Man injured at airport may be eligible for workers' compensation
A baggage handler at a western New York airport was injured on the job recently. The 25-year-old airline employee was engaged in the task of loading baggage onto a plane when the injury occurred.
The airline worker was standing on the baggage loading vehicle when it suddenly moved forward, despite the worker having put on the parking brake. The baggage worker was then pinned by the vehicle. Another airline employee had to move the vehicle in order to free the injured worker. The baggage worker was hospitalized due to his injuries.
Injuries on the job can happen suddenly and without warning. The injured worker may suffer serious injuries that require an extended period of medical treatment, resulting in lost time from work. On top of that, the injured worker may find the workers' compensation claims process to be complicated and confusing.
Workers' compensation will provide for most necessary medical expenses and a portion of the worker's lost wages if an injury occurs in the course and scope of employment. Although workers' compensation is considered an exclusive remedy, an injured worker may be entitled to additional compensation if the injury was the result of the negligent actions of a third party, such as the provider of faulty equipment, or if it was due to willful negligence on the part of the employer.
If you have been injured in a worksite accident, a third party may be responsible for your injury. In order to determine if you can pursue a third-party claim for your injuries, you may wish to consult an attorney who is experienced in dealing with workers' compensation and personal injury claims. An attorney will conduct a thorough investigation of the circumstances of your workplace accident. An attorney will also help guide you through the claims process while protecting your rights and making sure you receive the compensation that you are entitled to.