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California Bill Would Limit Workers’ Comp for Pro Athletes

By Kenton Koszdin Law Office on June 12, 2013 | In Workers Compensation Claims

California currently has a reputation for being friendly to athletes who are seeking workers’ compensation claims, including professional football players, who are allowed to receive workers’ comp benefits in California if they can show that their injuries were suffered during games they played in California – even if they were playing for an out-of-state team at the time.

Now, a bill introduced in the California Assembly, if passed, would change the current state of affairs. Assemblyman Henry Perea, D-Fresno, recently introduced AB1309, which would prevent out of state players from filing for workers’ compensation in California on the basis of non-specific cumulative injuries, such as brain damage caused by repeated blows to the head. Currently, these players are allowed to file for benefits in California. The bill passed the Assembly with only one vote against, and it now heads to the Senate for consideration.

The new bill would limit the filing of workers’ compensation to one year after a player’s last game or the date of diagnosis, whichever is later. Players who retire from out-of-state teams would still be allowed to file for California benefits, but only if they spent at least 80 percent of their career with a California team. The bill would apply to professional athletes in football, basketball, baseball, hockey, and soccer, and it would also apply to players on minor league teams.

The skilled southern California workers’ compensation attorneys at the Kenton Koszdin Law Office can help you seek the workers’ compensation benefits you need after an on the job accident, injury, or illness. Contact us today to learn more.

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