OAKLAND SPORTS INJURY LAWYERS
More Than $80 Million Recovered in Workers’ Compensation Claims
The sports and entertainment industries often involve physically demanding and potentially hazardous work, which can lead to a higher risk of injury for workers in these fields. The Law Firm of Franco Munoz has represented a range of workers in sports and entertainment who have suffered specific injuries or cumulative trauma injuries (CTIs) caused by repetitive tasks. Crew members such as grips, gaffers, electricians, painters, set designers, and laborers may face the risk of injury while handling heavy equipment or working at heights, while stunt performers and athletes may suffer serious injuries or develop chronic pain syndromes due to the physical demands of their work.
One challenge in cases involving cumulative trauma injuries in the sports and entertainment industries is the possibility of multiple employers during the year prior to the injury being claimed. Under California Labor Code §5500.5, all of these employers are responsible for workers' compensation benefits. This can complicate the case and make it more difficult to resolve, but the attorneys at the Law Firm of Franco Munoz have experience handling these situations and can help ensure that injured workers get the benefits they deserve.
Professional athletes may not realize that the California Workers' Compensation Appeals Board has jurisdiction over their cumulative trauma injuries if they have played a game or signed a employment contract in California. Labor Code §3600.5 provides the guidelines for filing a workers' compensation claim on behalf of these athletes. Injured athletes have up to one year after discovering a disability caused by their employment to file a claim, but this period may be extended if the employer failed to provide the necessary claim form and notices. Some sports-related injuries, such as chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), traumatic arthritis, complex orthopedic injuries, and internal injuries, may not be fully detected or diagnosed for many years.
For over 10 years, the Law Firm of Franco Munoz has been known for its aggressive representation of clients, including those in the sports and entertainment industries. The firm brings its expertise to the unique issues facing these workers and helps ensure that they get the medical treatment and financial compensation they deserve. Whether you are dealing with a specific injury or a CTI, the team at the Law Firm of Franco Munoz is here to help you navigate the workers' compensation system and get the benefits you are entitled to.