Aircraft Accident and Workers Comp Claims
Aircraft accident is one of the listings in the Occupational Injury and Illness Classification System (OIICS) of the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Aircraft accident describes the nature of an event or incident that causes a work-related injury to an employee. The circumstances that lead to an employee being injured in a work-related accident have to be put under one of the listings in the OIICS.
The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) is a federal investigatory board that is located in Washington, D.C.. According to the NTSB, an aircraft accident is defined as an occurrence associated with the operation of an aircraft that takes place between the time any person boards the aircraft with the intention of flight and all such persons have disembarked, and in which any person suffers death or serious injury, or in which the aircraft receives substantial damage. An incident is an occurrence other than an accident that affects or could affect the safety of operations.
Simply put, an aircraft accident is an accident that involves an aircraft in some manner. In relation to workers' compensation, an aircraft accident is a work-related accident that involves some kind of aircraft, which results in an injury to an employee.
There are some sub-headings for an aircraft accident. These are:
- Aircraft accident, unspecified - This is used when the details surrounding an aircraft accident are not mentioned. They are not specified.
- During takeoff or landing - This sub-heading is used when an aircraft accident takes place as the aircraft is either taking off or attempting to land.
- Aircraft accident, nec - This is used when an aircraft accident is not placed in any other classification. In other words, it is not elsewhere classified (nec).
Kinds of Jobs With a High Risk for an Aircraft Accident
There are some kinds of jobs that have a high risk for an aircraft accident. Some of these are:
- Flight attendants
- Avionics technicians
- Aircraft maintenance personnel
- Airport personnel
- Construction workers
- Service, delivery personnel
Possible Injuries Resulting From an Aircraft Accident
There are many kinds of injuries that may result from an aircraft accident. Some of these include:
- Head injuries
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Burn injuries
- Traumatic asphyxia
- Serious cuts and lacerations
- Broken bones and fractures
- Back, thoracic and spinal injuries
- Abdominal injuries
- Internal injuries
Can I Get Workers' Comp for my Aircraft Accident Injuries?
The question that is most important to an employee who has been injured in a work-related aircraft accident is, "Can I get workers' comp for my aircraft accident injuries?"
The answer is, "Yes." You can get workers' comp for injuries that you sustain in an aircraft accident. If an aircraft accident takes place as you are doing your job for your employer, you are eligible for workers' compensation benefits.
However, getting the workers' compensation benefits that you are entitled to for injuries sustained in an aircraft accident may not be easy. If your employer threatens you or tries to keep you from getting workers comp, the best thing to do is to call a workers' compensation lawyer.