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The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reports thousands of airline employee injuries each year.

Whether you work on the tarmac, in baggage handling, or on the plane itself as a pilot or flight attendant, you are at risk of injury from overexertion.

Although usually non-fatal, overexertion is among the common airline employee injuries.

Our society has ingrained in us an obligation to work, work, work. However, it is possible to overexert yourself and end up with a serious injury and missed days of work.

If you work in the airline industry and believe you were injured due to overexertion, you should seek the advice of an experienced attorney.

The busy, fast-paced nature of working for an airline lends itself to more workplace injuries than might occur elsewhere.

However, dealing with large airline conglomerates and insurance companies can be overwhelming and complicated.

If you were injured at work for an airline, it is best not to take them on alone. At Mehta & McConnell, we will provide you with individualized attention to ensure you receive the compensation you deserve.

Overexertion Injuries

As you might imagine, airline employee risks can be high. Baggage handlers and employees working the tarmac or baggage areas risk injury from lifting, moving, and carrying heavy luggage and equipment.

Flight attendants are similarly at risk of injury from moving and lifting luggage and food and drink carts.

Flight attendants also face injuries from encountering turbulence and falling objects from the overhead compartments. 

Injuries and illnesses to flight attendants that resulted from overexertion and bodily reaction occurred at a rate of 185.8 per 10,000 workers in 2019, and for transportation incidents (which include aircraft incidents, pedestrian vehicular incidents, and roadway incidents involving a motorized land vehicle) the rate was 113.3 per 10,000 workers.

Overexertion Symptoms

Overexertion injuries can have slow or sudden onset of symptoms. Every case is unique to the individual.

Overexertion symptoms include;

  • Feeling dizzy,
  • Feeling sore,
  • Feeling too hot,
  • Excessive sweating,
  • A high pulse rate.
  • Abdominal pain.
  • Heart palpitations, and 
  • Chest pain.

You may think these symptoms are just stress related, but they could be signs of overexertion. 

What Should You Do If You Were Injured at Your Airline Job?

Below are simple steps to follow after a workplace injury.

  • If it is an emergency, seek immediate medical attention 
  • Document the incident. Jot down the time, place, and nature of what occurred. Try to be as thorough and precise as possible.
  • Report the injury to your supervisor. Take the information you documented and report it to your supervisor. You should do this as soon as possible after the incident occurs. Most likely, the airline will require you to fill out a report of injury form. 
  • If your injuries did not require immediate medical assistance, you should still seek out necessary medical care. Your employer will likely refer you to a physician for an initial evaluation. The doctor’s findings will dictate your course of treatment and any work restrictions you may have following your injury. 

If you didn’t follow these steps to a T, don’t worry, we will help you.,

What Am I Entitled to If I am an Injured Airline Employee in North Carolina?

In North Carolina, there are seven types of workers’ compensation benefits that you may be entitled to, depending on the nature and severity of your injury. 

  • Temporary total disability,
  • Temporary partial disability,
  • Permanent partial disability,
  • Total and permanent disability,
  • Disfigurement,
  • Medical care, and
  • Workplace wrongful death benefits.

If you are interested in learning more about the specific benefits that may be available to you, contact us at Mehta & McConnell for a free consultation.

Once we learn more about the nature of your injury we can provide you with a better understanding of which benefits you may qualify for and help you receive what you deserve.

What Can Mehta & McConnell Do for Me?

As experienced workers’ compensation attorneys, we will be with you every step of the way— from the moment you are injured through to the conclusion of your case.

Our attorneys will help you:

  • Complete all necessary forms;
  • Investigate the circumstances surrounding your injury;
  • Determine what type of claim you may have;
  • Build your case, including gathering all the required evidence and establishing a case strategy;
  • Ensure you receive necessary medical care;
  • Work together with your doctors;
  • Negotiate with your employer and an insurance carrier;
  • See your case through to trial; and
  • Answer any questions you have along the way.

Dealing with an injury and missing work can be stressful enough. Let us give you peace of mind.

Overexertion Injury Attorneys

At Mehta & McConnell, our attorneys have 30 years of combined experience.

We founded this firm to represent individuals injured in the workplace due to someone else’s negligence.

Our experience representing large corporations and insurance companies gives us a unique perspective that not all attorneys have. We will use our knowledge and insight to fight for you.

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Viral Mehta

Viral Mehta is the managing attorney of Mehta & McConnell Injury Lawyers, a Charlotte, North Carolina Workers’ Compensation law firm. He enjoys spending time with friends and family, traveling, sports, and reading.

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