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NFL pros blitz California work comp courts with cumulative trauma claims: Pt. 2

In our last post, we discussed the flood of California work comp claims coming from former and current NFL players for teams across the country. In many cases, NFL pros and former pros are filing these work comp claims claiming injury after years of cumulative trauma from bruising contact in the NFL. If any of these claim is successful, the player could receive up to $150,000 for the work-related injury and free medical care for life under California work comp laws.

NFL players' union attorneys have been assisting thousands of former and current professional football players to file for work comp benefits in California courts. Why do players who never played for a California NFL team or who may have only played one or two games in a California stadium have access to California courts? The answer is simple: California work comp law appears to be written that way.

Out-of-state employers, including NFL owners all around the country, need to be aware of when employees may be able to file a work comp claim in the California work comp system. In fact, like the NFL owners, many out-of-state employers may not realize that any one of the following events could draw the out-of-state employer into defending against a work comp claim in a California court:

  • An employee is injured on the job while in California
  • A work injury occurs outside of California, but the employee lives in California
  • The hiring contract is signed in California even if the employer is not located there

California work comp laws may also have additional obligations and hurdles for employers that out-of-state employers may not realize, as California work comp laws could differ significantly from the laws of the state in which the employer is located.

Source:, "NFL Workers' Comp fight could cost hundreds of millions," Kimball Perry, Feb. 3, 2012

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