NFL Concussion Litigation
The Warner Law Firm is pleased to announce that we are currently working with several former NFL players to object to the latest proposed class action settlement. If you are currently agreeing to the terms and conditions of the proposed class action, we do not feel like you need an attorney. The Class Attorneys are going to be paid, according to the settlement, 112.5 million dollars. You should direct all of your questions to a Class Attorney if you believe you want to participate in this settlement. We are going to represent those players that do not believe this settlement if fair or in their best interest. An objection to the proposed settlement will be filed. This objection MUST be filed no later than October 14, 2014 which is not much time in terms of “lawyer time.”
We believe that the proposed settlement is not fair for a number of reasons. The following are a couple of reasons we do not believe the settlement to be fair. This is not an exhaustive list by any means, but these are some reasons, based on what has been filed, that we believe are simply unfair.
Unfairness of the provision requiring a former player to have played in the NFL a minimum number of years in order to NOT be subject to the proposed class reduction matrix– There are numerous players who played on practice squads and took “hits” that we believe should be covered in this lawsuit. It is our position that if you played one down or played on a practice squad you were good enough to be on the team and take on the best of the best. In doing so, you may have injured yourself and not even know if right now. The current proposed class action settlement is simply not fair to you.
The inflation factor is too low– Simply put, we believe that the current inflation factor will not adequately compensate a former player for injuries YOU may not even know you have for 10-20 years OR more. It is our position that the current rates of inflation are much greater than what is being offered in the Class Settlement.
The attorney’s fees currently approved are too high– It is our position that the preliminary approved attorney’s fees are too high. There has been NO formal discovery. The actual risks that NFL owners were aware of may give you the right to bring an action for punitive damages. Because there has been no formal discovery conducted, you and your teammates do not even know what information the NFL had and may have hidden that affect your rights. The current attorney’s fees in the proposed settlement are 112.5 million dollars. That is a lot of money. You do not need an attorney, in my opinion, if you are going to be a class participant. There are attorney’s that are being paid that you should be able to pick up the phone and ask ANY questions that you have. It is my opinion that is what they are being compensated for. These attorneys have done work and need to be paid accordingly, but there are too many unanswered questions at this point to try to settle this matter without as much information as possible.
There may be other unanswered questions that YOU need an attorney to answer for you– For instance, there is a new class action that was filed in California addressing pain medications that were given to players both before, during, and after games that may not have been in compliance with reasonable medical standards. We are currently investigating this allegation.
There are other questions that need an answer that YOU may not have. I would like to assist you in getting these questions answered.