eNotes: Workers’ Compensation – November 2023 – Washington, DC
November 16, 2023
SIGNIFICANT CASE SUMMARIES
Washington, DC Case Summary
Stuart Anderson v. Pro Football Inc. et al.
DC Compensation Review Board
Decided: October 12, 2023
Applying the manifestation rule, the Claimant’s claim was barred by one year limitations, and limitations were not tolled because the Employer had no notice of injury and therefore no duty to file a FROI.
The Claimant played professional football for the Washington Redskins (now known as the Washington Commanders) in the mid-1980s. In 2018 and 2019, he filed claims against the team under the Workers’ Compensation Act, seeking medical treatment for arthritis in his hips that he attributed to injuries and cumulative trauma he had sustained as a professional football player. The Employer disputed the claim based on limitations. The Claimant alleged that limitations were tolled because the Employer had notice of the claim in the 1980’s based on his telling the team trainer that he was having problems in his hips, and the Employer failed to file a First Report of Injury.
In a case in which a former professional football player filed claims against his former team, seeking medical treatment for arthritis in his hips, the Court of Appeals concluded that (1) the one-year time limit in D.C. Code Ann. § 32-1514(a) applied to the former player’s claims; (2) The ALJ properly discredited the former player’s testimony that he told his trainer about his hip pain such that the one-year limitations period on filing a claim was not tolled under § 32-1532(f).
This case reaffirms the manifestation rule for cumulative trauma cases (the date the employee first seeks medical treatment for his/her symptoms or the date the employee stops working due to his/her symptoms, whichever first occurs). The decision further reiterates that the statute of limitations defense is only enforceable if the employer did not have notice of the injury or if the employer had notice and filed a First Report of Injury.
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