SAN DIEGO – Relatives of the late Chargers star Junior Seau decided to opt out of a proposed settlement between the NFL and about 4,500 former players over brain injuries sustained by concussions, according to the family attorney.
A settlement of $765 million was reached following mediation in Philadelphia last year requires the NFL and NFL Properties to provide medical benefits and injury compensation for retired NFL football players, fun medical and safety research and cover litigation expenses.
Under the terms of the proposed settlement, relatives of former players with chronic traumatic encephalopathy would qualify for up to $4 million.
The Seau family’s decision means they will proceed with a wrongful death lawsuit they filed in January 2013. Their lawsuit alleges the NFL concealed the dangers of football-related head trauma.
Seau, who grew up in Oceanside, died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound in May 2012. His son said he suffered from wild mood swings, irrationality, forgetfulness, insomnia and depression that got progressively worse over time.
An examination of Seau’s brain by federal health officials determined that he suffered from a debilitating brain condition common to people who have suffered repetitive head injuries.
The listed plaintiffs on the Seau lawsuit are Gina Seau, Seau’s ex-wife; their children Tyler, Sydney, Jake and Hunter, and Bette Hoffman, trustee of his estate.