Even though American Airlines is not based in Illinois, American Airlines employees who are hired in Illinois, injured in Illinois or whose employment is principally localized in Illinois may file for workers’ compensation benefits in Illinois. At Katz, Friedman, Eagle, Eisenstein, Johnson & Bareck, our attorneys are skilled in representing airline workers in a variety of workers’ compensation claims.
Repetitive Trauma Injuries in Airline Workers
Our firm has been helping injured airline workers for over 30 years, and we understand the unique injuries airline workers face. These injuries often include disc injuries, knee injuries and shoulder injuries. Many of these injuries are the result of a repeated action over time. These are known as repetitive trauma injuries and include injuries such as rotator cuff tears, aggravation of degenerative conditions like arthritis and a myriad of spinal conditions. Repetitive trauma injuries can be more difficult to prove than an acute trauma from a specific accident.
Our attorneys have years of experience prosecuting repetitive trauma cases. We educate treating physicians on the standards required by the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Act (IWCA) for these types of injuries. Insurance companies often deny claims for repetitive trauma injuries as a matter of practice. An insurance company denial, however, does not mean you do not have a viable case. We work closely with medical specialists and experts to prove the compensability of these injuries. In many cases, the treatment for these injuries (e.g. knee replacements, spinal fusions/disc replacement) can be prohibitively costly without workers’ compensation benefits. We are committed to making sure that our clients receive the medical treatment they need and are entitled to regardless of the cost.
If you work for American Airlines, you may be eligible to file a workers’ compensation claim in Illinois. Contact us for a free consultation. Our attorneys are leaders in the workers’ compensation field and highly experienced working with injured airline workers.