On Thursday, the National Football League reached a tentative settlement with thousands of retired players, over a lawsuit that alleged the league did little to protect them against brain injuries.
The NFL agreed to a proposed $765 million dollar settlement with thousands of former pro-players pertaining to traumatic brain related injuries sustained while they played football.
According to the judge’s order, filed at the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, the league agreed to fund medical exams for its retired players, finance medical research and pay concussion-related compensation to the victims.
More than 4,500 former NFL players were involved in the class-action lawsuit, including Dallas Cowboys legend, and NFL Hall of Famer, Randy White. White currently receives treatment for his injuries at Carrick Brain Centers in Irving.
“We have a lot of NFL players that come through here, quite a few,” Dr. Brandon Brock of Carrick Brain Centers said. “We’ve treated them and we’ve seen the results: chronic, traumatic, encephalopathy and chronic head injuries.”
The lawsuit alleged the league failed to protect its players from the dangerous consequences of playing with a concussed brain.
“One of the problems was people were put back in the game too soon, they sustained multiple head injuries, they were asked a couple of questions, to see if they could continue,” Dr. Brock said.
Technology has made it significantly easier for doctors to detect the extent of damage to the brain, when a player suffers a concussion. Dr. Brock said injuries are inherent with football, yet healing is essential to ensuring a healthy brain.
“Even if equipment improves, and the rules change a little bit, there’s still going to be head injuries, and people are still going to need the right amount of time to heal.”
The multi-million dollar settlement awaits approval from the judge presiding over this case.
To read a full copy of the judge’s order, click here.