Retired NFL Players Eligible for Workers Comp in California

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It might seem odd that NFL players would file for workers’ compensation benefits, but their jobs are some of the most dangerous around. Whenever an NFL player goes to work — whether it’s a practice or a game – he is susceptible to an injury. A busted knee, a torn tendon, a ruptured disc, a concussion are all risks that come with the job. Players often undergo extensive treatment or surgeries to repair the damage while they’re still part of a team, but repeat injuries can lead to lifelong problems that require long-term medical care, psychological support and rehabilitation therapy long after they retire from the game.

Workers Comp California Pays Benefits for Cumulative Effects

While all states allow professional athletes to file for workers’ compensation for injuries that happen within state borders, workers comp California is unique. It is one of only a few states to pay benefits for injuries that have a cumulative effect on a player’s life. Whether or not a NFL player was signed to a California team, he can still file for – and receive – workers compensation benefits as long as he has played a game somewhere in the state.

This may be news to the public, but over 4,500 NFL players have received benefits since the 80s – including some of the biggest names in football. The high cost of ongoing medical treatment for multiple injuries has resulted in large awards for NFL players. Michael Irvin, former Dallas Cowboys and Hall of Fame wide receiver received $249,000, and Terrell Davis, former Denver Broncos and Super Bowl MVP running back received $199,000 in workers’ compensation benefits. Former tight end of the New Orleans Saints and St. Louis Rams Ernie Cromwell was also awarded $160,000 in workers comp California benefits.

Fortunately, NFL players aren’t the only ones who can collect workers’ comp benefits for cumulative trauma injuries or repetitive stress injuries. Anyone who suffers work-related injuries that turn into lifelong debilitating problems may be eligible to receive compensation for medical care, ongoing therapy, and permanent disability. Ensuring that you receive all the compensation you legally deserve is the single most important reason why you should hire an attorney. 1-800-THE-LAW2 can help you find one, 24/7, 365 days a year. And to discuss your situation in Spanish, visit Los Defensores site where you can get all the answers to your questions.