According to ESPN (7/29/14), in addition to the fund, the NCAA will implement one single policy that will govern how players who suffer head blows are treated, rather than allowing individual teams to determine their own policy. Not included in the settlement, however, is money to pay players who suffer brain trauma. Those players will reportedly have to sue for damages or will have to pay out of pocket for any treatment.
In agreeing to the settlement, the NCAA admits to no wrongdoing. The organization has denied that it misled players about the dangers associated with concussions. The first lawsuit in the action that led to this settlement was filed in 2011 by a player who alleged he suffered five concussions and developed memory loss, seizures and depression.
The proposed settlement has not yet received the approval of the courts.
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The court found that the bus driver was operating the bus in a reckless manner and upheld the $15.3 million verdict against Alameda-Contra Costa Transit District. According to a separate CBS report (5/7/14), a jury in May awarded Francisco $14.3 million and her daughter $1 million for emotional distress after AC Transit refused to settle.
Video of the incident reportedly also showed the bus driver threatening to have Francisco arrested if she was faking her injuries.