By Kat S. Hatziavramidis, Esq.
On both a statewide and national level, the National Football League (NFL) has been inundated with workers’ compensation claims by professional athletes who sustain serious injuries from play. See, e.g., Kiannah Sepeda-Miller, “Illinois bill would rein in pro athletes’ worker comp claims,” The State Journal Register, Feb, 20, 2017. In Illinois, for example, the legislature is debating whether “injured pro athletes be allowed to earn worker compensation benefits until they are 67 years old, like other workers, even if their athletic careers normally would have ended more than 30 years earlier.” Id. Moreover, this is a national controversy, with arguments being made on both sides. See, e.g., Sally Jenkins, “Commentary: NFL Needs to Cure Its Medical Procedures,” The Washington Post (Reprinted in the Valley News), Mar. 11, 2017. In any event, this is an important legal topic that will demand the help of attorneys, expert witnesses, and fact-finders.