The 4th Circuit Court of Appeal has ruled against former New Orleans Saints safety Darren Sharper in his bid to receive workers’ compensation from his former team. The 4th Circuit, upholding a previous decision, reasoned that Sharper had passed the statutory time limit to file his claim seeking supplemental earnings benefits. Louisiana law stipulates that workers’ compensation claims “shall be forever barred” unless filed within a year of an accident.
The case turned on a dispute over whether the money Sharper earned after hurting his knee in 2009 should be considered regular wages or so-called payments in lieu of compensation. Sharper, who retired in late 2011, contended the deadline for filing his claim had been pushed back under state law because his earnings while sidelined actually counted as workers’ compensation, entitling him to further benefits.
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