((HT: Kevin Turner Foundation))
The NFL agreed to remove the US$675 million cap on damages in the 20,000 concussion-related claims put forth in a lawsuit against the league since it was widely thought that the money would run out sooner than all affected could receive their part of the settlement.
The settlement is designed to last at least 65 years and cover retired players who develop ALS, dementia or other neurological problems believed to be caused by concussions suffered during their playing days.
The original settlement was:
$675 million for compensatory claims
$75 million for testing and
$10 million for medical research and education.
The NFL would also pay an additional $112 million to the players' lawyers
That cap is gone, but there is a formula that involves math concerning a plaintiff's age and severity of illness.
At the same time in Washington DC, something called the "Senate Aging Committee" met to figure out how to examine the long-term impact of sports-related brain injuries. Former WWE'er Chris Nowinski was scheduled to speak during the hearings.
But he wasn't the only one...
Here's the speech on Capitol Hill by Craig Sanderson- speaking for former Alabama running back Kevin Turner and the Kevin Turner Foundation
Turner was quoted once the settlement was figured out:
"The compensation provided in this settlement will lift a heavy burden off of the men who are suffering," he said in a statement. "I am also personally comforted by the knowledge that this settlement is guaranteed to be there for any retired player who needs it."
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