Tuesday, July 8, 2014

NFL Brain Injury Settlement

The National Football League has settled a lawsuit filed by thousands of former football players.  A federal judge has approved the settlement which has no limit on the amount of money available to pay retired players with potential neuro-cognitive diseases. 

The settlement is extraordinary as it provides neurological exams and monetary settlements for diagnoses of a number of different chronic brain disorders such as Parkinson's, Alzheimer's and early dementia.  The original lawsuit was filed by approximately 5,000 players but all former players are eligible and will have two years to register for the settlement. 

The original settlement amount of $870 million was deemed was deemed to be too small to cover the high medical costs for serious concussions and brain injuries suffered by many football players.  Despite the potentially large payout, some players have said that the settlement will still not completely compensate past players for their injuries. 

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