Facing the gridiron can seem almost tame compared to suffering a professional sports injury. You’ve trained hard to get where you are in your career and are rightly worried about your playing ability and future eligibility – especially if surgery and/or a lengthy convalescence are involved. That desire, drive, and talent that brought you to the game in the first place are the same qualities urging you back to the field despite your injury. You deserve the best medical care, rehabilitation, and physical therapy available in order to successfully overcome the broken bones, strains, and pain inherent to playing professional sports — and to get you back in the game as quickly and safely as possible!
Once injured, there are practical matters that must be addressed through the workers’ compensation system — medical expenses, lost income, future earnings, permanent or partial disability, and long-term medical care (if necessary). It is also possible for professional athletes to file a claim against a non-employer third-party for personal injury in certain instances.
Or, maybe you’re contemplating retirement from the National Football League (NFL) because of persistent pain and other long-term effects associated with a previous game-related concussion or an on-field body-collision during a game or practice that just won’t go away and is starting to feel career-ending?
Our Attorneys are Experienced Handling Personal Injury and Workers’ Compensation Claims for Professional Athletes
You need a competent attorney who is experienced in handling the complexities of workers’ compensation and the inter-related personal injury matters. Your attorney should also be as skilled at dealing with the unique legalities associated with sports injuries, as you are in blocking a pass or running a touchdown. You need an attorney who appreciates your position, understands the nuances of your game, and takes your injury as seriously as you do.
Martha Ramsay is that attorney. She has been a member of the National Football League Player’s Association (NFLPA) Workers’ Compensation Panel for North Carolina since 1995. She represents current and former professional football players in workers’ compensation claims for injuries sustained during their career. She is sensitive to the player’s need to protect his or her earning ability while on the field, and extends that focus to how a player can be best protected in the future. She is uniquely qualified to work through the union and collective bargaining issues which can impact an athlete’s legal case. She has also represented professional athletes in soccer and basketball in their workers’ compensation claims.
The NFLPA is the union for professional football players, working to preserve players’ rights.
“I was recommended to Ms. Ramsay by my agent as one of the best Workers’ Compensation attorneys for athletes in North Carolina. I was pleased by the professionalism in which she handled my claim and the level of comfort I received during the entire claims process through to mediation. I felt that she had my best interests at heart and she was going to fight for me.”
~Tutankhamen, Former Carolina Panthers Player
Where Does a Professional Athlete File a Workers’ Comp Claim?
Where are workers’ compensation and other legal claims filed for professional athletes?While many professional sports injuries are covered under workers’ compensation in most states, other states have decided that injuries received by professional athletes don’t fall within the legal definition of a workplace injury. There may be multiple venues where you can file a claim, such as the location where your injury occurred, where your team is based, where your team’s corporate headquarters is based, or where your official residence is located.
Workers’ Compensation Benefits After Retirement
Many athletes wonder what happens if a sports injury becomes symptomatic after retirement. Can a professional athlete still receive workers’ compensation benefits? In many cases, you can. Your eligibility depends largely upon the venue where you file your claim and the type of injury that has caused you to seek workers’ compensation benefits.
Will You Lose Your Contract if You file a Workers’ Compensation or Personal Injury Claim?
It is generally considered unlawful to terminate a player contract just because a workers’ compensation or personal injury claim was filed. When your mind or body are harmed due to a workplace injury, you need an experienced attorney who is highly familiar with the handling of league negotiations to protect your interests amid the complex legal issues characteristic of every professional sports injury.
Contact Our Sports Injury Attorneys Today
Call the Ramsay Law Firm in Charlotte today at (704) 376-1616 or toll-free from anywhere in North Carolina at (877) 576-5500 to discuss your case with an experienced sports injury workers’ compensation lawyer. You can also contact us by e-mail to schedule an appointment. Your consultation will be informative and free.