Since 2019, the Bureau of Labor Statistics has tallied thousands of airport work accidents. According to the statistics gathered by the BLS, many of the reported injuries are non-fatal. Despite this, injuries — regardless of classification — can result in wage losses and warrant compensation claims in Florida.
Have you sustained injuries as an airline employee? Whether you work on the Tarmac or inside a commercial aircraft, injuries can occur. Airline work injuries can lead to missed days and high medical bills if your injury is serious or potentially debilitating.
If you have been injured as an airport or aircraft employee, you can seek workers’ compensation for your injuries. Read on to learn more about airline work injuries and what you can do to seek workers’ compensation for them.
What Are the Most Common Types of Airport Work Injuries?
The Bureau of Labor and Statistics has recorded six common airline work injuries. Often, these injuries do not result in death but lead to missed days of work. The missed days at work add to the financial burdens of those affected and the airlines at which they work.
Based on statistics in 2019, the most common type of injury is sustained during exertion. Overexertion injuries account for nearly 80% of all work-related injury cases in airlines. It is for this reason that the most susceptible to these are flight attendants due to the nature of their occupations.
Other common injuries are:
- Transportation injuries on the Tarmac
- Falls and slips
- Contact with objects
What To Do If You Have Sustained Injuries Working for the Airlines
Here are some important steps to take if you have been injured on the job at an airport or on an airline:
1. Document the Incident
Take note of the time, place, date, and exact circumstances surrounding the incident. This will come in handy later on when you report your injury.
2. Report the Injury to Your Immediate Supervisor
Using the information, you have documented, report in full detail what happened. Your workplace or airline will likely require you to fill out a form for legal and insurance purposes.
3. Seek Medical Assistance
Medical treatment gives you more than therapy for your immediate injuries. As part of your medical treatment, an assessment by a physician will precede your treatment. The findings are important to your workers’ compensation claim.
4. File for Workers’ Compensation with Your Employer
In general, employers are obligated by law to provide compensation especially if the injuries were sustained:
- On the job
- While performing work-related activities
- Within your regular working hours
What If You Are Denied Worker’s Compensation?
Florida operates on an at-fault system, meaning that even if you are injured, you may have to prove your employer’s liability. Workers’ compensation is paid by the employer’s insurance provider who will exhaust all measures to ensure that no pay-out is provided.
Claiming work-related injuries, for this reason, can be an uphill battle. This is where a seasoned workers’ compensation lawyer in the state comes in.
If you have been denied workers’ compensation in Florida, do not hesitate to reach out to us. Sternberg | Forsythe, P.A.specialize in workers’ compensation claims.
Call us now to receive legal counsel and representation for your workers’ compensation case in Florida.