Workers’ Compensation for Airport Workers
Airport workers have one of the most dangerous jobs in the U.S., according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). Pilots, flight attendants, gate agents, baggage handlers, mechanics, ground crews, administrative personnel, and other types of airport workers face a variety of workplace hazards. Pennsylvania airport workers who are injured on the job may be able to collect workers’ compensation benefits. The experienced workers’ compensation lawyers at Larry Pitt & Associates, P.C. proudly assist all types of workers throughout the state in obtaining benefits for their work injuries.
Workers’ Compensation for Pennsylvania Airport Workers
Laws regarding workers’ compensation vary by state; therefore, injured workers should seek the advice of a qualified attorney in their local area. In Pennsylvania, injured airport workers may be able to collect benefits under the Pennsylvania Workers’ Compensation Act (the Act).
The workers’ compensation system is no-fault, meaning that employees are entitled to compensation without having to prove that their employer was at fault for their accident. Most Pennsylvania employers are required to carry workers’ compensation insurance. In exchange for providing workers’ compensation benefits, they are protected from personal injury lawsuits by their employees.
With the exception of certain types of workers such as federal employees, railroad workers, and longshoremen, Pennsylvania employees are generally covered by workers’ compensation in the event of a workplace accident. Under the Act, employees must report their injuries to their employer within 120 days to remain eligible for workers’ compensation benefits.
Benefits Available for Injured Airport Workers
The skilled workers’ compensation lawyers at Larry Pitt & Associates, P.C. have more than 40 years of experience helping all types of workers and their families obtain the benefits to which they are entitled. In Pennsylvania, there are several types of benefits available for airport and airline workers, including:
- Medical benefits – Employees may receive compensation for reasonable medical expenses including medications, treatments, surgeries, and rehabilitative therapy.
- Wage loss benefits – Wage loss compensation is available for workers who are unable to return to work due to their injury for more than seven days.
- Disability benefits – Workers with total or partial disability may be able to collect one of four types of disability payments in Pennsylvania.
- Disfigurement/specific loss benefits – These types of benefits are available to those who suffer serious work injuries, such as amputations, hearing loss, or facial disfigurement.
- Death benefits – Dependent family members of deceased workers may be eligible for death benefits and other forms of financial assistance such as funeral expense compensation.
Types of Injuries Common in Aviation
The aviation industry employs various types of workers from pilots to food service workers. Airport workers are generally at risk for certain types of injuries, however, each occupation within the industry presents its own unique hazards. Some of the most common airport worker injuries include:
- Amputations – Often the result of a crush injury, amputations may occur when an employee becomes caught in between moving machinery parts.
- Fractures/Broken bones – Workers may suffer fractures or broken bones if they are struck by vehicles such as belt loaders, luggage tugs, or other ground support equipment.
- Musculoskeletal disorders – Airport workers may develop musculoskeletal disorders from cleaning, servicing planes, assisting passengers, or other tasks that involve lifting, pushing, pulling, or maintaining awkward positions.
- Occupational hearing loss – The airport is a noisy environment; workers such as aircraft technicians, maintenance personnel, and ground crews may, therefore, suffer occupational noise-induced hearing loss.
- Overexertion – airport employees often work long hours, lift heavy objects, and perform repetitive tasks, all of which can lead to overexertion injuries.
- Shift Work Disorder – According to the American Sleep Association (ASA), irregular schedules can lead to Shift Work Disorder, a condition that makes it difficult to fall asleep, putting workers at increased risk of accidents caused by fatigue.
- Slip and fall accidents – Escalators, icy tarmacs, and slippery airport restaurant floors all pose safety risks to workers.
- Stress-related conditions – Airport workers often have to deal with disgruntled passengers, which can lead to stress-related medical conditions, such as hypertension.
- Traumatic brain injury (TBI) – In-flight turbulence may cause flight attendants to be flung against the aircraft or struck by flying objects, which may lead to bruises, cuts, muscle strains, concussions or even TBIs.
Philadelphia Workers’ Compensation Lawyers at Larry Pitt & Associates, P.C. Represent Injured Airport Workers
If you were injured during the course of your duties as an airport worker, you may be entitled to workers’ compensation benefits. A Philadelphia workers’ compensation lawyer at Larry Pitt & Associates, P.C. can help you obtain maximum compensation for your injury. We proudly represent all types of airport and airline workers throughout the state. Please complete our online contact form or call us at 888-PITT-LAW today to arrange a free consultation.
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