Report: Athletes cash in on Calif. workers' comp

Report: Athletes cash in on Calif. workers' comp

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LOS ANGELES, CA - MAY 31: Moses Malone #2 of the Philadelphia 76ers celebrates following Game Four of the NBA Finals played agaisnt the Los Angeles Lakers on May 31, 1983 at the Great Western Forum in Los Angeles, California. Philadelphia defeated Los Angeles 115-108 and won the series 4-0. (Photos by NBA Photos/NBAE via Getty Images)

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Associated Press

Posted on February 25, 2013 at 7:14 AM

Updated Monday, Feb 25 at 12:55 PM

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A report finds California's workers' compensation system has awarded millions of dollars in benefits for job-related injuries to thousands of professional athletes, including many who played for out-of-state teams.

The Los Angeles Times reports (http://lat.ms/XLiSkD ) sports leagues and their insurers are working to stop the practice, which has paid an estimated $747 million to about 4,500 players since the early 1980s.

Among them, NBA star Moses Malone was awarded $155,000 and Dallas Cowboys great Michael Irvin received $249,000.

The athletes are taking advantage of a provision in state law that provides payments for the cumulative effect of injuries over years of playing.

The newspaper reports some of the athletes played as little as one game in California.

The benefits usually come as lump-sum payments but sometimes provide lifetime medical services.

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Information from: Los Angeles Times, http://www.latimes.com

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