NFL PLAYERS ASSOCIATION
Players injured while playing for their club maybe entitled to benefits under state workers’ compensation laws. Although there are differences from state-to-state, workers’ compensation benefits generally take three different forms (some or all of which may be available to you):
- Disability pay or wage loss benefits to provide compensation for any wages lost as the result of injury;
- Lump-sum benefits to provide compensation for permanent loss of function. This may be available even if you are still being paid salary in some states;
- Medical benefits for medical expenses related to the work injury. This may be your most important benefit as the Club will not pay for medical treatment after you leave the team and private insurance may not cover a work-related injury.
YOU must act to protect your right to workers’ compensation for your injury. Failing to act will result in the loss of these important benefits. There are time limitations for filing and the time limitations begin to run in many states from the date of injury, whether you are being paid or not!
Source: NFL Players Association