More than 4,000 players have already been named as plaintiffs in a concussion suit against the National Football League but no name rings the bells louder that the newest - Hall of Famer Dan Marino.
Dan Marino is the latest plaintiff to file a concussion suit against the NFL as reported by the Los Angeles Times. He is one of the fifteen plaintiffs named in the case filed with the Philadelphia's U.S District last week. The said lawsuit is centered on the claim of current and former players that the NFL "concealed information about football-related brain injuries," and that the league has been well aware of this way back the early 70s.
Marino, who is the face of the Miami Dolphins franchise from 1983 to 1999, alleged in the short-form complaint that Marino "sustained repetitive, traumatic sub-concussive and/or concussive head impacts during NFL games and/or practices." The lawsuit filed by Marino and 14 other players is looking for "unspecified amount of financial recovery" in damages brought about the concussion claim.
It is unclear if the said suit is incorporated in the suit originally charged against the NFL that resulted to a $765 million settlement, or if Marino plans to join the lawsuit in the forthcoming days. That multi-million settlement is still awaiting the approval of the court and while it was already originally consented upon in August, United States District Judge Angela Brody rejected the arrangement in January.
"We continue to work at the direction of the Court and Special Master as they review the settlement agreement and rightfully ensure that all members of the class are protected," Weiss and Chris Seeger, the other co-lead counsel, said in an official statement. "We look forward to finalizing this agreement so that former players can soon begin taking advantage of its benefits."
This development comes as the NFL has consistently maintained that it has not concealed any information related to head or brain injuries that a player may sustain while actively participating in the league.