The National Football League has agreed to pay $765 million dollars to more than 4,500 former players who suffered from brain injuries and concussions during their professional careers. The injured players sued the NFL for hiding the serious dangers of concussions and other brain injuries while promoting the intensity and violent nature of the sport. The league has agreed to pay around $170,000 to each player as well as fund ongoing medical treatment for brain injuries and concussion-related research.
For an industry that generates around $10 billion in revenue per year, this settlement is considered by some to be a win for the NFL. However, Former US District Judge Lynn Phillips - an appointed mediator for the concussion litigation - assures all parties that the players will be fairly compensated for their injuries and receive the money and medical treatment they need and deserve.
Perhaps the most important part of this settlement agreement is the decision to promote player safety and fund medical research that will make the game safer for all levels of football. "This is an important step that builds on the significant changes we've made in recent years to make the game safer, and we will continue our work to better the long-term health and well-being of NFL players," states NFL Executive Vice President Jeffrey Pash. According to a press release issued by NFL Communications, the league is planning to allocate $10 million toward "medical, safety, and injury-prevention research and toward educating retired players on NFL benefits programs."
The historic agreement will be submitted for approval to United States District Judge Anita B. Brody, who is presiding over these cases from Philadelphia. Once approved, the NFL will pay approximately half of the settlement amount over a span of three years, and the remaining balance over the next 17 years.
Concussions are a serious matter; head injuries can create lifelong health problems and can contribute to issues like dementia, Alzheimer's, ALS, and severe cognitive impairment. Ongoing medical bills and treatment for these types of health issues can cost hundreds of thousands of dollars. If you or a loved one has suffered from a concussion or other brain injury, please call the legal team at George Sink, P.A. Injury Lawyers to discuss a potential case and what options may be available to you. We are available 24/7 and can meet you at a time and place that is convenient for you. Call anytime to schedule an appointment in Charleston, Columbia, Greenville, Orangeburg, Walterboro, Moncks Corner or anywhere else in South Carolina.