After months of court-ordered mediation, a Pennsylvania federal judge announced that the NFL and retired football players have reached a settlement agreement for the concussion and brain injury lawsuit filed by the players last year. *Sources: www.nfl.com; www.law.com
More than 4,500 former football players sued the league and accused the league of hiding the dangers of concussions and allowing players back in the game when they should have been benched. The retired football players’ brain injuries include dementia, depression and Alzheimer’s disease.
The NFL agreed to pay $765 million to the players. $75 million of the settlement is devoted to baseline medical exams for any other former players who are likely to be eligible for the class action settlement. The bulk of the money will be kept in a fund and paid to the players depending on their conditions. Ex-players with Alzheimer’s disease would be capped at $5 million; those with brain condition called chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) at $4 million; and those with dementia with $3 million.
The issue of NFL players sustaining brain injuries due to hits in the game has gained a lot of attention due to media coverage and this lawsuit. However, college and high school football players also often sustain concussions and brain injuries like the NFL players. In fact, college football players take more hits to the head than professional football players. See What College Football Players Should Know About Hits, Concussions & Brain Injury.
The NCAA and high schools should seriously look into decreasing the number of hits athletes sustain during a season in light of all the research and attention to concussions and traumatic brain injuries.
If you or a loved one sustained a traumatic brain injury while playing a contact sport and want to know your legal rights, contact our sports injury lawyers at White and Williams. 877.944.8396
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