Will NFL use Workers’ Compensation as an exclusive remedy?
More than 20 lawsuits name the NFL as a defendant alleging the league negligently misled hundreds of former players about the dangers of concussions and other head injuries. The league’s official provider of helmets, Riddell Inc., is a defendant in some of the suits.
The NFL will probably argue that players who suffered concussions should be covered solely by provisions of the league’s collective bargaining agreement, according to Michael McGlamry, an attorney representing many of the players. Those provisions include workers compensation, disability benefits and the NFL‘s 88 Plan, which covers medical and custodial care of retired NFL players with dementia.