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Former NFL players seeking workers’ compensation benefits for CTE

Tony Gaiter, along with 141 fellow former National Football League players, are seeking workers’ compensation benefits for brain injuries – specifically Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy – they sustained while playing football. They filed a federal lawsuit last Monday, November 21 in Fort Lauderdale against the league.

Gaiter, now 42, who was a punt returner and wide receiver for the New England Patriots and the San Diego Chargers from 1997 to 2001 also played for the University of Miami. He said, “It’s like you can’t have a life after football.” The lawsuit could affect up to 19,000 retired NFL players who are not covered under the existing $1 billion settlement approved in April 2015 between the NFL and its players. Tim Howard, the group’s legal counsel, contends that CTE, which formerly could be only a posthumous diagnosis, can now be detected in people still alive. He also said the current settlement does not cover former players who are now living with CTE or players who died from CTE after July 2014.

Our attorneys at McCutchen & Sexton – The Law Firm provide legal services for our clients in Fort Smith and other areas in Arkansas. We also handle personal injury cases, such as brain injuries and wrongful death claims, among others. If you or a loved one had the misfortune of being affected by a personal injury accident of this nature due to the negligent actions of other parties, do not hesitate to call our offices today at (479) 783-0036.