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Concussion Settlement

Jan 31, 2015; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Tyler Seau represents his late father Junior Seau (not pictured) during a press conference to introduce the 2015 Pro Football Hall of Fame inductees at Symphony Hall. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

The NFL’s concussion settlement was approved last week by U.S. District Judge Anita Brody for an uncapped fund that could end up being up to $1 billion in payouts to former NFL players and families for diagnoses related to brain trauma sustained during time playing in the league.

The settlement gives players 180 days to register for the payout and there is a payment schedule based on different payout amounts for different levels of injury going from $1.5 million for level 1 neurocognitive impairment to $5 million for ALS.

Players and families that were excluded from the settlement were those who have already opted out to pursue their own litigation, like Junior Seau’s family.

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