Payouts from the $1 billion settlement in the NFL’s concussion lawsuit will be delayed for at least a few months after the family of a former player filed a last-second appeal.
The New York Post had previously reported that the objectors to the settlement would drop their appeal, clearing the way for payments to begin.
The family of former Bills fullback Carlton “Cookie” Gilchrist filed an appeal, however, with the family’s lawyers asking the Supreme Court to hear the case. Gilchrist was diagnosed with CTE after he died of cancer in 2011.
In July 2014, a federal judge granted preliminary approval to the National Football League's $765 million settlement, after 4,500 ex-players filed the lawsuit against the league claiming the NFL hid known concussion risks, leading to high rates of dementia, depression and even suicides.
That amount was upped to $1 billion with the settlement covering more than 20,000 retired players for the next 65 years. A federal appeals court in June unanimously upheld the deal, with the NFL admitting no fault.
Those players who have already been diagnosed with brain injuries will be eligible to receive benefits. Some players can receive up to $5 million individually if they were diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or ALS, $4 million can be received for families of a player diagnosed with chronic traumatic encephalopathy, or CTE, and $3.5 million for players with Parkinson's or Alzheimer's.
- Scooby Axson