The case of former Dallas Cowboy running back and Pro Football Hall of Famer Tony Dorsett is proof that injury claims in California can be very complex. According to Sports World News, the 59 year old has filed a claim against the NFL due to complications from chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), a degenerative disease caused by head trauma, but was sadly turned down.
Dorsett’s claim was denied in May when a workers compensation judge ruled that Dorsett agreed to an $85,000 settlement for injuries to ‘multiple orthopaedic body parts’ in 1991, the Times reported. Therefore, the player was not allowed to file any more claims for subsequent injury, according to state records.
It takes expertise, dedication, and experience to win such cases—attributes that a seasoned Sacramento injury lawyer who handles sports-related injury claims should possess. To file a proper lawsuit and increase the chances of a favorable litigation outcome, accident victims who sustained any form of injury as a result of traffic collisions, employer’s negligence, or product defects need to hire a competent legal professional from groups like the Carter Wolden Curtis Law Firm.
An injury lawyer typically prepares legal documents, represents clients in court, and settles any claims or deals on his or her client’s behalf. However, an injury lawyer also fulfills many more functions such as dispensing legal advice, informing the client of court appointments and deadlines, and providing the plaintiff some moral support. Legal proceedings can and do take a toll on most accident victims who certainly don’t need any additional aggravation during difficult times.
Given that most insurance companies seek to offer the least possible compensation amount, victims without proper legal representation are likely to get the short end of the stick. Legal loopholes, such as those present in Dorsett’s case, provide further proof that victims may find it difficult to attain justice for themselves if they choose to act alone. Sacramento injury lawyers, on the other hand, negotiate with insurance companies on behalf of their clients to obtain fair and reasonable compensation for damages in terms of bodily injury, pain and suffering, and emotional distress.
(Article Excerpt and Image from Tony Dorsett CTE? California Workers Compensation Panel Denied Claim NFL Hall of Famer Months Before Diagnosis, Sports World News, November 08, 2013)