The National Football League has reached a historic settlement with its former players. A lawsuit has been settled with more than 4,500 retired players who were suing the league, accusing them of deliberately concealing the dangers of head trauma. The players claimed the league didn’t do enough to warn of the risk of permanent brain damage if they played too soon after a concussion.
Though it still needs to be approved by the judge, the deal calls for the NFL to pay $765 million to fund medical exams, concussion-related compensation, medical research for retired NFL players and their families, and litigation expenses. This is about $150,000 per player. What is the settlement structure? Do the players with real diagnosed injuries get more. I’m sure they do, but we don’t yet know how it will actually go down.
In the lawsuit, the Plaintiffs claimed that they suffered from neurological problems after sustaining traumatic impacts to the head, and that the league hid the evidence for years. Did they hide evidence? We won’t know for a while now.