Former NFL players and their families have condemned a settlement deal relating to compensation for concussion injuries sustained during play. Many of the players are living with a condition known as chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) but the concussion compensation deal has excluded those players from the settlement. This has led to one former NFL player and Hall of Fame inductee Joe DeLamielleure to opt out of the settlement in favour of pursuing a separate lawsuit against the league. At least eight of those who qualified for the settlement deal have also opted out and at least ten other objections to the deal have been filed as a result of the exclusion of those suffering from CTE.
DeLamielleure was first diagnosed with CTE in 2013 and states that he was never diagnosed with a concussion during his American football career which spanned almost two decades. The Hall of Fame inductee says that he may have taken around 225,000 hits to the head during his career causing a 13-year long headache. However, he says that other injuries, such as shoulder and back injuries, were more openly discussed than head injuries. Research has shown that just under 80% of the brains of 128 footballers tested positive for CTE which could lead to mental illness, memory loss and depression.
Complications of concussion
Mild concussion can result in memory loss, confusion, pain and dizziness but people generally recover after a period of careful monitoring. On the other hand, if concussion is caused by playing sports, then the injury could be more serious if left untreated. Should a player suffer from concussion but continues to play sports without a period of rest, he or she could suffer another blow to the head. If this continues without treatment, there is a risk of developing CTE. If you have suffered concussion which was not treated, you may be able to claim compensation. Concussion compensation can be won if you have suffered a sports-related injury or have suffered the injury because someone else was at fault.
How Accident Advice Helpline can assist
We are a compensation claims firm which specialises in personal injury claims for accidents that were the fault of another party. If you have suffered a concussion and wish to make a claim, you could win a cash payout with the help of our expert team. Call us free on our helpline to discuss the case with our advisers and pursue your claim today.
Date Published: October 30, 2014
Author: David Brown