The National Hockey League announced a nearly $19 million settlement with former players who had sued the league over brain injuries suffered while playing. According to the lawsuit, the league and team medical staffs kept the players in the dark over the potential harm they faced. The suit alleged the NHL of failing to protect the former players from head injuries that could lead to the brain disease Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy or warning them of the risks involved.
Each player who opts in would receive $22,000 and could be eligible for up to $75,000 in medical treatment. The settlement also includes neurological testing and assessment for players paid for by the league, and a $2.5 million “Common Good Fund” for retired players in need, including those who did not participate in the litigation.
The lawsuit also had a broader impact on the league involving safety. The NHL has changed its on-ice policies by instituting a concussion protocol. The new rules include harsher penalties for hits to the head and removal of players who show symptoms of potential concussions.
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