NFL Reaches Preliminary Settlement in TBI Litigation
The massive litigation involving over 5,000 former NFL players has received final approval for settlement. This agreement includes a “no admission of liability clause” for the league, while past players are compensated for any damages they have sustained during their time in the NFL. The agreement also allows the involved parties to get out of the courtroom and onto the path of treatment, recovery, and future education.
The total settlement could end up costing the league more than $1 billion over 65 years. The awarded amount will go toward:
- Baseline medical exams which will be conducted for 10 years. Any unused funds will be added to the fund for payment of monetary awards;
- Compensation for former players and their families who suffered cognitive injuries;
- Medical, safety, and injury-prevention research (a portion of which will be allocated to promote education in youth football); and
- Legal fees, class notification, and the cost of settlement.
It is estimated that former players will receive an average of $190,000 with the potential for a maximum of $5 million. Involved former players will likely be required to undergo assessments by qualified physicians to determine the severity of their injuries. The more severe cases involving younger former players who have been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), or Parkinson’s disease will be awarded larger amounts than older players.
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