Wednesday, April 22, 2015

N.F.L. Concussion Settlement Is Given Final Approval -

Brain tissue -healthy and with CTE

Count me among the skeptics. I recognize the need to compromise when facts and law are in doubt - and injured plaintiffs need help now.  But as recent reports indicate scientists are making progress in identifying chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) in the living.  The settlement only compensates those who died and were diagnosed by autopsy.  What about those still living who can later document the condition but do not develop ALS or Parkinsonism or other recognized illness?  To my knowledge there is no provision for such developments. - gwc
N.F.L. Concussion Settlement Is Given Final Approval -

by Ken Belson

: "A federal district court judge on Wednesday gave her final approval to the settlement brought by more than 5,000 former players who accused the N.F.L. of hiding from them the dangers of concussions, a major hurdle in ending one of the most contentious legal battles in league history. [court documents]

 The NFL Concussion Settlement is designed to provide payments of up to $5 million to players who have one of a handful of severe neurological disorders, medical monitoring of all players to determine when or if they may qualify for a payment and $10 million for education about concussions.

 The landmark deal, which many players criticized, was originally reached in August 2013, but Judge Anita B. Brody twice asked the two sides to revise their agreement, first to uncap the amount of damages that can be paid for diagnosable conditions and then to remove the limit on how much can be spent on medical monitoring.    As part of the deal, the N.F.L. insisted that all retired players — not just the 5,000 or so who sued the league — be covered by the settlement as a way to fend off lawsuits in the future. But about 200 players opted out of the settlement to preserve their right to continue fighting the league."

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