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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.

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