Window of Opportunity for Workers’ Compensation Claims in California
In my last post, back in July 16, I gave you the updated status of AB 1309, the proposed bill to end all workers’ compensation for professional athletes in California. Today I wanted to expand a little more on the critical “window of opportunity” we have that will close as of January 1, 2014.
Though AB 1309 has not yet been passed into law, if it passes in its current form, all new filings by players who play for out-of-state players will be cut off as of January 1, 2014. This means if a player has not filed a claim in California for workers’ compensation by January 1, 2014, he will be forever barred.
HOW THIS IMPACTS YOU
That leaves us with a little less than 5 months, a “window of opportunity”, if you will, to file new claims. It is critically important for those players who have been injured and would like to file a workers’ compensation claim, to contact our firm immediately so we can assess your case.
WHAT YOU CAN DO NOW
Please forward this email on to ALL PLAYERS that you know so that they are aware of the bill’s status and the “window of opportunity” for new filings.
The bill now goes to the Rules Committee for “tweaking,” but most likely will be presented to the Governor with these elements intact. Our law office will be monitoring the bill’s progress as it moves to the Governor’s office and will keep you updated on any new developments.
Thank you again for your continued efforts to protect players’ benefits! Please feel free to contact our offices at 949-452-0700 if you have any questions. You can also find me on Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn.