Is the NFL Brain Injury Settlement Sufficient?
Last week, the NFL announced it had reached a settlement with 5,000 former players who sustained brain injury while playing professional football. The $765 million settlement will be distributed to those players who were part of the claim, but the league estimates it will pay an additional $1 billion to injured players over the next 35 years.
Not all players with football related brain injury signed on to this settlement. Some held out in order to file their own lawsuits. Others held out because this settlement does not cover chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), one of the most common types of degenerative brain disorders caused by multiple concussions.
CTE can cause memory loss, severe depression and mood swings. Many people who suffer from CTE take their own lives while others suffer through these symptoms as they impact every area of their lives. Sadly, CTE is not reserved for professional athletes and may be sustained by those playing in college, high school, and middle school as well. If someone you love has suffered multiple head injuries while playing sports, you may be entitled to seek compensation for current and future medical needs.