The NFL has come to terms with players over concussion-related brain injuries, agreeing on a a tentative $765 million settlement, ESPN reports. The settlement covers the league’s 18,000 retired players, with the NFL "agreeing to compensate victims, pay for medical exams and underwrite research," the story reports.
The deal, announced just before the start of the 2013 season, comes after months of court-ordered mediation and would settle a lawsuit brought by more than 4,500 former players.
"One of the principal terms of the settlement is that the agreement ‘cannot be considered, an admission by the NFL of liability, or an admission that plaintiffs’ injuries were caused by football,’" the story reports. "According to the settlement, $675 million of the $765 million would be used to compensate former players and families of deceased players who have suffered cognitive injury, including the families of players who committed suicide after suffering from chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE). Other money will be used for baseline medical exams, the cost of which will be capped at $75 million. The NFL also will fund research and education at a cost of $10 million."
The report also notes: "Individual awards would be capped at $5 million for men who have or develop ALS (Lou Gehrig’s disease), Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s disease or another severe cognitive impairment; $4 million for those diagnosed with CTE after their deaths; and $3 million for players with dementia."
The settlement still must be approved by Senior U.S. District Judge Anita Brody in Philadelphia.