached a settlement that will apply to all players who retired on or before July 7, 2014. The settlement provides up to five million per retired player for serious medical conditions related to head damage. Total funds available to injured players amount to one billion. Players have the option to opt out and pursue their own lawsuit.
Earlier this year, some players filed an appeal challenging the lawsuit with the United States Supreme Court. The High Court recently declined to hear the matter, paving the way for the settlement to begin payouts. However, players like Tony Gaiter that retired after July of 2014 remain without compensation. The lawsuit is intended to provide coverage for injured NFL players currently living with CTE and those players that died from CTE after July of 2014.
Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE) is a progressive brain disease found in sports players, among others, with a history of repeated brain injuries. Symptoms of CTE typically take between eight and ten years to surface and include:
- Memory loss
- Erratic behavior
- Poor judgment
- Social instability
- Speech issues
- Suicidal tendencies
The NFL only recently recognized that CTE is a real risk that comes with playing professional football. NFL players are often repeatedly hit in the head, sometimes multiple times within one game. CTE can now be diagnosed using brain scans that show changes in neurons and white matter, among others. The NFL is attempting to take steps to prevent CTE, but for players already living with the disease, the damage has already been done.
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CTE is a serious injury that affects far more sports players than we previously recognized. Sports players that have suffered a traumatic brain injury should receive compensation for their immense injuries. If you are a football or other sports player that has suffered a head injury such as CTE, contact the Miami Personal Injury Lawyers at Greenberg, Stone & Urbano right away. Our personal injury lawyers will fight to see that you receive the financial compensation you deserve. At Greenberg, Stone & Urbano, we bring over 130 years of combined professional experience to your case. We have received an AV rating from Martindale-Hubbell and have been named a Top South Florida Law Firm by the Miami Herald. Call us today at (888) 499-9700 or (305) 595-2400 to schedule your free consultation. You can also contact us online.