12 December - The following is a statement from Christopher Seeger, co-lead counsel for the retired NFL player class plaintiffs in the concussion-related lawsuits, on the United States Supreme Court declining to consider appeals of the NFL concussion settlement, meaning this agreement is now effective and the benefits process will move forward.
“This decision means that, finally, retired NFL players will receive much-needed care and support for the serious neurocognitive injuries they are facing. These courageous men and their families, who in the face of great adversity took on the NFL, have made history. Despite the difficult health situations retired players face today, and that many more will unfortunately face in the future, they can take comfort in the fact that this settlement's significant and immediate benefits will finally become available to them and last for decades to come.
“Today’s decision ushers in the benefits process, which we expect will open this spring. With a 99 participation rate in the settlement, and more than 11,000 retired players already pre-registering for benefits, it is clear these programs are highly anticipated by the NFL alumni community. Class members will soon be receiving more information by mail, and we encourage them to visit https://www.nflconcussio