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A report released by the National Football League and the NFL Players' Association shows that the rate for former NFL players to develop brain conditions such as Alzheimer's or dementia is two times higher than the general public's. The data report was created to give a guideline for the concussion settlement and was compiled by lawyers for the ex-players suing for damages.
The report, which shows that three in ten former NFL players are likely to develop brain disorders such as dementia, was given to the U.S. District judge overseeing the lawsuit. The settlement for former players is a fund of about $735 million to be paid out to those in the class action suit.
The data shows that about fourteen percent of former NFL players are or will be diagnosed with Alzheimers and another fourteen percent will develop moderate dementia. Given that 19,000 former players are living, about 6,000 of them are at risk for or have likely been diagnosed with either of these mental disorders.
Although an agreed-upon settlement of $735 million has already been reached, the report could sway the judge to raise the amount of the settlement in light of the new information. Neither the NFL Players' Association nor the lawyers for those in the class action have asked for a change in settlement.
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