Learn how workers’ compensation works for airline employees in Georgia
Georgia is home to 7 commercial airports and dozens of general aviation airports. One of the most notable is the Hartsfield–Jackson Atlanta International Airport, which carries more than 107 million passengers each year.
This airport is the busiest passenger airport in the world according to Airports Council International, and it’s the primary hub for Delta Air Lines.
The sheer size and busyness of not just the Atlanta airport but at airports across the state leaves plenty of opportunities for injuries among airline and airport employees. Those who suffer an on-the-job injury could be eligible for Georgia workers’ compensation benefits.
Common airport and airline employee injuries
Airline workers face unique hazards that make them highly susceptible to injuries. A few of the most common work-related injuries and occupational illnesses include:
- Hearing loss due to constant exposure to loud noises
- Lacerations or broken bones from flying debris on the tarmac
More serious injuries can occur whenever there is a plane crash. In those cases, individuals could suffer traumatic brain injuries, paralysis or the loss of a limb. If you have suffered a severe injury, consulting with an attorney who can help you navigate through the workers’ compensation process is crucial.
Georgia workers’ compensation basics
Workers’ compensation is a state-by-state program. In Georgia, it provides benefits to those who are injured while working for most businesses, though there are some exceptions. For instance, if you are one of the state’s more than 33,000 Delta Air Lines employees, you are covered under Georgia law—regardless of where your travels take you.
Workers’ compensation is also a “no-fault” program. Accordingly, there is no requirement to prove negligence as would be the case in a personal injury lawsuit. You are entitled to benefits even if you were fully or partially to blame for your accident.
Have you tried to file a workers’ comp claim only to be given the run-around?
If so, having a lawyer represent you is often the best way to streamline the process. Don’t let anyone tell you that your location or negligent behavior renders you ineligible. Contact our office for a free consultation instead.
What to do after being injured at an airport or in the air
The first thing you should do is to seek medical treatment. Carefully document your injury by taking photographs and keeping notes as to exactly what happened. These could prove very useful should you need to file an appeal.
After receiving notification, your employer must then submit a First Report of Injury form to the Georgia State Board of Workers’ Compensation, as well as to the insurance carrier. You are entitled to receive a copy of this form for your own records as well.
Unique challenges facing airline employees
Airline employees often work in remote locations away from their company’s headquarters. The distance involved can sometimes make communications more difficult, especially when dealing with workers’ compensation claims. As a result, individuals often experience unnecessary delays in filing their claims.
Receiving medical care can also be a challenge, particularly when employees are in foreign countries and the injured employee must also deal with language barriers. Likewise, traveling home after receiving treatment can be further complicated by an injury.
Seek help from an experienced Georgia workers’ compensation attorney
It is entirely possible to file a workers’ comp claim on your own. Consequently, you may be wondering why you should involve a lawyer. The reality is that many workers’ compensation cases call for professional legal assistance.
When should you seek assistance from an attorney? Contact us at once if you are experiencing any of the following:
If you are feeling overwhelmed, we would be happy to relieve some of your anxiety. Our attorneys are very familiar with Georgia workers’ compensation laws and will work hard to see that you receive the benefits you are entitled to.
Here at Gerber Holder Law, we have highly experienced Atlanta workers’ compensation attorneys who know the ins and outs of Georgia law. We understand how important it is to be fully compensated for your workplace injury and will go the extra mile to ensure your rights.