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NFL is removing a $675 million cap on damages from concussions

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Although football is certainly an exciting sport it's not without risks. In fact there have been so many claims for concussion related injuries the NFL is removing a $675 million cap on damages stemming from thousands of concussion associated claims reported ESPN on June 25, 2014. The NFL decided to take this move after a federal judge raised questions about whether there would be enough money to cover the claims of as many as 20,000 retired players.

The revised settlement agreement which has been filed in federal court in Philadelphia has also eliminated a provision which barred any person who gets concussion damages from the NFL from suing the NCAA or other amateur football leagues. Back in January U.S. District Judge Anita Brody had denied preliminary approval of this deal due to concerns the money could run out sooner than had been expected.

The settlement which was negotiated over several months has been designed to last at least 65 years and to cover retired football players who develop Lou Gehrig's disease, dementia or other neurological problems which are believed to have been caused by concussions which were suffered during their pro football careers. Plaintiffs' lawyer Christopher Seeger said this was a fantastic deal when it was presented and now it's been improved. There are thousands of former players who have filed suit with some of them accusing the NFL of fraud for how it has handled concussions.

The NFL with about 5,000 retired players have reached an agreement on a revised settlement dealing with the NFL concussion litigation which is pending in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania reports The Washington Post. There is no monetary limit in the new agreement which has an open-ended commitment to pay former players who suffer from dementia and other qualifying health issues which are associated with repeated hits to the head. This revised agreement seems fairer for former players who have found out the hard way that such injury associated illnesses represent a very dark side of playing football.