Posted On: July 16, 2010 by Steven J. Malman

Two Former Chicago Bears Football Players Awarded Illinois Workers’ Compensation Settlements

Gabe Reid and Mike Brown, to ex-Chicago Bear, have received Illinois workers' compensation settlements for injuries they sustained while playing for the team. Reid’s $325,000 settlement is the largest Illinois workers’ compensation settlement that has been awarded to a professional athlete.

His work injury settlement is for a right knee injury that he sustained while playing for the Chicago Bears from 2003 to 2006. The 33-year-old is an unrestricted free agent.

Meantime, ex-Bears All-Pro safety Mike Brown was awarded $140,000 in Illinois workers’ compensation for foot and leg injuries that he sustained while playing for the team. His injuries have included a calf injury, a torn tendon, and a torn Lisfranc ligament. He too is now a free agent.

Professional football can be a dangerous sport, with workers suffering serious injuries, including broken bones, knee injuries, traumatic brain injuries, hamstring injuries, leg injuries, ankle injuries, hip injuries, chest injuries, shoulder injuries, internal injuries, wrist injuries, Achilles’ injuries, and other serious and painful injuries.

To fans, NFL football is a fun and exciting game to watch. However, for the players, professional football is a real job and the seriousness of the injuries that can be sustained have real consequences that can even end careers, seriously hurting not just the injured player’s body but also his/her main source of income. Like all employees that are injured during a work accident, NFL players should file their Illinois workers’ compensation benefits for these injuries as soon as possible.

Record injury settlement for ex-Bears TE Reid, Chicago Breaking News, July 15, 2010

Ex-Bears TE sets Illinois workers' comp record with settlement, National Football Post, July 15, 2010

Related Web Resources:

Teams Dispute Workers’ Comp Rights, NY Times, April 6, 2010

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