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.