Judge approves settlement in NFL concussion lawsuit

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – In a landmark case, a judge approved a settlement in the NFL concussion lawsuit.

The deal will compensate former NFL players for concussion related brain injuries and claims.

It comes just weeks after the NFL agreed to remove a $675 million cap on damages.

Critics have said the league was getting off lightly. More than 4,500 former players filed suit, some accusing the league of fraud for failure to warn of the concussions.

I-Team 8’s chief investigative reporter Karen Hensel’s investigation in May found there is still no standard for the helmets worn by kids who play football.

But new helmet guidelines released weeks ago to address concussion prevention. Former Indianapolis Colts tight end Ben Utecht is among more than 130 Colts players included in the NFL lawsuit.

He told Karen Monday night. “I am happy for those players and their families who are in need of immediate financial support!”


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