NHL concussion lawsuit reportedly near settlement
A lawsuit brought against the NHL over what more than 100 former players claim was negligence in dealing with their head injuries could be on the verge of a settlement.
According to a Forbes report on Friday, the case is "on the verge" of a
settlement agreement worth a total of $18.9 million. Per the report, the lead
attorney for the players is pushing for acceptance of the agreement, which
would give $6.9 million to the players, or just $22,000 each.
The lawsuit was filed in November 2013. In July 2018, a federal judge denied a
bid by the plaintiffs to have the case receive class-action status, and
negotiations between the two sides began with a few months of that ruling.
Beyond their claims of negligence against the league, the former players say
the NHL concealed the long-term risks of head injuries.
The case has spurred scientific debates about the long-term consequences of
concussions and whether they lead to the debilitating brain disease known as
chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), the same condition that came to light
in the NFL.
If the settlement is finalized, it remains to be seen whether all of the
players involved would agree to be covered or pursue the case individually.
Separately, former players Daniel Carcillo and Nick Boynton filed their own
lawsuit in June, also alleging the league withheld information about the
long-term health dangers from concussion-related injuries.
"The NHL is long overdue in acknowledging the significant risks inherent in
their style of game," William T. Gibbs, one of the lawyers who filed the case,
said in a press release at the time.
--Field Level Media