Airline Workers and Airport Work Injuries

Workers’ Compensation Lawyer Helping Atlanta Residents

If you are a worker who has been injured in an airline or airport accident, you may be entitled to compensation for your harm. Attorney T. Andrew Miller has the experience and skill to handle your case. T. Andrew Miller is an Atlanta workers’ compensation attorney who understands the nuances of the laws that protect victims of accidents on the job. If you are dealing with serious injuries, you should enlist a tenacious advocate who can advance your interests with the vigor that you deserve.

Asserting Your Rights as an Airline Worker after an Airport Work Injury

Airline and airport employees are typically covered under the workers’ compensation system. They may sustain injuries inside the terminal, on the tarmac, while handling bags, or even during a flight. Some examples of injuries that can take place include spinal cord injuries, knee or shoulder injuries due to heavy lifting, arm or leg injuries caused by required use of machinery, carpal tunnel syndrome, hearing damage, and more. It is important to note that, except for some rare instances, most injuries or illnesses that a worker sustains on the job will be covered by workers’ compensation benefits.

The first step that a worker should take after being hurt on the job is to report the injury to his or her supervisor as soon as possible and explain how the injury took place as part of the job. In Georgia, workers have 30 days to provide a “notice of injury” to their employer. Failing to file within this time could cause you to forfeit your right to obtain compensation altogether. As a practical matter, moreover, this notice should be filed immediately after the accident so that the process can get started as soon as possible.

Workers’ compensation is intended to be an exclusive remedy. As a result, an injured worker cannot obtain workers' compensation benefits and also sue his or her employer for the same injury. However, there is an exception to this rule if a third party caused or contributed to a workplace accident, such as a manufacturer of a defective item or component. When this occurs, the worker may be able to file a personal injury lawsuit against a negligent third party. A more extensive range of damages may be available in these situations.

The length of time that workers’ compensation benefits will be paid depends on the nature and extent of the worker’s harm. These benefits may cover medical expenses and a portion of a worker's income for up to 400 weeks. If a worker's injury is deemed catastrophic, the injured worker may be entitled to income benefits for life.

Consult an Atlanta Attorney for Your Workers’ Compensation Claim

Airline and airport employees have physical, demanding jobs in a fast-paced environment. While most operations go smoothly, the unfortunate reality is that accidents do take place. If you or someone you love is an airline or airport employee who was injured on the job, we can help. Atlanta workers’ compensation lawyer T. Andrew Miller will handle your case diligently and fight for the benefits that you deserve. He proudly represents victims in Alpharetta, Stone Mountain, Marietta, Lawrenceville, Norcross, and other communities throughout Fulton, DeKalb, Cobb, and Gwinnett Counties. To set up a free consultation with an injury attorney, call us at (678) 894-4758 or contact us online.

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