NFL settles concussion suit for $765 million

JOHN CHICK, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 8:25 PM ET

It’s a landmark moment, one that was years in the making. The NFL reached a tentative $765-million US settlement over concussion-related brain injuries Thursday with approximately 18,000 retired players. Included in the settlement is compensation for victims, payment for medical exams and the league agreeing to underwrite future research.

“This is a historic agreement, one that will make sure that former NFL players who need and deserve compensation will receive it, and that will promote safety for players at all levels of football,” former U.S. District Judge Layn Phillips, the court-appointed mediator in the case, said in a statement. “Rather than litigate literally thousands of complex individual claims over many years, the parties have reached an agreement that, if approved, will provide relief and support where it is needed at a time when it is most needed.”

Half of the $765 million sum will be paid over the next three years, with the rest paid over the following 17. Legal fees were not included in the sum, but the NFL will pay those also. The plaintiffs in the case included several members of the Pro Football Hall of Fame, including former Dallas Cowboys running back Tony Dorsett. It also includes the family of former NFL linebacker Junior Seau, who committed suicide last year. The settlement however will include all players (whether they were part of the original lawsuit or not) who will have retired as of the date the court gives preliminary approval of the settlement.

The dark cloud of concussions and brain trauma has been hanging over football for a few years now, with doctors commonly finding the effects of chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) among former players, living and dead.


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