Not every worker is the same. From nurses to construction workers to computer programmers, there are countless different roles to play in the workplace, and therefore countless different dangers that we encounter on a regular basis while on the clock. When those dangers hurt us, workers' compensation laws protect us, no matter what job we have – even if that job is a middle linebacker in the National Football League.
NFL Linebacker Sues League for Career-Ending Injury
DeMeco Ryans was one of the best and one of the most underappreciated, middle linebackers in the NFL during his career. After being drafted in the second round of the 2006 NFL draft by the Houston Texans, he started every game in his rookie season, amassing an impressive 155 tackles and assists, despite being just 22 years old. Despite the physical punishment that he took in the middle of the defense, Ryans started every game for the next three years, along with that, establishing himself as one of the best in the game, being named to the Pro Bowl in both 2007 and 2009 while with the Texans.
He was traded to the Philadelphia Eagles before the 2012 season, and put in two and a half solid seasons with the Eagles, helping them reach the playoffs in 2013, despite a 4-12 record just the year before.
Ryans' career, however, took a turn for the worse when, on November 3, 2014, while playing as a member of the Eagles against his old Texans team, Ryans fell to the ground in the middle of a play without being touched. He had torn his Achilles tendon trying to move. After losing the rest of the 2014 season, Ryans tried coming back in 2015, but proved unable to keep up with the speed of the game, went unsigned the next year, and retired.
Dangerous Field Conditions Played a Part
According to Ryans' lawsuit, the Texans' home field, NRG Stadium, used natural grass at the time of Ryans' injury. This grass, however, was grown outside the stadium, cut up, transported into the stadium, and sewn back together. The different portions were often poorly sewn together, leaving massive holes, and were often different consistencies. Both of these problems proved dangerous, especially in the heat of a football game. Additionally, they were well known throughout the league as being a source of severe leg injuries, with numerous other players getting hurt before Ryans went down.
Workers' Compensation Attorneys at Benassi & Benassi
Regardless of your line of work, you should not have to worry about dangerous working conditions hurting you without being compensated for your loss. Regardless of your paycheck, you should count on workers' compensation filling the void of your income while you recover.
If you have been hurt while on the job, the workers' compensation attorneys at Benassi & Benassi understand your plight. Contact our law office online or at (309) 276-0601.