Should California Workers’ Comp Cover Pro Athletes from Any Team?
Professional athletes, especially football players, often sustain chronic injuries from their play.
The Los Angeles Times article, “Athletes Cash In On California Workers’ Comp,” addresses how many California workers’ compensation judges have held that any professional athlete who plays in the state is eligible to receive benefits from employers.
“Over the last three decades, California’s workers’ compensation system has awarded millions of dollars in benefits for job-related injuries to thousands of professional athletes. The vast majority worked for out-of-state teams; some played as little as one game in the Golden State.
All states allow professional athletes to claim workers’ compensation payments for specific job-related injuries — such as a busted knee, torn tendon or ruptured spinal disc — that happened within their borders. But California is one of the few that provides additional payments for the cumulative effect of injuries that occur over years of playing.” Read More…
California’s particular workers’ compensation regulations appear to have created coverage for players from any team that played in California during their career. Is this good policy?