I don’t know about anyone else but I’m thoroughly disgusted by the NFL, the NFLPA and the lawyers once again. But what else is new? Seems like everyone is pushing hard to get the NFL’s concussion settlement pushed through as soon as possible. But it’s not because most retired players will actually get paid soon if at all. Most of you players are now realizing that CTE will NOT be acknowledged let alone covered with any of this settlement money. But the lawyers will get paid almost immediately after the final settlement is fully approved; and not just with that hefty $112 million legal fee treasure chest the League dangled in front of them. If any players get lucky enough to qualify for a settlement after you jump through their hoops and doctors’ mazes, your attorneys will pick up another 30 – 40% of any money you eventually receive. But we already knew that, right? So what’s going to get you worked up today?
Seems like there was another little group that’s also waiting in line for a quick payoff should this deal get finalized. Turns out that Medicare, Medicaid and private health insurers are also lined up outside the door right behind the lawyers to get their piece of the windfall. Yep. The same people who – in all too many of your cases in the past – turned you down for benefits are now looking to collect up to 20% of any settlement money. Why? Because the NFL should have been paying for all of your work-related injuries in the first place so now these people want to come in and take their money back. Kinda like that old joke about divorce: The screwing you get for the screwing you got.
We were only made aware of this recently but there has been some coverage on this from April on Bloomberg News: