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NFL Concussion Lawsuit Reaches $765 Million Settlement

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Years of accusations against the NFL for downplaying the dangers of concussions and traumatic brain injury culminated on Thursday as the organization agreed to a $765 million settlement with over 4,500 players. The sum, which amounts to about $170,000 per player, will fund medical exams, compensation for pain and suffering, and concussion research.

Retired judge Layn Phillips, who served as a mediator between both sides during the dispute, said the agreement will “provide relief and support where it is needed at a time when it is most needed.”

“This is a historic agreement, one that will make sure that former NFL players who need and deserve compensation will receive it, and that will promote safety for players at all levels of football,” Phillips said.

According to lawyers, players do not have to prove that their injuries were received during their time in the NFL. Instead, they will receive compensation based on their time in the league and their current age. Experts expect most of the settlement to be paid in the next three years, but it could take 17 years to pay the entire balance. One of the plaintiff’s lawyers, Christopher Seeger, said reaching the settlement was a success for the players.

“The big picture was we got immediate care to the retired players, and I think we accomplished that,” Seeger said.

Common Symptoms of Delayed Brain Injury

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Brain injuries are one of the leading causes of deaths, and the basis for many personal injury and wrongful death lawsuits. In the United States, vehicular accidents account for 17.3 percent of all traumatic brain injuries. A blow to the head may not seem like a serious injury at first, but symptoms of a head or brain injury often show themselves after the accident has occurred.

During a car accident, the impact of the crash (even though not deadly) can gravely harm the skeletal structure and internal organs of the people inside the vehicle. Whiplash (the sudden extreme backward/forward movement of the neck) or hitting the head on the windshield, steering wheel, air bags, dashboard, or any part of the car with such strong force can lead to brain injuries. Although there are no immediate symptoms, it is always best to go to the hospital for a proper check-up following a car collision: staying conscious after the accident does not guarantee there are no brain injuries. Common symptoms that everyone should be wary of include:

  • Stiff neck or severe headaches
  • Vomiting
  • Impaired taste, hearing, smell, visions (including slurred speech or blurry vision)
  • Confusion or irritability
  • Facial fractures, bruising, swelling or scalp wounds
  • Dilated pupils
  • Blood or any fluid running from the nose, eyes, or mouth
  • Lack of coordination in the arms or legs, or inability to move them

Suffering from a brain injury is a serious health hazard, as it can lead to possible long-term brain damage. This is why going to the hospital without delay is vital. Serious injuries can result in coma, persistent headaches, loss of sensation, hearing, vision, taste, or smell, seizures, paralysis, or problems in speech and language.

It may be true that most head or brain injuries recover quickly, and without further incidents; however, it is still advised to keep a tight watch to those who have suffered a brain injury. Seemingly innocent injuries may still result to long-term complications such as memory loss or cognitive problems because traumatic brain injuries tend to accumulate rather than show signs immediately.

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