Settlement Reached in Concussion Suits 8/30/13
PHILADELPHIA- The NFL has reached a settlement on a concussion-related lawsuit, opting to step out of bounds rather than absorb a possible open-field hit.
The league has agreed to pay $765 million to settle lawsuits from thousands of former players who developed dementia or other concussion-related health problems. The plaintiffs were prepared to argue that injuries were caused by the very on-field violence that fueled the game's rise to popularity and profit.
The settlement was announced after two months of court-ordered mediation and is subject to approval by a federal judge who is expected to rule on it in two to three months.
The plaintiffs include at least 10 members of the Pro Football Hall of Fame as well as the family of Pro Bowl linebacker Junior Seau (SAY'-ow), who committed suicide last year.
The lawsuits accuse the league of hiding known risks of concussions for decades to return players to games and protect its image. The NFL has denied any wrongdoing.