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Brad Culpepper talks about workers' compensation fraud

California readers may be aware of the lawsuit facing former NFL player Brad Culpepper. The football veteran spent nine years playing in the NFL, but he claimed that injuries he sustained in his capacity as a football player left him partially disabled. He is currently being sued for workers' compensation fraud, and he recently spoke to the media concerning accusations that he bilked an insurance company out of $175,000.

In the interview, Culpepper claims that he has serious injuries that are the direct result of his time on the field. His medical and legal advisors allege that he was left 89 percent disabled. These claims, however, are in distinct opposition to Culpepper's performance on the hit reality television show "Survivor."

On a recent season of the long-running TV hit, Culpepper and his wife, Monica, were contestants on the highly physical and competitive show. This left many wondering how the former athlete could have suffered such devastating injuries and recovered in such a short period of time. In a recent televised interview, Culpepper stated that a surgical procedure and the use of the drug Tramadol helped him to participate on the show, and that he was competing despite severe pain.

The insurance company who paid the $175,000 award is pursuing Culpepper for workers' compensation fraud in a California lawsuit. As the case moves forward, many may watch to see how the court approaches the football veteran's claims that he could be 89 percent disabled and then go on to compete in a highly physical and aggressive reality television game. While there is no question that football is a volatile sport that can lead to serious injuries, this may be a case in which reality TV might provide a glimpse into the reality behind a disability claim.

Source:, "Brad Culpepper speaks out about NFL workers comp fraud lawsuit", Adam Walser, Jan. 28, 2015

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