Provost Umphrey Lawyer Applauds Supreme Court Decision in NFL Concussion Case

Posted on Monday, December 12, 2016

Provost Umphrey attorney Matthew Matheny says the decision by the U.S. Supreme Court to let stand a lower court ruling in the case involving the National Football League and former players who’ve suffered brain injuries from playing the game is the right thing to do.

“We are very pleased that the Supreme Court rejected the appeals of a very few objectors to the NFL Concussion Settlement,” Matheny said. “The Court’s decision should allow the settlement to become final and effective, meaning that thousands of former players will soon have the opportunity to receive the medical screening, diagnosis and treatment benefits provided by the settlement, as well as the compensation they deserve. We expect the details of the baseline assessment and compensation programs to be forthcoming.”

The case involves lawsuits filed on behalf of thousands of former NFL players who sought treatment and monitoring for brain injuries suffered through years of playing football. Plaintiffs’ lawyers argued that the league knew or should have known about the dangers posed by repeated head trauma the players experienced, but instead chose to downplay the connection or deny it altogether.

In 2015, the parties agreed to settle the case in a deal that provided payments of up to $5 million each to former players diagnosed with neurological problems, as well as screening and treatment.

But a handful of former players objected, saying the agreement did not take future medical diagnostic advancements into consideration, amongst other issues.

The Supreme Court ruling affirms the 3rd Circuit Court Appeals decision overruling and denying those objections and will allow the two sides to move forward based on the terms of the settlement.

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