It’s an accepted fact that professional athletes perform at a peak level of physical capacity on a near-daily basis. An injury can cost professional athletes salary and even their careers on top of medical costs, therapy and potential long-term care. It is also accepted that many athletes do not have a career after age 40. Many of these injured athletes play on minor league teams, making a fraction of what major athletes make.
That said, even after their playing days are finished, many athletes may feel the effects of injuries, from back and hip injuries to head injuries.
If you are an injured professional athlete, you may be entitled to California workers’ compensation benefits. We encourage you to reach out.
For more than a decade, we have been working to fight for the rights of athletes injured in the NHL, NFL, NBA, MLB, AHL, AFL, MLS, MLL and NLL, in addition to minor leagues and in other sports. If you or a loved one was injured during a game, practice or a workout, we can bring our decades of experience to recover the benefits to which you are entitled.
It is important to realize that professional sports teams are employers and competing athletes are employees. Baring examples when an employer is self-insured, professional sports teams are required to purchase workers’ compensation insurance.
Injured athletes are frequently eligible to receive awards of permanent disability and/or life pension in addition to future medical care. The benefits to which one is entitled depend completely on context.
We also know that debilitating injuries may not take their toll until many years later. We are able to do whatever is possible to obtain benefits for:
We have also represented stunt professionals for major motion picture companies.
If you have been injured and are ineligible to secure benefits in California, we can reach out to our network of out-of-state experts who can help. We review every case to determine jurisdiction.