After filing an objection to the National Football League (NFL) concussion settlement, the family of former Bears safety, Dave Duerson rejected the deal. Players have until midnight tonight to opt out of the proposed settlement between the NFL and roughly 5,000 ex-players who claim the NFL kept the dangers of head injuries hidden.
In February 2011, 50-year-old Duerson committed suicide by a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the chest. An examination showed he had Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE). According to Boston University, this generative brain disease is typically associated with repetitive brain trauma to include symptomatic concussions and asymptomatic sub-concussive blows to the head.
Just this past month, the same settlement was rejected by the family of former linebacker Junior Seau. In a formal statement, the family said they will move forward with an official lawsuit against the organization.
The family of Duerson feels the deal being offered by the NFL is unjust since it places limitations on payouts to people with CTE. According to Bill Gibbs, attorney with Corboy & Demetrio who serves as legal counsel for the family, Duerson did not commit suicide so that CTE would be forever eliminated from the NFL’s lexicon. He added that the settlement proposed to the Duerson family insults the player’s legacy.
Nine additional former players have attorneys who agree that the NFL concussion deal excludes families who suffer the ramifications of CTE by not compensating players with a firm diagnosis of the disease after the July 7 date.
Interestingly, the July 7 date is the same agreed to by the NFL and former players for a proposed $765 million settlement on claims and an agreement preliminarily approved by US District Judge Anita Brody.
By November 3, a court administrator will announce the number of ex-players who opted out of the deal. In addition, former players with concerns pertaining to the settlement agreement have the option to attend a November 19 fairness hearing.