Comments from the San Diego U-T on workers’ comp reform: Pro athletes need not collect

Comments from the San Diego U-T on workers’ comp reform: Pro athletes need not collect

It comes as no surprise to learn that yet another workers’ compensation battle has taken the spotlight in California, with pro athletes being the primary concern.  The San Diego Union Tribune published a piece in early April on workers’ compensation and the need for reform when it comes to professional athletes and their ability to collect.

Professional athletes have been able to collect workers’ compensation benefits when injured in California while “on the job.” Benefits have ranged from covered medical costs to financial compensation for injuries sustained when a pro athlete could no longer work. Professional athletes who have not played for California teams have also been able to generously collect.

For example, the U-T cites Dallas Cowboys star Michael Irvin’s payout of $249,000 in a California workers’ comp claim that was paid out at the end of his NFL career.

The paper begs for workers’ comp reform in light of the so-called injustice.

“Other states block out-of-state pro athletes from getting such payments. It’s time California joined this list,” the paper said. “Assembly Insurance Committee Chairman Henry Perea, D-Fresno, has introduced AB 1309 to close this loophole. We hope state lawmakers quickly enact the measure and send it to Gov. Jerry Brown.”

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