This past September, the NFL reached a tentative settlement with former players who have experienced traumatic head and brain injuries. Judge Anita Brody, who had previously rejected a proposed settlement for this case, is currently delaying a decision over whether or not the $765 million should be approved.
Judge Brody’s apprehensions stem partially from the fact that the originally proposed settlement was meant to cover approximately 4,500 plaintiffs, where it would be used to provide 65 years of monetary compensation, health benefits, and research. Currently, however, there are at least 20,000 plaintiffs eligible for compensation. Brody’s main concern is that the $675 million allocated for compensation will not be able to cover this plaintiff load for 65 years.
In order to determine the expected longevity of the settlement awards, Judge Brody has asked case attorneys to provide evidence that players will receive adequate care over a 65 year span. Brody has also hired an expert financial analyst to this end. The calculations must take into account the awards of up to $5 million that younger injured players will receive.
After preliminary approval for the settlement has been granted, NFL Concussion cases are eligible for funding from RD Legal. However, at the present, it is uncertain whether this settlement is simply being postponed, or whether it will be rejected altogether.
Written by Shayna Keyles