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Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) Employee Workers Compensation Lawyer

Cta Train Workers Transporting Chicagobound PassengersThe Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) has a long history of denying injured employees the workers' compensation benefits they are entitled to under the Illinois Workers' Compensation Act.

Employees are often forced to deal with CTA adjusters in an adversarial system and navigate through a complex system to receive benefits. This process can be difficult and frustrating, as the CTA often limits an employee's benefits.

The personal injury attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers have the experience and resources to help you get the benefits you deserve. We will work hard to get you the medical care and income replacement benefits you need while we fight for your rights.

Our Chicago workers' compensation attorneys at (888) 424-5757 (toll-free phone number) or use the contact form today for immediate legal advice and schedule a free consultation. All confidential or sensitive information you share with our legal team remains private through an attorney-client relationship.

CTA Transportation Professionals

CTA workers are transportation professionals charged with the duty of moving 1.6 million passengers to their daily destinations throughout the Chicagoland metropolitan area along a pre-assigned route. In addition to transporting more than 500 million passengers every year, employees are also responsible for following all transit rules.

Transit operators managing the CTA train and bus systems must guide their vehicles safely through all weather conditions and heavily congested traffic on the roads and rails. The worker must obey all traffic laws, adhere to their preassigned schedule and ensure that every passenger arrives safely at their destination.

Were you or a family member injured while working at Chicago Transit Authority? If so, you are likely entitled to certain benefits. Contact our workers' compensation attorneys for more information and a free review of your legal rights and options.

Chicago CTA Employee Wages

Annual WagesAccording to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics for the year 2016, involving employment statistics of the previous year, there were 6370 CTA employees at work in the Chicago metropolitan area.

These statistics reveal that Transit Authority Employees in northeastern Illinois earned $26.49 per hour, or $55,100 annually, on average. These earning wages are significantly higher than the national averages. See Chart

A Dangerous Occupation

All employees of the Chicago Transit Authority are vulnerable to the threat of violence and susceptible to physical attacks at the least unexpected moment. Reports of bus drivers and train operators being assaulted at gunpoint or with the knife are too common in dense urban environments.

Along with the potential of physical dangers, employees are often the target of frustrated individuals who may complain about a delayed arrival, the vehicle's bad condition, or another factor out of the operator's control.

Most employees who have successfully maintained their job for years survived because they devised effective coping strategies to keep on schedule while minimizing disruptive activities from complaining patrons.

The operator's efforts to maintain a safe environment for passengers are accomplished while remaining vigilant to avoid a crash that could arise at any moment. To maintain safety, bus drivers and train operators must continually respond to the continuing bombardment of:

  • Incoming signals,
  • Ever-changing traffic conditions,
  • Uncontrollable weather, and
  • Construction projects along their route

Excessively Stressful Job

Many transportation employees are a part of a special occupational group at considerable risk for ischemic heart disease, hypertension, and other serious medical problems. Typically, employees pay a heavy price to remain on the job.

As a result, excessive stress levels can wreak havoc on their health, placing a burden on the musculoskeletal system, G.I. tract, blood vessels, and heart.

Chicago's NBC 5 investigated the level of crime occurring in the rapid transit system in the metropolitan area. The results of the month-long investigation revealed no improvement in the violence occurring on the system that transports more than a million individuals every day.

Dangerous Locations

Their investigation reported that the 95th/Dan Ryan CTA Station ranks highest as the most dangerous location in the metropolitan area. The Roosevelt Station in the 69th St. station tied for second on the Red and Green lines.

The incidents of theft occurred more often at busy downtown stations, including Jackson, Clark & Lake, State & Lake, Chicago Avenue, and 95th/Dan Ryan.

Even though major changes were made a few years ago, including the installation of 3600 cameras that monitor the train system, crime has yet to be deterred—only one in four crimes occurring on the CTA system end in an arrest.

Transit Worker Assaults

Most occupations do not require the worker to continuously worry about being punched, hollered at, spit on, denigrated, stabbed, or shot while being robbed or assaulted. Unfortunately, CTA workers, especially those employed to operate buses, trains, and transit stations, are highly susceptible to serious attacks that cause injuries and death.

Common injuries suffered by CTA employees include deep puncture wounds, broken facial bones, cuts, and lacerations. The damage to their mental capacity and psyche is likely just as bad. Some cases involving attack, assault, and victimization of CTA workers include:

  • Case 1: April 2017 – A 79-year-old passenger was spotted by a female bus driver molesting a fourteen-year-old girl. The bus operator reacted quickly by slamming on the brakes, locking the doors, and calling the police.
  • Case 2: December 2014 – A man on Chicago's South Side pled guilty to sexually assaulting and robbing a CTA employee and was sentenced to twenty-six years in prison. The Cook County court accepted a guilty plea from 21-year-old Devante Willis for aggravated criminal sexual assault with a firearm. The incident occurred on December 30, 2014.

CTA System Worker

Living life as a professional bus driver or train operator in the city's CTA system can be a stressful occupation, especially at certain times of the day when traffic becomes dense during rush hours when the risk of an accident is at its greatest.

Typically, the bus system employees are exposed to excessive noise, air pollutants, dehydration, and stress exacerbated by changing shift work schedules. In detail, these include:

  • Excessive Noise – The city's bus system travels along some of Chicago's busiest streets filled with other trucks, passenger cars, and commercial vehicles crossing the pathways of the rail system. On busy days, the street sounds can produce an excessive noise rating at 80 dB or higher.
  • Polluted Air – The air quality above Chicago's metropolitan area is highly concentrated with heavy pollutants that can cause significant long-term health problems for CTA employees performing their duties on city streets.
  • Dehydration – CTA employees working different shifts often have their biological clocks disrupted when they work the day shift one week and the night shift another, followed by working the evening shift.
  • Muscle and Joint Pain – Most CTA bus drivers and train operators spend hours sitting in place behind the wheel, leading to being injured on the job over time.

CTA Bus Employees Injured on the Job Filing a Claim for Workers' Compensation Benefits

State and city governments are required to provide benefits under the worker's comp system to ensure that injured employees receive reasonable care and recover damages in work-related injuries.

However, filing an Illinois workers' compensation claim can be challenging, especially when the employer once treated the injured party to see a company doctor for their work accident injuries.

Worker's comp is a no-fault system to ensure that employees injured on the job are treated fairly even if they caused their injuries or death.

The victim and surviving family members can receive certain burial and disability benefits to pay for medical expenses, hospital costs, lost wages, disability benefits, and funeral/burial expenses.

Third-Party Lawsuits

In some cases, Illinois workers' compensation lawyers will identify other parties also responsible for causing the accident with injuries and fatalities. In these cases, the Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) employees or surviving family members can file a third-party lawsuit.

Potential defendants could include:

Contact A Chicago Transit Authority Worker's Comp & Injury Law Firm

Our attorneys help injured CTA employees obtain monetary recovery under the Illinois Workers' Compensation Act and through civil lawsuits. In addition, we provide free case reviews and a No-Win/No Fee Guarantee.

Make no upfront payment for legal services because our attorneys receive payment only after they have successfully resolved your case by winning at trial or after negotiating an acceptable out-of-court settlement. Be assured; if our workers' compensation lawyers do not win your case, you owe us nothing!

Our law firm provides legal services in the following localities: Cook County, DeKalb County, DuPage County, Champaign County, Lake County, McHenry County, Winnebago County, Sangamon County, Kane County, Will County, and throughout Illinois.

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