A federal court recently approved the settlement of a case filed by over 5,000 former NFL players, who accused the league of not making them aware of concussion dangers.
According to the settlement, the league has to pay $5 million to former players who suffer from serious neurological issues. In addition, the league has to invest $10 million to enhance awareness of concussion. All former NFL players will be medically monitored to find out if they qualify to receive a payment.
In August 2013, Judge Anita B. Brody asked both parties to revise their settlement with the intention of removing the cap imposed on damages that can be paid for neurological conditions and on the amount that needs to be spent for medical monitoring. The NFL urged that all its former players, and not just the 5,000 who had sued it, should be covered to prevent future lawsuits. But 200 players decided not to receive any settlement because they wanted to continue their legal battle against the league.
Payments can be made only after exhausting all the appeals, and if there are no more appeals, former players can start filing claims at the earliest. As Kevin Turner, a former running back who is suffering from Lou Gehrig’s disorder, says, time of great importance and many retired players just do not have a lot of time left. He said: “I hope this settlement is implemented without delay so that we can finally start helping those in need.”
The settlement, however, still has a number of critics.