In a recent ruling in a Pittsburgh court, an NFL player's right to
file a workers' compensation claim in the state where he was injured
has been upheld. The Miami Dolphins player suffered a knee injury while
playing a match in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The injury ended his career
as a professional football player. Recently, a judge rejected the claim
by the Miami Dolphins franchise that the player'sworkers' compensation claim can only be filed in Florida, where his contract was negotiated.
The workers' compensation provisions in Florida are different from
rules in some other states. Florida sports clubs are not obligated to
offer their players workers' compensation benefits. The players'
union has, however, negotiated a contract allowing claims for compensation
to be heard in front of an arbitration panel.
The Dolphins had applied for an injunction against the player from having
his claim being heard in Pittsburgh, on the basis of the Collective Bargaining
The Dolphins had filed an injunction against the player on the basis of
a collective bargaining agreement. This injunction was refused by the
U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania. The judge
stated that many of these contractual matters are to be left to an arbitration
panel to decide. He also added that a contract like the one the NFL player
is under does not make a state's policy regarding workers' compensation invalid.
If you have suffered an injury while working but have been denied workers'
compensation, consulting legal counsel familiar with the matter may be
beneficial. Experience Pittsburgh attorneys know how complex workers'
compensation cases can be. There may be ways to appeal the denial and
help you obtain compensation for your injuries.
Source: Courthousenews.com, "Judge Says Injured NFL Player Can Get Benefits," Matt Reynolds, 5 May 2011