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O'Hare Airport Workplace Injury Attorneys

Lawyers Helping Injured Baggage Handlers, Ground Crew, and Maintenance Workers in Illinois

O'Hare International Airport is one of the busiest airports in the world. Tens of millions of travelers pass through O'Hare each year on their way to destinations throughout the country and across the globe. In order to serve such an immense volume of passengers, O'Hare Airport and the airlines that serve O'Hare employ thousands of workers in a wide range of occupations, including baggage handlers, ticket agents, ground crew, flight attendants, and maintenance workers, just to name a few. With so many people, equipment, and baggage moving at all times, accidents and injuries are bound to happen. When they do, injured workers deserve to have an experienced team looking out for their best interests.

At Kaiser Hafezi Law, our compassionate attorneys have been helping injured airline employees and O'Hare Airport workers for more than three decades. Our team has over 100 years of combined legal experience, and we have secured millions of dollars in verdicts, settlements, and benefits packages for injured workers throughout the region. If you work at O'Hare Airport in any capacity and you suffered an injury on the job, we are fully prepared to help you obtain the compensation you need to move forward with your life.

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Common Airport Worker Injuries

On average, more than 2,500 commercial and private flights per day arrive or depart from O'Hare International Airport, none of which would be possible without the contributions of thousands of airline employees and airport support staff. Airport workers encounter many different occupational hazards, and they are injured at a rate that is more than double that of average private industry employees. At Kaiser Hafezi Law, we advocate on behalf of workers who have suffered all types of injuries, including those caused by singular incidents, such as a fall or a vehicle accident, as well as conditions that develop over time such as repetitive motion injuries and hearing loss. Our lawyers are equipped to handle:

  • Lifting injuries, including sprains, strains, and joint injuries
  • Pinching or crushing injuries
  • Injuries caused by airport equipment such as conveyor belts, baggage carts, and pushback vehicles
  • Aircraft maintenance-related injuries
  • Injuries sustained in airport vehicle accidents
  • Hearing loss and other work-related health conditions

The Illinois Workers' Compensation Process

According to Illinois law, an employee who is injured in the course of doing his or her job is usually eligible to collect benefits under the Illinois workers' compensation program. To collect these benefits, you must follow certain steps, and the team at Kaiser Hafezi Law can help you protect your eligibility. Our lawyers will provide the guidance you need in notifying your employer and filing your benefits claim. We can also coordinate your medical care so that you can focus on making a full physical recovery as well. If your claim is delayed or denied, we will help you address any requests for additional information. Our attorneys will also represent you at appeals hearings and at trial if necessary to get you the full benefits you deserve.

Aggravation of a Pre-Existing Condition

It is not uncommon for a workplace accident or work environment to aggravate a worker's prior injuries or pre-existing health conditions. For example, if you suffered a rotator cuff injury years before you became a baggage handler, a lifting accident at work could easily aggravate your old injury. At Kaiser Hafezi Law, we know that workers' compensation may cover the aggravation of a pre-existing injury, but obtaining benefits in such cases is often complicated. We will work hard to show that your condition was made worse as a result of work-related activities so that you can get the resources you need to get back on your feet again.

Diminished Earning Capacity Injuries

At Kaiser Hafezi Law, our lawyers understand that some workplace injuries can completely derail your plans for your career path and decrease your ability to earn a living. If you work for an airline or any other company that serves O'Hare International Airport, and you have suffered an injury that has diminished your future earning potential, we are equipped to help you. Under the Illinois workers' compensation program, benefits may be available for temporary or permanent disability, as well as for any vocational retraining that may be needed for you to go back to work in a new position. Let us assist you in exploring your options.

Third-Party Lawsuits

Collecting workers' comp benefits does not depend on you being able to prove that your injuries were caused by someone else's negligence. However, if a reckless or careless individual or entity caused the incident in which you were hurt, you could collect compensation through a third-party personal injury lawsuit. For example, if you work on O'Hare's cargo ramps or loading docks and a careless delivery driver causes you to suffer an injury, the driver and the driver's employer could be liable for your injuries. In some cases, a third-party lawsuit may be appropriate in addition to your claim for workers' compensation benefits.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q. Am I eligible for workers' compensation if I was injured at my O'Hare Airport job?

A. According to Illinois law, employees who are injured at work are generally eligible for workers' compensation benefits. This includes airline employees and employees of any other company that operates out of or serves O'Hare International Airport. It is important to work with a knowledgeable workers' compensation attorney to ensure your rights are protected.

Q. What benefits are available under workers' compensation?

A. The benefits that you could receive for an airport workplace injury could will depend on the nature of your injury, how your injury is affecting your life, and your prognosis for recovery. Typically, however, workers' comp benefits include reimbursement for emergency medical care, ongoing medical treatment, rehabilitation, physical therapy, occupational therapy, medical equipment, and medications. You could also obtain benefits for lost wages, partial or total disability, and retraining for a new position if necessary.

Q. Do I need to sue my employer to get workers' compensation benefits?

A. To obtain workers' compensation benefits in Illinois, you need to file a claim with the Illinois Workers' Compensation Commission. You do not need to sue your employer. In fact, Illinois law expressly prohibits you from suing your employer for a workplace injury except in certain extreme cases. You can, however, sue any other party whose negligence or recklessness may have caused your injuries. Our lawyers will help you explore your options for taking action.

Q. What types of injuries or illnesses
are eligible for workers’ compensation?

A. According to Illinois law, workers’ compensation benefits are typically available to employees who suffer injuries or contract illnesses in the course of performing their jobs. This means that virtually any work-related injury makes you eligible for workers’ comp benefits. Similarly, if you contract an illness or develop a health condition due to your job, you are generally eligible as well. Such conditions could include hearing loss and vision damage, in addition to lung disease, heart disease, and cancer.

Client Testimonials

  • My wife Linda and I are clients of Kaiser Law firm. Recently Linda was involved in a car accident where she was rear ended and sustained injuries that resulted in extended time away from her job. Dan was instrumental in obtaining a reasonable and fair settlement for loss of income and medical expenses. Dan was professional and kept us advised along the way. Their staff was a joy to work with. We feel very grateful to be their clients.

    - William Johnson

  • Hi Mariam, this is Shirley Haas. I’m calling to thank you for the extraordinary efforts you put forth on my behalf after my personal injury accident. Your personal interest in me went above and beyond and I truly appreciate it. Also, I am extremely pleased with the settlement you got for me. Again, thank you very much.

    - Shirley Haas

  • My family and I used Dan Kaiser to help us with a case last year. We had never been involved in any kind of legal matter and he was very kind, informative and thoughtful throughout the whole process. In the end we got what we felt was a very fair settlement. We would definitely use Mr. Kaiser and his firm if we ever have the need arise again.

    - Terri

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