Airport workers are responsible for many key tasks and jobs that are necessary to ensure the safe and smooth travel for millions of people. While much of the work performed by airport workers is behind the scenes and may go unnoticed by travelers, that doesn’t mean the work is unimportant. In fact if not for the hard work performed by baggage handlers, front desk personnel, airplane mechanics, refueling workers, air traffic controllers, and others travel by air would not be possible.
Much of the work that occurs at an airport is physical. The work can involve exposure to extremely loud noises and extreme temperatures. Work at the airport can also involve lifting and carrying heavy baggage and other items. Even work performed at a customer service counter involves standing for many hours in a day. When airport workers suffer an injury or develop a degenerative condition due to their work, Pennsylvania’s workers’ compensation system can provide benefits. The lawyers of Schmidt, Kirifides & Rassias can help guide injured workers through the process from start to finish.
Airports in and Around Philadelphia County Where Workers Can Suffer Injuries
There are several airports in and around Philadelphia County. The main and largest airport in the area is Philadelphia International Airport. Passenger airlines utilizing the airport include:
- American Airlines
- American Eagle
- Jet Blue
There are also an array of freight cargo carriers making use of the aviation facilities at Philadelphia Airport. Freight companies flying out of the airport include DHL Aviation, FedEx Express, and UPS Airlines.
What Types of Injuries Can Airline and Airport Workers Suffer?
Airport and airline workers can suffer an array of injuries. Some injuries occur due to an identifiable accident. For instance, consider the various injuries that could be inflicted by an avalanche of luggage or baggage onto a worker. The worker could suffer an array or broken bones and other physical injuries that make work impossible. By contrast, workers can also suffer repetitive motion and repetitive stress injuries over the course of years of service. For instance, over time a worker’s knees can “wear out” making the lifting, walking, and standing that he or she used to perform impossible.
What Workers’ Comp Benefits Are Available?
The vast majority of workers in Pennsylvania are covered by the state’s workers’ compensation law. Generally, workers who are not covered by PA’s workers’ compensation regime are covered by other compensation laws. While Pennsylvania law requires companies, nonprofit corporations, sole proprietorships, and other small entities to comply with the law, not all employers do. However, even if your employer is noncompliant with its obligations, benefits may still be available through the uninsured Employer Guaranty Fund.
Covered workers are generally eligible for four distinct benefits. The first benefit is to provide for your necessary medical and rehabilitate expenses incurred because of your workplace injury. Second, you can also receive compensation for your lost wages or earnings for the period where you are out of work. Third, if the worker was killed in the accident or dies from his or her injuries, additional death benefits for the decedent employee’s beneficiaries are typically available. Finally, if the worker has lost all or partial use of a specific body part – such as a finger, hand, arm, or leg – he or she may qualify for specific loss benefits.
How Do I Apply for Workers’ Compensation Benefits?
If you have been injured at work and can no longer perform your job, your first duty is to make sure that the injury has been reported and documented. If you fail to notify your supervisor or manager, then your eligibility for benefits can be delayed or denied. Therefore, ensuring that the injury has been reported is essential.
Speak With a Philadelphia County Workers’ Compensation Lawyer
If your employer balks at your workers’ compensation claim or if your claim is denied, the workers’ compensation attorneys of Schmidt, Kirifides & Rassias can help guide you through the workers’ compensation process. To contact one of our workers’ compensation attorneys to discuss your workers’ compensation application problems or concerns, call 1-484-679-5239 or online today. We have law offices conveniently located in Media and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.