Airports are critical components of the transportation network of the United States. Airport workers often face significant risks and challenges at work. Many suffer injuries on the job that may require extensive recovery times. If you are an airport employee in North Carolina and recently suffered any type of workplace injury, you likely have cause to file a workers’ compensation claim. The workers’ compensation system exists to provide financial relief to injured workers, ensuring they receive the medical care they need to recover, as well as coverage for lost income during recovery.
Attorney Bob Bollinger and the team at the Bollinger Law Firm, PC have years of experience handling a wide range of workers’ compensation cases on behalf of clients throughout North Carolina. We understand that navigating the workers’ compensation claim process is often challenging, and an injured airport worker is likely to face several challenges when seeking compensation for their injury. Our goal is to provide the meticulous legal counsel you need to approach your claim with confidence and peace of mind.
It is technically possible to file your workers’ compensation claim on your own without legal representation, but doing so can be incredibly difficult. If you are already struggling with a painful recovery from an injury at work, you would be making an already challenging situation even more stressful by attempting to handle your claim on your own. Every North Carolina employer must carry workers’ compensation insurance, and that means you will need to interact with your employer’s insurance carrier to secure the benefits you need after your workplace injury.
An experienced North Carolina workers’ compensation lawyer can help you prepare for each stage of your case so you can make more informed decisions. For example, you must notify your employer of your injury within 30 days to file a workers’ compensation claim, and your employer has 14 days to submit a response to the North Carolina Industrial Commission (NCIC). The NCIC is responsible for tracking workers’ compensation claims and may become involved in disputes regarding workers’ compensation benefits. You will need to provide a statement to your employer’s workers’ compensation insurance carrier, and the insurance adjuster assigned to your case will determine your eligibility for benefits.
Unfortunately, many injured airport workers encounter significant delays in the handling of their claims, and others face unfair denials of their claims for benefits. Insurance companies tend to look for any reasons they can find to reduce settlement amounts or outright deny claims. If you want the best chance of maximizing your recovery after an injury at work, you need an experienced North Carolina workers’ compensation attorney to assist you with your claim.
An airport can be a dangerous place to work in many ways. Even airport workers who perform job duties that appear minimally physically demanding can develop medical conditions from repetitive tasks. Some of the most commonly reported injuries among airport workers in North Carolina include:
There are several ways airport workers might be injured at work, and whenever an injury occurs at work, the affected employee has the right to pursue workers’ compensation benefits. The amount of benefits they receive and the time their benefits continue to hinge on the severity of their injuries and whether they face long-term or permanent complications because of them.
An injured airport worker can potentially qualify for different types of workers’ compensation benefits based on the nature of their injury. Every injured worker has the right to receive full compensation for medical expenses necessary for healing from their injury and managing their symptoms. Workers’ compensation covers hospital treatment, prescription costs, and even ongoing care costs and “attendant care” when a workplace injury is severe enough to require ongoing in-home medical care.
Workers’ compensation also provides disability benefits while the claimant is unable to work. It’s possible to qualify for either total or partial disability benefits based on the severity of the claimant’s injury, and these benefits may be awarded on a permanent or temporary basis:
The workers’ compensation laws of North Carolina generally prohibit injured workers from suing their employers for workplace injuries, but some injured airport workers may have grounds to file third-party civil claims against individuals outside of work that bears liability for their damages. Third-party claims can potentially help injured workers secure compensation for losses that workers’ compensation insurance coverage won’t cover.
Ultimately, airport workers face significant risks at work and deserve appropriate compensation when they suffer workplace injuries. If you or a loved one recently suffered a workplace injury while working in a North Carolina airport, Bollinger Law Firm, PC can provide the compassionate legal counsel you need to navigate the workers’ compensation claim system with confidence. Contact us today and schedule a consultation with a North Carolina workers’ compensation attorney.