Derivative Claimants

163. Who is a Derivative Claimant?


A Derivative Claimant is someone who has a right to recover because he or she has a certain relationship with a Retired NFL Football Player, such as a spouse, parent, or child.

If the Claims Administrator finds one or more Derivative Claimants eligible for a Derivative Claimant Award, their combined Award will be 1% of the Player’s Monetary Award. This 1% comes out of the Player’s Award and is not on top of it.

164. Can a Retired NFL Football Player have more than one Derivative Claimant?


Yes. A Retired NFL Football Player can have more than one Derivative Claimant. If multiple Derivative Claimants are attached to a Player and the Claims Administrator finds them eligible for a Derivative Claimant Award, they share the 1% of the Player’s Monetary Award.

165. May someone be a Derivative Claimant of more than one Retired NFL Football Player?


Yes. A person who wishes to pursue a claim based on relationships with more than one Retired NFL Football Player must submit a Registration Form for each such relationship.

166. Can a deceased person be a Derivative Claimant?


No. A deceased person is not eligible for a Derivative Claimant Award in this Settlement Program. Only living Derivative Claimants can submit Derivative Claim Packages or receive a Derivative Claimant Award.

167. Can I register as a Retired NFL Football Player’s Derivative Claimant if I also registered as a Representative Claimant?


Yes, you can register as the Representative Claimant of the Retired NFL Football Player and as a Derivative Claimant of that Player. You must use two different Registration Forms, one for each role.

Reminder: A Representative Claimant registers on behalf of a Retired NFL Football Player who cannot do so himself because he is legally incapacitated or incompetent or has died. A Derivative Claimant registers on his or her own behalf, based on a relationship with a Retired NFL Football Player.

168. Do Derivative Claimants have to register for benefits?


Yes, Derivative Claimants must register before they can submit Derivative Claim Packages. A Derivative Claimant’s deadline to register is 30 days after the related Retired NFL Football Player submits a Claim Package. If you are a Derivative Claimant, you can register in one of two ways:

(1) Online: go to https://www.nflconcussionsettlement.com/register.aspx and follow the step-by-step instructions.


(2) Mail: a Registration Form is available on the Forms page of the Settlement Website for you to download, print and mail (click here to get it) to the Claims Administrator at one of the addresses listed here.


Reminder: Registering is not the same as submitting a Derivative Claim Package. The Claims Administrator will hold 1% of the Player’s Monetary Award if any Derivative Claimants have registered or there is still time for one to register, but Derivative Claimants must still submit a complete and timely Derivative Claim Package. The Claims Administrator will review Derivative Claim Packages to determine eligibility for Derivative Claimant Awards only after the associated Player becomes eligible for a Monetary Award.

169. What happens if no one registers as a Derivative Claimant for a Retired NFL Football Player?


If no one registers as a Derivative Claimant of a Retired NFL Football Player and the timeframe to do so has run out, the Claims Administrator will not reserve the 1% of the Player’s Monetary Award for any potential Derivative Claimant Awards.

The 1% deduction from the Player’s Monetary Award is for potential Derivative Claimant Awards. There may be no Derivative Claimant who is eligible to receive a Derivative Claimant Award. If that is the case, the 1% amount will be awarded back to the Player. Click here to read the Overview of Derivative Claimant Process for more information.

170. How do I submit a Derivative Claim Package?


If you created a Portal account on the Claims Administrator’s Settlement Website (www.nflconcussionsettlement.com), log in and follow the directions to submit your Derivative Claim Package. You also can create a Portal account now if you would like and submit your Derivative Claim Package online. If you do not have a Portal account and do not wish to create one, you can mail your Derivative Claim Package to the Claims Administrator. The address is listed here.

Reminder: The Portal is a secure website where you (or, if you are represented, your lawyer) and the settlement administrators can exchange information easily and quickly. You do not have to use the Portal to participate in the Settlement Program. Even if you use the Portal, you can tell the Claims Administrator you prefer to send and receive information by mail.

171. Where do I send my Derivative Claim Package if I do not use an online Portal?


You can send your Derivative Claim Package using one of these methods:

U.S. Mail:

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