News

NFL eliminates cap on player payments for concussions

NFL eliminates cap on player payments for concussions

CONCUSSIONS:Under the revised terms, funds will be available once the compensation program is set up to any retired player who develops certain neurocognitive conditions, including dementia, Alzheimer’s disease and Parkinson’s disease, according to a statement from the NFL. Photo: Associated Press

By Curtis Skinner

(Reuters) – The National Football League has agreed to eliminate the cap on monetary awards available to players who were part of a major lawsuit over concussions suffered on the field, the NFL said on Wednesday.

The lawsuit was settled between the U.S. league and thousands of former players last August at $765 million, but a federal judge hesitated to sign off on the deal because she worried it would not be enough money to pay all the affected players.

Under the revised terms, funds will be available once the compensation program is set up to any retired player who develops certain neurocognitive conditions, including dementia, Alzheimer’s disease and Parkinson’s disease, according to a statement from the NFL.

The new settlement was reached under the supervision of U.S. District Judge Anita Brody, who presided over the case and had expressed concerns about the settlement. Brody must still finalize the agreement, which was filed in the U.S. District Court for Eastern Pennsylvania for preliminary approval.

“This agreement will give retired players and their families immediate help if they suffer from a qualifying neurocognitive illness, and provide peace of mind to those who fear they may develop a condition in the future,” said Christopher Seeger and Sol Weiss, attorneys for the players, in a statement.

In addition, the agreement requires the NFL to pay for the costs of notifying injured players and administrating the settlement. The league will also set aside $10 million for education on concussion prevention.

Local Headlines

in Local

Clay County Fair Recap

Fresh
ccf1240

More money was spent at this year's Clay County Fair than any other...

in Local

Mowrer In Spencer On Friday

Fresh
mowrer

4th District Congressional candidate Jim Mowrer will The Bear Coffehouse...

in Local

Scholarship Deadline Approaching

Fresh
ilcclog

The October 1st deadline to apply for college scholarships is rapidly approaching...

in Local

2 x 4 Attack Lands Man in Prison

jailcell

28-year-old Earl Cooper will spend five years in prison...

in Local

Teen Arrested For Sexual Assault

News Arrest1240 1

The teen allegedly crawled into the stall of another middle school male student in a boy's restroom...