Current deadlines applicable to the “NFL Concussion Class Settlement”
Mandatory claim registration
All Retired NFL Players are required to register within 180 days of the start of the registration process, which in this case began on February 7, 2017 and will end on August 7, 2017.
All players must register to become eligible to receive medical and financial benefits under the Settlement, whether those benefits are awarded today or anytime over the next 65 years. Failure to register will preclude a retired player from participating in the Settlement benefits.
Baseline Accessment Program (BAP)
The medical component of the Settlement
Does a retired player have any specific time limit to receive a baseline medical examination?
Retired players will have from two to ten years, depending on their age as of the Settlement’s effective date (January 7, 2017) to have a baseline medical examination conducted.
Retired players 43 and older must receive a baseline examination within two years of the date the Baseline Assessment Program becomes available to all players. The Baseline Assessment Program is anticipated to become available to retired players no later than May 7, 2017.
Retired players under 43 must be examined within 10 years of commencement of the testing or before they turn 45 years old, whichever is earlier.
MONETARY AWARD FUND (MAF)
The financial component of the Settlement
Does a retired player have any specific time limit to submit a claim for financial compensation?
Retired NFL Players and Representative Claimants for retired players who have received a formal diagnosis by the effective date of Settlement (January 7, 2017) must submit their claim for a monetary award within two years of receiving the diagnosis.
Retired NFL Players and Representative Claimants for retired players who are diagnosed after the effective date of Final Settlement (January 7, 2017) have two years from the date of their diagnosis to file their claim. This deadline may be extended up to an additional two years upon a showing of substantial hardship.