An American federal judge has urged NFL retirees to register for a concussion settlement that could cost the league $US1 billion ($1.3 billion) over 65 years. Approximately 22,000 retirees have been encouraged to get baseline neurological testing.
The league expects more than 6,000 of them to eventually be diagnosed with dementia or Alzheimer’s disease.
Lawyers reminded participants they must register for the settlement by August 7, which could make then eligible for treatment and damage awards. The awards could reach several million dollars for younger men with the most severe neurological damage, such as amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or ALS. The average award is expected to be about $US190,000 ($248,610) for those suffering from Alzheimer’s disease or moderate dementia.
The awards do not cover depression, mood disorders or future cases of chronic encephalopathy, or CTE, which some consider the signature disease of the high-contact sport.