The National Football League is in the midst of a major controversy that may end up playing out in courts. Thousands of former players are hoping to sue the NFL because they believe that the league knew about the dangers and complications that come with a traumatic brain injury. Though the players were aware that they would likely receive concussions during their careers, they were not aware of the long-term effects that such brain damage can create.
Workers' compensation exists to help ensure that employees receive the financial compensation they need if they are injured while they are working. In addition to providing immediate financial support with medical bills, workers' compensation can also help ensure that employees who are injured have the long-term financial support they need if their injuries impact their ability to return to work.
We have written a few posts about the brain injuries professional players may face when they suffer too many blows to the head. You may remember one post last April which described the mental health problems an NFL player struggled with after retiring from football.
The NFL lockout has posed numerous problems for football players and their families, including the teams in Ohio. Whether you support the Browns or the Bengals, you may already be feeling the impact of the lockout.
When people are injured while they are working, they should apply for workers' compensation. Depending on the type and scope of the injury, workers' compensation can cover a variety of things. Workers' compensation benefits may cover medical bills and lost wages. However, if an injury is so severe that a person cannot return to his or her former position, workers' compensation may also include job retraining.