Tuesday, July 8 2014, 07:49 AM EDT
NFL settlement for brain injuries caused by football
Thousands of pro football players will soon get testing and treatment for brain injuries.
It will be paid for, in part, by a multimillion dollar settlement reached between players and the NFL.
A federal judge in Philadelphia has approved a preliminary settlement reached nearly a year ago.
It's part of a class action lawsuit filed by thousands of former football players against the NFL.
The NFL agreed to pay for concussion-related compensation, medical research, and legal expenses.
The landmark deal marks the beginning of the the end of a legal fight by thousands of players.
"We knew there was going to be some aches and pains and some joints some ligaments that may be damaged, we signed up for that, fine. Not being able to remember any of this? Didn't sign up for that," Dorsey Levens retired NFL player, said.
There is no cap on the amount of money available and players will receive compensation for 65 years.
A hearing to assess the fairness of the outcome of the case is scheduled for November -- likely ending a long battle that began on the field and ended in court.