Only 4 of 1054 Dementia Claims Paid to Date
NFL Has Unchecked Audit Power
50+% Claims Under Audit
Audits Weaponized as Delay Tactic
Spokespeople for the NFL are often quoted as saying the NFL wants to pay “legitimate claims” in the NFL Concussion Settlement. This implies that the continued suffering and deaths of Former NFL players whose claims have not been paid must be “illegitimate.”
In reality the NFL just does not want to pay the claims, as they agreed to do, under the settlement.
Thus far the NFL is doing just that, with the help of who some consider a corrupt Co-lead Class Counsel-Chris Seeger, a puppet Claims Administror-Orran Brown, who seems eager to do the NFL’s bidding, and an 82 year old Federal Judge-Anita Brody, who some have speculated may be losing her mental faculties.
A recent study by Boston University showed that 99% of the deceased NFL players’ brains were riddled with Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE). CTE is a progressive degenerative disease of the brain found in people with a history of repetitive brain trauma, often athletes, including symptomatic concussions, as well as asymptomatic sub-concussive hits to the head, that do not cause symptoms.
At the insistence of the NFL and Chris Seeger, carried out by Orran Brown unfair and unfounded delay tactics have been implemented in the claims process. Most claims are audited and appealed, with less than 6% paid a year after the settlement went into effect. An even more shocking statistic shows that of the 1054 dementia claims (the bulk of claims filed), only 4 have been paid. The NFL would have us believe that retired NFL players somehow colluded with Board of Certified Neurologists and Neurosurgeons to receive a fraudulent diagnosis.
The class members, in this settlement, happen to be predominantly African-American, who the NFL de facto accuses of being a bunch of fraudsters and tricksters through the claims process. The NFL has unchecked audit power under the settlement and wields it often, in an attempt to frustrate players by delaying claims, hoping the brain damaged victim will relent and go away.