Sports Workers Compensation Claims
About California Sports Workers Compensation Claims
Two types of claims can commonly be made in California for former professional athletes – cumulative trauma claims and specific injury claims.
Cumulative Trauma Claims are the most common claims for athletes because they involve the wear and tear on one’s body over the course of one’s career. Imagine a construction worker who runs a jack hammer for an entire career. He may not have one single injury that forces him to stop working but the accumulation of wear and tear on his body from using the jack hammer on a daily basis will necessitate higher medical care costs later in life for him.
Rather than having the public via Medicare or Medicaid pay for the injured construction worker’s medical care; or your premiums increase because the injured construction worker must utilize his private insurance – thereby making everyone’s premiums increase; the social public policy mandates that the employer – that benefitted from the labor which resulted in the wear and tear of the injured construction worker – should be responsible.
This theory applies equally to professional athletes. The wear and tear on your body from the constant hitting and pounding and multiple injuries from your sport will result in higher medical care later in life – not to mention the pain that you will experience.
Cumulative Trauma claims allow you to get compensation for every part of your body from head to toe – physical, internal, psychological, etc.
Specific injury claims commonly involve specific injuries that occur that cause a player to miss time from games or practices, i.e., a torn ACL, etc.
Whether you had one tryout in California, played one game in California, or played 10 years for a California team, you may qualify for workers compensation benefits in California depending on the circumstances.