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2 Kansas City Chiefs' players join workers' compensation lawsuit

If you like to watch professional football from your home in Maryland, then you might have heard about the lawsuit against the Kansas City Chiefs. Two Kansas City Chiefs' Hall of Fame members who were injured on the job have decided to join a workers' compensation lawsuit against the team. According to the news from Dec. 23, the former Chiefs members joined a lawsuit that has at least 14 former players on board; they want to know when and what the National Football League knew the dangers of concussions.

According to the news, the 14 players have suffered multiple concussions, and these resulted in a number of neurological symptoms and problems. Some of these problems include Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy, post-concussion syndrome and traumatic brain injuries, according to their petition. The petition focuses on two key factors: The players all were employed between 1987 and 1993, and there was no collective bargaining agreement in the NFL. Because of this, the players can sue their team instead of the NFL. Additionally, a 2005 amendment in Missouri will allow the players to sue their employers in civil courts if the employees hadn't accepted workers' compensation at an earlier time. However, that right will end at the end of 2013. Reports claim that there may be more players following this route of action come the first of the year.

If you've been injured at work, you need to get treatment. Brain injuries due to concussions or other other causes can result in symptoms that last a lifetime. If you are hurt at work, you should could be entitled to compensation for the time you miss at work and your pain and suffering, as well as for other economic and non-economic damages.

Source: The Kansas City Star, "Art Still, Albert Lewis join concussion lawsuit" Terez A. Paylor, Dec. 23, 2013

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