$1B NFL concussion settlement — 5 things to know

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After nearly six years of complex negotiations, former NFL players claiming to suffer from football-inflicted brain injuries have yet to receive monetary compensation from the league, according to ESPN.

Here’s what you need to know:

1. Thousands of former players and their families have filed hundreds of lawsuits since 2011, claiming the NFL had covered up the link between football and brain damage.

2. Although a settlement was reached in 2013, the overseeing judge and a series of objections prevented the case from being finalized until very recently.

3. Legal fees have severely cut into money former players and their families were supposed to gain.

4. Many former players depend on the monetary award to fund the care of their respective conditions.

5. The NFL agreed to pay lawyers who negotiated the settlement $112.5 million, but those who have been involved disagree on the exact amount each attorney deserves to earn.

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