The Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) offers public transportation not only within the city, but also to 35 of its suburbs in the form of about thousands of rails cars and buses. Many thousands of miles are traveled by these vehicles in the course of a single day. There are many different risks faced on the job, everything from dealing with violent passengers to malfunctioning equipment, from negligent drivers to bad weather. If you are concerned about recovering benefits after getting injured on the job at CTA, you should discuss your situation in the seasoned Chicago workers’ compensation lawyers of Katz, Friedman, Eisenstein, Johnson, Bareck & BertucaCTA Workers in Need of Benefits
As a CTA worker, you are entitled to the benefits established under the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Act. This is a no-fault system. That means you could obtain benefits from CTA’s insurer even if you are partially or fully to blame for your own injuries sustained in the work accident.
When you are dealing with CTA’s adjustors, you may run into various problems you didn’t anticipate. Among other things, you may be asked to see a company doctor that does not truly have your own best interests at heart. The full amount of your disability benefits may be withheld. You may be denied certain benefits on spurious grounds such as a claim benefits won’t be paid because you have a pre-existing condition such as a herniated disc; however, you are entitled to benefits so long as your job aggravated your pre-existing condition.
You may face additional difficulties if your claim involves emotional injuries that necessitate psychological care. It can be challenging to show that there is a certain causal link between your injuries and the workplace accident. It may be appropriate, however, if you are a CTA worker who experienced something most people would find traumatic such as an active shooter who attacked while you were operating a CTA bus or rail car.Benefits for CTA Workers
Benefits to which you may be entitled include:
- Reasonable and necessary medical benefits
- Permanent total disability benefits,
- Permanent partial disability benefits,
- Vocational rehabilitation.
The type and extent of your injuries will determine the amount of these benefits, as will your average weekly wage. For example, if you get into a minor collision that results in a broken bone and requires you to stay on desk duty rather than operator a rail car, you may be able to obtain temporary partial disability benefits, which are available to those who are injured on the job, but still able to work light duty. The amount would be 2/3 of the difference between your average wage while performing your ordinary duties in the same job where you worked at the time of the work accident and the amount you earn in the light duty position.Third Party Lawsuits in Chicago
Working in transportation, one of the risks you face is encountering a negligent driver. It may be appropriate to sue an at-fault driver for damages, in addition to filing a claim for workers’ compensation benefits. For instance, if you were injured while driving a bus that got into a collision with a commercial truck driven by an overly fatigued truck driver, our attorneys may be able to establish the truck driver’s negligence so that you can recover damages. To prove negligence, we would need to show: (1) you were owed a duty to use reasonable care, (2) breach of the duty to use reasonable care, (3) causation, and (4) damages.Consult a Seasoned CTA Worker Lawyer
The CTA and its insurer may fight for your workers’ compensation claim or try to minimize your benefits. It can be crucial to consult counsel about whether you’re being treated fairly. Our Chicago workers’ compensation attorneys represent CTA workers in Quincy, Champaign, Rockford, and Aurora, along with Kane, Cook, Winnebago, Sangamon, and Adams Counties. We also handle Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) claims and third-party lawsuits and consider whether these are appropriate when reviewing a prospective client’s case. Call us at 312-263-6330 or 800-444-1525 or complete our online form.