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Insurer that Paid Disability Claim to Former NFL Player, Now Claims Fraud

(Editor’s note: The following is an excerpt from an article in Concussion Litigation Reporter. For more details and the full story, please subscribe to CLR.)

A California insurance company has sued a former National Football League player, claiming that the player fabricated injuries, such as a concussion, while leading an active lifestyle.

The origins of the dispute extend back to 2010 when the player filed a workers’ compensation claim for injuries he suffered during his career as a professional football player.

The physicians who examined him determined that he was 89 percent disabled. The player allegedly said he had difficulty with his usual work activities, hobbies and recreational activities. He further claimed that he could not sit for more than two hours at a time, according to the suit. The insurance company awarded him a 6-figure settlement.

All that changed when the company learned that the player was allegedly feigning injury, and not disabled as he claimed.

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April Issue of ‘Concussion Litigation Reporter’ Now Available

The latest issue of Concussion Litigation Reporter has been posted for subscribers.

Bridgett Wallace, the CEO and Co-Founder of “Concussion Health” recently visited with Concussion Litigation Reporter for an exclusive interview about her organization and the impact it is having on a national basis. This article is among those listed below.

  • Trainer Fired After Failing to Begin ‘Return to Play’ Protocol on Student
  • Mayo Clinic Researchers Tout Test to Gauge Severity of Concussions
  • Report Clears Chargers Medical Staff in Concussion Case
  • The Webster Case May Disprove NFL Fraud
  • AB 1309 Tries to Knock Out California Pro-Athlete Workers’ Compensation
  • Tennessee’s Concussion Law Awaits the Governor’s Signature
  • Concussion Health CEO Talks Training and Certification

Also of interest is Dustin Fink’s (Founder of The Concussion Blog) comment on the firing of one particular trainer. He minces no words in saying, “This entire situation stinks of over-reaction and power grabbing.”

See Concussion Litigation Reporter for this month’s issue.

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Firm Representing Ex-Players Brings Another Concussion Lawsuit

There are tens of thousands of men, who have played in the National Football League.

Many of them have lined up to be plaintiffs in lawsuits that allege that the NFL either fraudulently concealed information about the dangers of concussions, or were at least negligent in not recognizing the dangers. Many more are apparently joining the party.

Earlier today, the Locks Law Firm, representing more than 72 ex-players, filed two more lawsuits against the NFL.

The first was an individual complaint filed on behalf of Greg Landry, a quarterback who played for the Detroit Lions and Baltimore Colts from 1968 to 1981 and for the Chicago Bears in 1984.

The second complaint includes 72 former NFL players. Golden Richards, wide receiver for the Dallas Cowboys and Chicago Bears for eight seasons, serves as the first named plaintiff in the lawsuit.  Both cases were filed in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.

The two new suits bring the total number of brain injury litigation lawsuits filed by the Locks Law Firm to 11, filed on behalf of nearly 600 former players.  The firm also represents the spouses of many of the former players, which number in the hundreds.

The lawsuits charge that the NFL and other defendants intentionally and fraudulently misrepresented and/or concealed medical evidence about the short and long-term risks regarding repetitive traumatic brain impacts and concussions and failed to warn players that they risked permanent brain damage if they returned to play too soon after sustaining concussive and sub-concussive injuries.  The first hearing of the federal litigation, which has been transferred to and consolidated in the federal court in Philadelphia, will begin on April 25.

The plaintiffs are seeking medical monitoring, compensation, and financial recovery for the short-term, long-term, and chronic injuries, financial and intangible losses, and expenses for the individual former and present NFL players and their spouses.

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