Federal Court Rules Atlanta Falcons NFL Players Can’t Seek California Workers’ Comp BenefitsBy Kenton Koszdin Law Office on November 21, 2012 | In Workers Compensation
A federal court in Georgia recently held that nine Atlanta Falcons players won’t be allowed to seek workers’ compensation benefits in California for injuries they suffered in games played in California.
The players, who played for the Falcons between 2002 and 2010, had filed a claim for workers’ compensation benefits in California, claiming they had suffered injuries in football games played in the state. California law allows NFL players to seek workers’ compensation benefits in California if they can show they were injured while playing in the state, even if they don’t play for a California team.
However, the Georgia court ruled that the Falcons players only had one option for workers’ compensation benefits: to file a claim in Georgia. The court held that because the players’ contracts were signed in Georgia, any claim for workers’ compensation benefits also had to be brought in Georgia. The court also found that the players were more closely connected with Georgia than California: they trained and played all home games in Georgia, while only four of the games played from 2002 to 2010 actually took place in California.
California has some of the most comprehensive workers’ compensation laws in the U.S. While this means more workers may be covered by workers’ compensation benefits, it also means that determining which laws apply to your situation can be a daunting task, especially if you’re already struggling to recover from a serious injury.
At the Kenton Koszdin Law Office, our dedicated workers’ compensation lawyers can help you get the workers’ compensation benefits you need. To learn more about your rights under workers’ compensation law and how we can help, call us today at (800) 438-7734.