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Ex-NFL Player’s Workers’ Compensation Claim Continues After Brief Stall in California Courts

A former Carolina Panthers and Cleveland Browns linebacker, Tarek Saleh, has been working to get a workers’ compensation claim approved in California despite not having played for any of the state’s teams or residing in the state. The claim states that Saleh sustained a variety of injuries between 1997 and 2002 while playing for the two teams. The claim centers around injuries sustained when playing in the state as a member of the Browns in 1999 and 2000.

It’s a particularly unusual case because of the language in his contracts as a player. The Browns added language to Saleh’s contract that required him to bring workers’ compensation claims against the team in Ohio, but the contract he had signed with the Panthers that was assumed by the Browns did not have any clause stating similar language.

The decision found in early 2013 indicated that the Browns were the only liable employer in the suit, and that the team was actually uninsured in California. The Browns filed an appeal, citing the added language to the contract and stating that the court had no jurisdiction to declare the Browns as liable in the claim, but after further review and a withdrawal of one appeal by the Browns, the claim will now continue in California courts.

The case is just another reminder for companies, sports teams and other entities that it is important to make sure that you have coverage for any employees or athletes being sent to work out of state. There are a wide variety of intricate rules and regulations surrounding workers’ compensation in California, and it’s important to have a thorough understanding of them.

For more information about state workers’ compensation laws, speak with a dedicated Orange County lawyer with the Law Offices of Tous & Associates as soon as possible.

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