Skilled Tampa Attorneys Asserting the Rights of Injured Football Players
In 2007, after years of denying major risks associated with football players sustaining repeated concussions, the NFL enacted the “88 Plan” to provide financial support for retired players who suffer from dementia. Unfortunately, the support provided does not always cover the long-term, permanent injuries associated with concussion-related symptoms, which sometimes can result in a tragically untimely death. Based in the Tampa area, Holliday Karatinos Law Firm, PLLC is comprised of sports injury lawyers who help retired NFL players and their families pursue the compensation to which they may be entitled. We are available to assist former athletes nationwide in holding the league accountable for its members’ health.
88 Plan Overview
For decades, the NFL enforced rules that encouraged players to continue their work on the field, despite suffering a head injury. After years of allegedly ignoring and withholding scientific evidence regarding the link between multiple concussions and permanent cognitive impairments, including dementia and early death, the NFL offered the 88 Plan as part of its collective bargaining agreement. This plan pays for medical and custodial care of former NFL players who have been diagnosed with dementia. However, it limits costs for what a retired player may be reimbursed for, and often the amount is not enough to cover a lifetime of continued care. Thus, many former players are seeking compensation for their permanent brain damage by filing personal injury lawsuits against the NFL and its affiliated organizations.
Claims Against the NFL Based on Brain Injuries
Beginning in 2011, former NFL players filed suit against the league, alleging fraud, misrepresentation, failure to warn, and negligence. The players stated that, despite over 50 years of knowledge, the NFL was negligent in failing to warn its players about the risk of head injuries or inform them of the scientific research associating repetitive concussions with permanent brain damage. Furthermore, the plaintiffs claimed that the NFL continued to develop policies and procedures encouraging injured players to return to the field after a concussion or similar event.
These personal injury claims allege monetary damages for medical expenses and lost income, as well as loss of consortium and pain and suffering. Among the plaintiffs are family members of retired NFL players who have suffered an early death with chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE). This progressive degenerative disease is associated with repetitive brain trauma, and it is only discernible after an autopsy. The court has given preliminary approval to a settlement that would award individual monetary damages to former players, or deceased players’ family members. Under the settlement’s award stipulation, payment amounts are limited based on a player’s diagnosis, including $3.5 million for Alzheimer’s disease, $3 million for dementia, and $4 million for CTE deaths, with reductions based on a player’s career length and the age of neurodegenerative disease diagnoses. Opponents to the proposed settlement argue that the cap on each award would not be enough to cover a retired player’s long-term medical care.
A knowledgeable attorney can advise you regarding your rights if you or your loved ones have suffered due to these severe and life-altering injuries.
Legal Representation in Hillsborough County for Retired Athletes
The NFL should be held responsible for its actions concerning its players. If you are a retired athlete, or a family member who has lost a loved one, the negligence attorneys at Holliday Karatinos Law Firm, PLLC can assist you in receiving compensation for your losses. Our Hillsborough County lawyers represent individuals across the United States. You can call us today at (866) 597-0009, or fill out our online form for a free initial consultation.