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At The Floyd Law Firm, our St. Louis athletic workers’ compensation attorneys can help you pursue the compensation to which you are entitled.
Only a few attorneys are selected to handle workers’ compensation claims for professional athletes. Attorney Mark L. Floyd is a panel attorney for the Professional Hockey Players Association and NFL Players Association, and even received an award for “Attorney of The Year.” We are a trusted source of legal representation for professional athletes in Missouri.
People who play sports for a living are at risk of suffering serious physical injuries. From contact sports such as football to professional boxing, many pro athletes face occupational hazards and significant physical harm. In Missouri, it is possible to file a workers’ compensation claim for injuries suffered while working as a professional athlete.
How The Floyd Law Firm Can Help
As an injured professional athlete, you may struggle to collect fair financial compensation for your past and future losses from a workers’ compensation insurance provider. In general, insurance companies protect their profits before their clients.
At The Floyd Law Firm, our St. Louis athletic workers’ compensation attorneys know exactly how to navigate cases involving injured professional athletes. Our real case experience has taught us how to:
- Investigate a sports-related incident for signs of negligence.
- Collect evidence to support an injury claim.
- Protect the rights of professional athletes during insurance claim negotiations.
- File a claim according to Missouri’s workers’ compensation laws and regulations.
- Aggressively negotiate a fair settlement with a workers’ comp insurer.
- Take a work injury case to trial on behalf of a professional athlete, if necessary.
The workers’ compensation system in Missouri can cover injured professional athletes. You can trust our St. Louis athletic workers’ compensation attorneys to explain your legal rights, hire medical experts, and pursue justice through one or more legal outlets on your behalf. We have helped multiple athletes seek financial compensation for injuries they suffered while under sports contracts for professional teams. We can go up against any adversary, including major sports organizations.
Common Types of Sports Injuries
Working as a professional athlete comes with a number of risks. The nature of your job can mean a lot of wear and tear on your joints and muscles, as well as the potential for traumatic injuries when things go wrong. Common examples of injuries in professional sports are:
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Soft-tissue injuries
- Sprains and strains
- Knee injuries
- Shin splints
- Rotator cuff injuries
- Broken bones
- Back, neck, and spine injuries
- Mental stress and emotional harm from the pressures of the job
Professional athletes can suffer acute injuries in accidents as well as chronic injuries from long-term overuse of the body. They may qualify for workers’ compensation for the associated medical bills and lost wages for either type of injury.
Workers’ Compensation vs. Personal Injury Claim
After an injury connected to your job in St. Louis, workers’ compensation may not be your only financial recovery option. If your employer or a third party reasonably should have done more to prevent your injury, you may have grounds to file a personal injury claim as a professional athlete. For example, if your injuries were caused by poor training, improper gear, defective equipment, or pressure from your employer to push yourself too hard, you may be able to file a lawsuit based on negligence. This could result in greater financial compensation for your injury and associated losses.
Injured as a Professional Athlete in St. Louis? We Can Help
As a professional athlete, you are expected to perform at a high level of physical fitness daily. An injury could cost you an enormous amount in future earnings, capacity to earn, and your career as a whole, in addition to medical costs such as therapy and long-term rehabilitation. At The Floyd Law Firm, our St. Louis personal injury lawyers can help you seek maximum financial compensation for the losses you have suffered, whether you were injured during a game, practice, or training. Learn more during a free case consultation. Call (314) 863-4114 or contact us online to speak to a St. Louis athletic workers’ compensation attorney.