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Lawyers detail $765M plan for NFL concussions

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January 6, 2014 (AP) – Lawyers representing former NFL players in the proposed $765 million settlement of concussion-related claims have detailed how the money would be distributed.

The awards could reach $5 million for athletes with Lou Gehrig’s disease, $4 million for suicides, and $3 million for dementia cases.

Senior U.S. District Judge Anita Brody of Philadelphia must still approve the plan.

Under the formula, men under 45 would get the most money because of their lifetime needs. The money decreases with age and the severity of the cognitive problem.

A 60-year-old with Alzheimer’s disease would get $950,000; an 80-year-old with early dementia $25,000.

The former players include Kevin Turner of the Philadelphia Eagles, who is battling Lou Gehrig’s disease. Now 44, he says he hopes the settlement helps future players avoid concussion-related brain injuries.


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