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Athletes cash in on
California´s workers´ comp

Los Angeles Times, by Marc Lifsher

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Posted By:beancounter, 2/24/2013 10:49:13 AM

Sacramento — In his seven-year career with the Denver Broncos, running back Terrell Davis, a former Super Bowl Most Valuable Player, dazzled fans with his speed and elusiveness. At the end of his rookie year in 1995, he signed a $6.8-million, five-year contract. Off the field he endorsed Campbell´s soup. And when he hung up his cleats, he reported for the National Football League Network and appeared in movies and TV shows. So it may surprise Californians to find out that in 2011, Davis got a $199,000 injury settlement from a California workers´ compensation court for injuries related to football.

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Another "Will California Ever Learn?" story

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: Rama41, 2/24/2013 10:56:57 AM     (No. 9193498)

Look for federal legislation soon mandating this type coverage in every state.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: CleanhouseinDc, 2/24/2013 11:07:42 AM     (No. 9193513)

Ah, to be part of the entitled, rich elite.

Too bad for those not so rich fans whose taxes pay for this. They should feel lucky these athletes played in California.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: earlybird, 2/24/2013 11:15:27 AM     (No. 9193527)

Worker´s comp for a high risk employee of any kind is not the problem.

The ability to shop around and pick it up in more than one state is.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: Emerson, 2/24/2013 11:20:20 AM     (No. 9193535)

Re #1, ??? All 50 states and the District of Columbia have workers´ compensation programs.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: earlybird, 2/24/2013 11:24:06 AM     (No. 9193538)

#3 should have included that the ability to collect for cumulative effects is also problematic.

In industrial accidents and injuries, the employer is expected to make changes to protect the worker(s) from such injuries. Professional sports fly in the face of that requirement.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: Passion, 2/24/2013 11:35:40 AM     (No. 9193563)

Athletes and their agents defend their salaries based in part on the risk of the endeavor. It it´s insured, then that argument is phony.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: fayebeck, 2/24/2013 11:41:54 AM     (No. 9193571)

#´s 1 and 2 should be made aware of that "hero" fireman in New York City who runs in marathons while collecting "disability" checks from the just as stupid New Yorkers. Gets tiresome hearing the California bashing while Bloomberg is actually more stoopid than Gov. Brown and such.

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Reply 8 - Posted by: otronome, 2/24/2013 11:50:52 AM     (No. 9193583)

Almost anywhere this would be a simple fix. On CA, a mistake that costs employers millions will be claimed to be "cutting edge" and "progressive."

I pay 3 levels of workers comp for employees who do different jobs. The rates range from 1.5% of payroll to 11% of payroll with clerical at low end and moderate construction/maintenace at high end.

I get rated, I get charged. As an employer, I pay different rates depending on what statee the work is performed.

A big reason that pro sports hand entertainment as become a batleground is that the atheletes are treatedd like resident when a game is played. So, in CA they grab 13% of the money assumed to be connected with the game/activity.

The "cumulative" injuries tweak is the killer here. The article should have begun with how much visiting workers pay in in all taxes and workers comp and note they get no services for huge sums deducted.

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Reply 9 - Posted by: Newtsche, 2/24/2013 12:10:57 PM     (No. 9193613)

On a smaller note, Davis will pee this money away and remain friendless.



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Reply 10 - Posted by: NorthernDog, 2/24/2013 12:13:55 PM     (No. 9193617)

I wonder is this is one reason no one is rushing to put a football team in LA. All the costs - hidden and otherwise - make it prohibitive despite the massive size of the TV market.

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Reply 11 - Posted by: Rama41, 2/24/2013 12:42:29 PM     (No. 9193652)

#4 and #7. FTA: But California is one of the few that provides additional payments for the cumulative effect of injuries that occur over years of playing. There has to be a limit to WC payments for professional athletes. My comment should have added /s.

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Reply 12 - Posted by: ROLFnader, 2/24/2013 1:08:11 PM     (No. 9193679)

I don´t know the WC rules in California but can´t imagine that they vary greatly from state to state. In Michigan, if you are injured as a result of an on-the-job accident, you will receive 80% of your average weekly pay based on your last 26 weeks worked. Now, if ol´ Terrell here hasn´t worked since retirement but claims that he´d REALLY like to , they may well be using an average from back in 1995. Faced with this exceptionally high weekly payout, the workers comp carrier may negotiate a lump sum payment. It´s done all the time- based on actuarial formulas that only lawyers can understand and/or manipulate. Or , so it seems.

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Reply 13 - Posted by: TXknitter, 2/24/2013 2:28:20 PM     (No. 9193779)

#7 is right. These "hero" firemen get away with that and a lot more because the media will never cover what goes on cuz it´s New York and unions.

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Reply 14 - Posted by: PageTurner, 2/24/2013 2:31:01 PM     (No. 9193784)

This just invites the state in to say football is unsafe and must be modified so that football workers must ask permission of other football workers if they can touch or tackle them during games at only a certain regulated pressure point. Or else the sport will be banned. That´s government logic at work and don´t be surprised if this kind of worker´s comp abuse yields just this sort of nanny-state response.

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Reply 15 - Posted by: krause, 2/24/2013 2:43:29 PM     (No. 9193799)

It´s one thing to have government workers sitting on their butts, but it´s doubly bad when they´re handing out money willy-nilly.

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