Data for proposed NFL concussion settlement released

Friday September 12th, 2014

The NFL and lawyers of retired players released actuarial data on Friday behind the $765 million concussion settlement that was granted preliminary approval earlier this summer.

Data from the players' lawyers assumes 28 percent of the former players (5,900) will develop brain injuries compensable under the terms of the proposed settlement, with 60 percent of those players filing claims and costs totaling around $950 million. 

Nearly 1,800 players are expected to be rewarded for Alzheimer's Disease and Level 2 dementia over the course of the 65-year settlement.

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The data assumes that 90 percent of the nearly 5,000 players suing the NFL will file a compensatory claim. Money is awarded on a sliding scale, with players diagnosed at younger ages and those who played more years in the league receiving a larger amount.

The proposed settlement includes $675 million for player claims, $75 million for baseline testing and $10 million for medical research. The players lawyers' would receive $112 million for expenses. The total cost for the NFL would be $900 million. 

The actuarial data was compiled before the NFL agreed to remove the cap on monetary awards.

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Earlier this week, a panel of three judges rejected a request for an appeal of the settlement, which would not cover current players.

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