Former Kansas City Chiefs Players Sue over Head Injuries
Five former Kansas City Chiefs players have filed a lawsuit against the team alleging the team hid and lied about the potential risks associated with traumatic head injuries.
About the Kansas City Chiefs Lawsuit
“I would have liked to have the opportunity to know that going back on the field would cause me to have severe disabilities later in life.” – Chris Martin, former NFL player as published by FOX News
According to FOX News, the lawsuit has been filed by five former defensive players who played with the Kansas City Chiefs between 1987 and 1993, a period when there was no collective bargaining agreement.
The former players claim that the team withheld information pertaining to traumatic head injuries from players and urged them to continue playing games after suffering head injuries, exposing players to the risk of developing permanent brain damage.
Plaintiffs Leonard Griffin, Chris Martin, Joe Phillips, Alexander Louis Cooper and Kevin Porter all opted out of an August’s multimillion dollar settlement meant to compensate former players for their head injuries due to concerns that individual pay outs would not have covered actual medical costs.
In their current lawsuit, the players are seeking actual and punitive damages in connection to alleged injuries including post-concussion syndrome, latent brain disease and chronic traumatic encephalopathy.
Details of the Previous NFL Settlement
In August, the NFL proposed a deal in which the organization would pay $765 million to settle a class action suit with more than 4,500 who had developed dementia or other concussion-related health problems.
The guidelines of the proposed that payouts would vary depending on the injury suffered:
- $5 million to former players who developed Alzheimer’s disease.
- $4 million to former players diagnosed with chronic traumatic encephalopathy after death.
- $3 million to former players who developed dementia.
The proposed settlement is still pending court approval, but may fall through if more players opt out of the deal. Current players would not be covered by the settlement.
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