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What You Need to Know about Airline Workers’ Compensation

November 4th, 2016 at 10:33 am

Illinois workers compensation claim, Illinois workers comp attorneyWhen an airline’s employee is preoccupied with helping passengers, flying at a cruising altitude of 39,000 feet in the sky, they may not be thinking about how they are at risk for injuries on the job. Workers compensation claims are becoming more and more common within the airline industry. Airline employees include positions such as flight attendants, baggage handlers, cockpit crew members, and ground crew members.

One of the leading causes of airline workers’ compensation is in-flight turbulence.

An airlines employee may be thrown around due to turbulence during a flight and that can cause them to suffer neck, back, spinal, or head injuries.  According to the FAA, an estimated 4,500 turbulence-related injuries occur from luggage that is improperly secured,  followed by reports that reveal negligence in flights where turbulence caused injuries.

There are other types of airline employee workers’ comp injuries.

Although most airline employee injuries are caused by flight turbulence, there are other injuries that may occur, which include stress-related injuries from lifting and handling passenger bags, injuries from slipping on ice or other substances in the airport/airport parking lot, and injuries that can occur during a layover.

Filing a claim for airline employees workers’ compensation may be challenging.

An obstacle that an airline employee may run into is that major commercial airlines typically require employees seeking claims to see only airline-approved medical professionals. Medical professionals may even receive pressure from the airline or their insurance representatives to limit medical treatment. This can result in employees returning to work too quickly and often leading to the difficulty to detriment the employee’s health.

The level of benefits varies depending on the severity of the injury.

Another key factor that plays a role in the amount of benefits one can receive is the average weekly wage or compensation level at the time of the injury. Essentially, the definition of  workers’ compensation is a system of benefits paid by employers to workers who experience job-related injuries. Further, benefits are available to workers regardless of who is at fault for the accident or injury

Contact an Airline Workers’ Compensation Attorney

If you or someone you know is an airlines employee and has been injured and needs to file a claim for workers’ compensation, contact a skilled Chicago workers’ compensation attorney at the Law Offices of Francis J. Discipio today. We have successfully recovered benefits for employees at major airlines and can help you pursue the compensation you deserve. Call 630-574-2288 to set up a free consultation.

 

Source:

https://www.osha.gov/SLTC/airline_industry/index.html

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