NFL Players May Be Able to Seek Workers’ Compensation Benefits in CaliforniaBy Kenton Koszdin Law Office on August 21, 2012 | In Workers Compensation News
National Football League (NFL) players who are injured on the job may be able to seek workers’ compensation benefits in California if they can demonstrate that their injuries took place in California, regardless of the provisions governing workers’ compensation in their NFL contracts, according to a recent decision by the Ninth Circuit.
The case heard by the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals dealt with the injuries suffered by Hall of Fame player Bruce Matthews. Matthews sought to get workers’ compensation benefits in California for his injuries, even though his contract stated he was only allowed to file for benefits in the state where his team was located.
The court ruled that, generally speaking, a player would be allowed to file for workers’ compensation in California if he could prove he was injured in California. However, the court found that Matthews had not managed to prove this in his own case, and that therefore he could not get benefits.
Workers’ compensation and other benefits for injured NFL players have become a major issue lately, particularly as new information about the type and severity of injuries suffered by football players has come to the surface. California sees many claims by NFL players because many former players move to the state and because the state’s workers’ compensation benefits are often more comprehensive than those in other states.
If you’ve been injured on the job in California, you may be eligible for workers’ compensation benefits to help you cover medical bills, lost wages, and other costs. To learn more, contact a knowledgeable southern California workers compensation lawyer at the Kenton Koszdin Law Office today for a free telephone consultation. Our number is (800) 438-7734. Also, for more information on our past cases, please visit our case results page.