A tentative settlement was reached last month in a lawsuit against the National Hockey League brought by players who have been injured by concussions and other head injuries. The lawsuit involved more than 100 former players who blame the NHL for failing to better prevent head trauma or warn players of risks while it simultaneously promoted violent play that lead to injuries.
Although the monetary amount of the settlement was not disclosed, it is expected to be much less than the billion-dollar agreement reached between the National Football League and its former injured players over the same issue.
The NHL said that it would not acknowledge liability for any of the players’ claims. Attorneys for the retired players say the settlement will include: a cash payment for players who chose to participate in the lawsuit; neurological testing and assessment for players paid by the league; and a fund to pay for the costs and as much as $75,000 in medical treatment for any players who test positive on two or more tests.
Players who did not participate in the lawsuit may continue to pursue their own personal claims against the league.
Lawyers for the players expect payouts to reach $1.5 billion over the next 65 years. As of September 2018, the NHL lawsuit claims panel has approved more than $500 million in awards and paid out $330 million.