Ex-Saints Player Loses|Bid for Disability Benefits

     (CN) – Former Saints running back Jamaal Branch is not entitled to disability benefits after he broke his leg in 2007, a Louisiana appeals court ruled.

     “The testimony and evidence clearly demonstrate that although Mr. Branch sustained a work-related injury, he remained employed by the Saints during the time for which he seeks compensation benefits and he was paid the same salary and wages that he would have received if he had not been injured,” Judge Walter Rothschild wrote for the 5th Circuit Court of Appeal in Gretna, La.
     The Saints and the Louisiana Workers Compensation Commission appealed a trial court’s temporary total disability award to Branch, while Branch appealed the judge’s denial of attorney’s fees and legal costs.
     Judge Rothschild reversed the disability award, noting that Branch “did not miss any off-season workouts or other work for the Saints and he did not suffer any wage loss.”
     Thus, Branch is not entitled to disability benefits or legal costs, the court concluded.

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