United Airlines Workers' Compensation

Aviation Injury Lawyers Assisting Chicago Employees

Airline workers employed by United Airlines, which is headquartered in Chicago, Illinois, are entitled to the protections set forth in the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Act. Illinois law requires businesses to maintain workers’ compensation insurance in order to protect employees who suffer an injury or develop an illness at work. Additionally, airline employees may be entitled to a combination of benefits under Illinois law and their union contract. At Katz, Friedman, Eagle, Eisenstein, Johnson & Bareck, our Chicago United Airlines workers’ compensation attorneys are familiar with the legal complexities and union provisions that may affect United Airlines employees. We only advocate on behalf of people injured on the job, rather than their employers. For decades, our union-side law firm has successfully protected the rights of employees, helping them recover benefits under state law as well as a union contract.

Workers’ Compensation Claims Brought by United Airlines Employees

Injured airline workers are entitled to the benefits of Illinois law because United Airlines is located in Illinois. To bring a claim for worker’s compensation against United Airlines as an Illinois-based employer, an injured worker need not prove fault and may even reside outside the state.

As an employer, United Airlines hires flight attendants, baggage handlers, pilots, ramp service personnel, and individuals in other roles. All of these employees are afforded the protections set forth in the Illinois Worker’s Compensation Act (IWCA). Common injuries suffered by workers in this industry include back and spinal cord conditions, injuries from falling baggage, and slip and fall injuries in airport terminals. Following an injury on the job or an aggravation of an underlying condition, employees must prove that the injury was in fact work-related.

If they can show that an injury or condition was sustained “in the course and scope of employment,” injured airline workers will be entitled to specific benefits set forth in the IWCA. These include coverage for medical costs and lost wages, as well as disability benefits in many cases. In certain situations, an injured worker may also have a third-party claim in addition to a worker’s compensation claim against United. This may be appropriate if an airline worker was running a work-related errand in the airport and was assaulted by an intoxicated flier, or if a worker was operating defective equipment that was manufactured by a different company, among other examples. Third-party claims may provide a broader range of compensation, such as pain and suffering, although they do require the victim to prove the defendant’s fault.

Explore Your Options with a United Airlines Workers’ Compensation Attorney in Chicago

United Airlines is a large employer that has the resources to hire medical management firms and claim adjusting companies to protect its bottom line. You should likewise be diligent in protecting your rights under the IWCA. At Katz, Friedman, Eagle, Eisenstein, Johnson & Bareck, our skilled Chicago United Airlines workers’ compensation lawyers have handled claims for flight attendants, cockpit crewmembers, baggage handlers, and other airline workers. We also represent people who need a job injury attorney in Springfield, Rockford, Aurora, Champaign, and Quincy, as well as other areas of Kane, Sangamon, Cook, Winnebago, Champaign, and Adams Counties. We provide a free consultation and may be reached through our online form or by calling (800) 444-1525.