Judge Brody, The U.S. District court judge presiding over the NFL Concussion
Lawsuits recently ordered that both sides mediate and explore a settlement to see if
“consensual resolution is possible.” Lawyers for the NFL and the NFL concussion
lawyers representing the retired players have until September 3rd to report to Judge Brody before
she decides on a course of action.
The lawsuits, which were consolidated in Philadelphia,
allege that the league downplayed the dangers of repeated head injuries sustained by the plaintiffs
throughout the course of their careers.
A number of these men --more than 25% of the
18,000 living NFL retirees-- have filed NFL concussion lawsuits against the league.
These men left the league believing they were retiring from risky sports injuries only to suffer
more serious, long-term side effects including dementia and depression – some so
severe that they were driven to the point of suicide.
Prior to Judge Brody’s
order, The NFL filed a motion to dismiss the lawsuits, claiming the league was honest with their
players about the risks of injury. While the league has gotten more conscious of the dangers of
concussions in recent years, this was not always the case. The league did conceal the
seriousness of repeated head trauma from the Plaintiff’s involved in the NFL Concussion
Lawsuits and should take appropriate actions to rectify it’s negligence. This means
providing comprehensive medical care and financial support to those who have had their lives
destroyed by the leagues misconduct. These men risked their lives and their futures for the benefit
of the NFL. It’s time for the NFL to give them the proper compensation.