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Sunday, February 2, 2014
Since it is the Super Bowl today, one wonders if an NFL football player can get workers' compensation?
In Virginia a Redskin football player asked for worker's compensation for his knee injury suffered in a Redskin game. The insurance company denied the claim on the novel theory that a football injury was not an "accident" rather it was an expected outcome of playing the violent sport of football. An injury was an inevitable outcome. The insurance company argued an accident had to be an un-expected outcome. The Virginia Supreme Court denied this argument and basically said even though it was a violent sport an injury on the field of play still met the definition of "accident" under Virginia Workers' Compensation law.