A proposed settlement in the National Football League (NFL) Players’ Concussion Injury Litigation will contribute $765 million to immediate medical support for former football players in addition to funding new brain injury safety and research programs.
The agreement, which needs approval by the Court, is a victory for more than 18,000 retired players who will now receive the care they need for a range of neurological injuries including amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), Alzheimer’s disease, dementia and chronic traumatic encephalopathy.
“We are extremely pleased of the settlement outcome,” said Anapol Schwartz attorney and Executive Committee member Larry Coben. “The retired players and their families who made football what it is today deserve the financial support this settlement provides. Their determination and patience to pursue a fair resolution of this litigation is the reason it happened.”
When the first federal lawsuit was filed by Coben and Sol Weiss, many former players suffering from neurological problems were uncertain about their futures and concerned for the well-being of future generations of NFL players.
This settlement will provide compensation to retired players who need immediate help and baseline assessments and medical benefits to those who are symptom-free or beginning to show signs of neurocognitive deficit.
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