Los Angeles Sports Injury Lawyers Who Know This Complex Area Of Law
The California workers’ compensation system is meant to assist injured workers who have sustained on-the-job injuries. This includes professional athletes who suffer sports-related injuries. Like any other injured employee, professional athletes are eligible to receive temporary and/or permanent disability benefits through their team’s insurance provider.
If you are a professional athlete and you were injured while training, practicing or engaging in a competitive event – or if you were otherwise injured while “working” – reach out to the Los Angeles sports injury lawyers at the Law Offices of Hinden & Breslavsky, APC. This is a very complex and unique area of workers’ compensation law; you need a legal team that understands the details of the process. You need Hinden & Breslavsky.
Common Sports Injuries
Due to the physical nature of sports, professional athletes are far more prone to minor and major injuries than many people in different occupations. These injuries can be both traumatic and cumulative in nature. In some cases, an athlete may not realize the full extent of his/her injuries until after he/she has retired from the sport.
Some of the most common sports injuries include:
- Muscle strains and sprains caused by overuse
- ACL strains and tears
- Broken bones
- Concussions and other head injuries
- Traumatic Brain injuries (CTE)
- Spinal cord injuries, which can lead to paralysis
- Hip flexor strains
- Shin splints
- Hamstring strains
- Tennis/golf elbow
- Shoulder, neck and back injuries
- Joint problems
Such injuries can leave you unable to compete temporarily or, in severe cases, permanently. Additionally, it is not at all uncommon for professional athletes to experience the effects of cumulative injuries long after they have retired. Athletes across many of the largest sports organizations including MLB, NFL, NBA, WNBA, NHL, MLS, NWSL, UFC, USFL, XFL, and USL can seek compensation for injuries they experienced during their careers in this way.
Workers’ Compensation For Professional Athletes
In California, professional athletes are considered “employees” and, just like any other employee, they are entitled to receive workers’ compensation benefits when they are injured on the job.
Depending on the nature of your injuries, in addition to other relevant factors, you may be able to receive the following types of compensation:
- Temporary disability benefits
- Permanent disability benefits
- Life pension (for athletes rated 70% or more disabled)
Though somewhat more difficult, you may still be able to recover benefits if you are already retired. You will need to show that you were not informed of your right to workers’ compensation and that you were not otherwise aware of these rights. Additionally, you may be able to recover workers’ compensation benefits if you played for a team outside of the state of California.
Put Over 150 Years Of Combined Experience In Your Corner
It is important that you contact a knowledgeable attorney for help with your claim. The Los Angeles sports injury lawyers at Hinden & Breslavsky understand the numerous complexities involved in this area of law, and we can help you seek the maximum compensation you are entitled to receive.