American Airlines Workers' Compensation Claims
At Katz, Friedman, Eagle, Eisenstein, Johnson & Bareck, we represent injured airline employees in their claims for workers’ compensation. The Illinois Workers’ Compensation Act (IWCA) provides legal rights and protections to aviation workers, such as people employed by American Airlines, who have suffered job-related injuries or the aggravation of a pre-existing condition. Our skilled Chicago airline workers’ compensation lawyers guide injured employees through the process of asserting their rights. We can help pursue benefits for medical care and lost income, ensuring that American Airlines workers can focus on recovering from their injuries.Preserve Your Rights When Bringing an American Airlines Workers’ Compensation Claim
State law protects employees who meet certain requirements under the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Act. If an American Airlines employee lives outside Illinois, they may still be entitled to the protections of the IWCA. If an employee is injured in Illinois, or if their employment is principally located in the state, the IWCA likely applies to them. Additionally, if the hiring contract was entered into within Illinois, the employee may choose to pursue workers’ compensation benefits under the IWCA.
According to the IWCA, workers who suffer injuries “arising out of and in the course of employment” may pursue compensation. This means that an injured airline worker needs to show that they suffered harm as a result of their job duties. The types of injuries that are covered by the IWCA include not only sudden accidents but also illnesses as well as repetitive stress injuries. For example, the IWCA covers carpal tunnel syndrome, which is an example of a repetitive trauma, typically located in the hand.
The response to a job-related injury may involve physical therapy and reduced work. Proving that this type of injury is compensable often requires utilizing specific medical standards, set forth in the IWCA. In other words, without the help of medical specialists and experts, it may be more difficult for an injured worker to prove that they are entitled to a remedy under the law.
Workers’ compensation provides for benefits, but these benefits are more limited than in a personal injury lawsuit. American Airlines workers who successfully prove the compensability of their injury may be entitled to recover medical expenses and wages from missed work due to the disability. In the event of a disabling injury, there may be total disability payments.
There are certain circumstances that may lend themselves to pursuing both a workers’ compensation claim and a personal injury claim. If a third party’s negligence or misconduct has contributed to your injuries, and you happened to be hurt while working, you may have a valid claim for workers’ compensation benefits through American Airlines as well as a personal injury lawsuit against the third party.Consult an Airline Workers’ Compensation Lawyer in the Chicago Area
At Katz, Friedman, Eagle, Eisenstein, Johnson & Bareck, our Chicago airline workers’ compensation attorneys bring decades of combined experience to our representation of injured employees. We understand the devastating consequences of a job-related accident, both financially and emotionally. We can help you assert a claim to compensation that is supported by evidence from medical professionals and vocational experts. Our job injury attorneys have helped many victims obtain the benefits that they need, including people in Springfield, Champaign, Aurora, Rockford, and Quincy, as well as other communities in Kane, Cook, Champaign, Sangamon, Winnebago, and Adams Counties. Call us at (800) 444-1525 or contact us online to set up a free appointment.