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Concussion lawsuit against NFL settles for $675M

There are many ways in which someone could suffer a brain injury such as a concussion. While car accidents and other accidents could lead to this injury occurring, hits to the head while playing football are a potential cause as well. Many football fans residing in Fairfax City, Virginia are likely aware of the lawsuit filed against the National Football League by thousands former players, as well as their families regarding this matter. 

The lawsuit alleged that the NFL purposely failed to inform players about the risks traumatic brain injuries posed to individuals who repeatedly suffered from them. Plaintiffs to the case claimed this was accomplished by the Mild Traumatic Brain Injury Committee only providing information suggesting that the concussions suffered by the players did not have any connection to long-term brain damage.

Over the course of the last few years the topic has received attention after two former players who commit suicide were found to be suffering from chronic traumatic encephalopathy. Other players who took part in the lawsuit suffer from dementia or ALS.

That lawsuit recently settled before entering the discovery phase during which time evidence regarding knowledge the NFL had would be disclosed. The settlement creates a fund of $675 million for the former players or their families that will be paid out over the course of the next 20 years. In addition, up to $75 million has been set aside for medical exams for retired players. Current and future players are likely pleased that an additional $10 million was allotted for education and research into the matter. As a part of the settlement the league has not accepted any responsibility for the conditions former players are experiencing.

When the negligence of another person or entity is to blame for someone suffering a traumatic brain injury, a civil lawsuit may be appropriate. While such large settlements are not common, smaller amounts are likely nonetheless welcomed by those living with the aftermath of a brain injury. A lawyer who handles personal injury lawsuits can help determine if such a lawsuit is viable.

Source: CNN, “NFL and ex-players reach deal in concussion lawsuit,” Stephanie Smith, Aug. 29, 2013

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