Applying Illinois laws to out-of-state Flight Attendant Workers’ Compensation Claims

Katz, Friedman lawyers represent many flight attendants in cases involving workers’ compensation issues. An injured employee can file a claim in Illinois if they are (1) injured in the State of Illinois or (2) their contract for hire was within the State of Illinois. As the location of the contract for hire for ALL United Flight Attendants and the location of an American Airlines domicile is located in Chicago, the Illinois Worker’s Compensation Act applies to numerous claims of Flight Attendants. The very nature of a flight attendant’s job is travel and, as a result, flight attendants are frequently injured outside of Illinois, even though Illinois law applies. An injured person will typically seek immediate care or care close to home which will typically be with a doctor outside Illinois. These doctors are unfamiliar with Illinois’ workers’ compensation laws.

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