A recent accident at Pittsburgh International Airport sent one woman to the hospital. The accident happened on Sept. 2 at around 9 p.m. Even though the woman was severely injured, officials say that the accident did not delay flights and did not pose a risk to airline passengers.
The woman was working for JetStream Ground Services, a company that handles ground services for a number of airlines, when the accident occurred. Reports say that she had been driving a vehicle that was used to pull aircraft at the time of the incident. While police are still trying to figure out how the accident occurred, news sources say that the woman became trapped underneath the vehicle, which had flipped over.
According to a statement given to a local news station by the victim's grandmother, the injured woman was not in good condition when she arrived at Allegheny General Hospital. The 21-year-old University of Pittsburgh nursing student reportedly lost a lot of blood, and she was still receiving treatment the next day.
When a person becomes injured in a workplace accident, he or she could face expensive medical costs and other damages, depending on the severity of the injury. In some cases, a victim might not be able to work, which may limit that person's income, negatively affecting his or her ability to pay for necessities and medical bills. However, injured workers might be able to pursue benefits from an employer's workers' compensation insurance provider.
While policies may vary, benefits that are received through a workers' compensation claim might cover lost wages and the cost of treating injuries. In some cases, insurance providers or employers may be inclined to deny benefits. However, a worker could discuss the case with a lawyer who is familiar with workers' compensation proceedings. That lawyer may be able to fill out the necessary paperwork and work to dispute a denial of benefits.
Source: WTAE, "Pitt nursing student injured while operating plane-tugging vehicle at Pittsburgh International Airport", Sheldon Ingram, September 03, 2014