Chicago Handicapped Transport Accident Lawyer
Many disabled people rely on publicly and privately operated medical transportation companies to take them to and from doctor's appointments and social functions. The transport company and drivers are responsible for ensuring that these particularly vulnerable people reach their destination safely.
Disabled patients injured while on a medical transportation bus or van are entitled to compensation for their injuries from the operator.
Hiring an Illinois Handicap Transport Injury Attorney
Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC is committed to securing the most favorable compensation for our clients injured in Chicago handicapped transportation accidents. Our law office has represented disabled people in various types of incidents involving:
- Driver negligence
- Loading/unloading errors
- Improper use of restraints
- Driver physical abuse
Contact our office today for a free review of your situation and explain how Illinois law applies to your set of facts.
Handicapped Van Transportation Accident FAQs
How do You tie Down a Wheelchair?
Most disabled transportation service providers use a four-point tie-down wheelchair securement to transport passengers safely. The wheelchair should be in the forward-facing position and secured using straps attached to four securement points.
Individuals securing the wheelchair should ensure that all the straps are tightened to the point that all slack is removed. Never attach a tie-down strap to a removable, moving, or adjustable part of the wheelchair.
When Securing a Wheelchair, Where Should the Rear Straps be Hooked First?
There are likely two floor anchor points in the correct position for a rear tie-down strap inside the transport vehicle. Usually, these positions are directly behind the wheelchair.
Next, secure the front tie-down strap to the anchor points on the floor that are usually spaced far wider than the wheels on the wheelchair. Securing the wheelchair using a four-point system can maximize the passenger's safety even while traveling under adverse conditions.
How do You Transfer the Patient in a Wheelchair Down a Ramp?
It is always best to position the wheelchair backward-facing if the ramp is attached to a building, minivan, or transport vehicle. Next, move the patient in the wheelchair down the ramp backward to control your descent safely.
Facing the wheelchair passenger forward could cause serious harm, including neck injuries, spinal cord damage, and TBI (traumatic brain injury) if the patient falls forward.
How do You Anchor a Wheelchair in a Van?
Locking a wheelchair securely in a van is essential to the passenger's safety. You can use a manual tie-down attached to anchor points on the floorboard of the van.
Some vans are equipped with retractable tie-downs that pull in the straps when not in use, keeping them out of harm's way.
What are Some of the Safety Tips You Should Implement During the Wheelchair Transfer?
Never lean forward from the wheelchair, causing you to tip forward and out of the chair. Instead, lock the wheelchair brakes before attempting any movement and never slide or position yourself too far forward from the wheelchair seat.
Move both footrests to the side or remove them altogether to prevent tripping over either one while transferring.
Can You Stand in a Wheelchair Lift?
It is never safe for anyone to ride on the wheelchair lift in a standing position. Making that choice could cause an accident with serious injuries or wrongful death.
Allow the passenger in the wheelchair to sit alone in a secured locked position on the lift to reduce any potential risk of falling. In most cases, the transport driver will secure the wheelchair, using straps and anchor points on the chair and the lift.
Fragile Passengers: Why Handicapped Transportation Companies to Take Precautions
In particular, medical transport drivers need to take the necessary precautions to accommodate their passengers' disabilities and medical needs. Despite the medical transportation companies' responsibilities, we frequently encounter the following types of incidents that frequently give rise to severe injuries to or death of passengers in the Chicago area:
- Unsecured wheelchairs that allow the patient to fall during a sudden stop,
- Patients left in a van during extreme heat or cold,
- Improperly used chairlifts,
- Failing to use brakes on wheelchairs,
- Patients dropped from wheelchairs or stretchers during loading or unloading,
- Companies negligently hired drivers with violent backgrounds.
In Illinois, transportation companies are held to "a high standard of care" or "high degree of care." These can include private medical transport, buses, nursing home vans, trains, and even school buses.
They are held to a higher standard than just "ordinary care." They are expected to take more precautions to ensure the safety of their passengers, especially with disabled and medically debilitated persons.
Multiple Entities Might be to Blame for an Injury to a Disabled Person During Transportation
In the case of a medical transport accident involving a disabled person, it may be necessary to do a complete investigation to determine the parties that are possibly liable for the crash.
For example, if a child in a wheelchair is injured while traveling to school in a transport vehicle, there may be more than one party responsible for causing the car or van accident. According to the National Registry Of Rehabilitation Technology Suppliers, the most common entities sued for negligence or liability in this circumstance include:
- The school district
- The transportation company (such as a public transportation company or Chicago Transit Authority)
- The transport driver
- The wheelchair transportation service provider
- Manufacturers of defective products, i.e., defective wheelchair
Transportation service providers must follow ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) rules and regulations to ensure young children remained safe while locked in their seat belts when traveling.
Due to the complexity of resolving a handicapped transportation accident case, hiring experienced Chicago personal injury attorneys to investigate all possible entities that may be responsible for an injury during medical transport is a wise decision.
Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC has a team of experts that can look at all possible angles of the case and determine who is at fault for the accident, whether it is one entity or several that have some portion of liability in the compensation claim.
Medical Care for Injuries Involving Disabled Passengers During Medical Transportation
Although many of these injuries may appear relatively minor at first glimpse, they can frequently evolve into a more serious situation, given the fact that many of these patients are frail and in already weakened states. The liable entities such as the transport companies and their insurance carriers will have a legal team to protect their interests.
Victims of serious injury accidents need legal representation on their side who can prove that the injuries were sustained or made worse by the crash. Extensive research into the victim's existing medical condition is often necessary, and expert testimony might prove that the accident caused further medical issues.
How We can Assist You or Family Member After an Accident
From the time we are retained after an auto accident involving a disabled person, our lawyers get to work to help gather critical evidence that can be used to settle a case with an insurance company or taking a case to trial.
We will protect your legal rights by:
- Ordering police reports from investigating agencies
- Requesting medical records and medical bills
- Meeting with treating physicians and medical professionals who can advise of future care needs and anticipated medical expenses
- Consulting with leading experts in the fields of handicapped transportation
- Taking recorded statements from witnesses to the incident
We are deeply committed to your success and will do what is needed to secure the most favorable financial compensation for you.
Hiring a Chicago Handicap Transport Accident Lawyer
Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC remains committed to representing the most susceptible members of society in personal injury and wrongful death matters. If you or a loved one suffered an injury during medical transport in the Chicago metropolitan area or other towns throughout the State of Illinois, let us begin investigating your compensation claim.
Legal consultations with our car accident attorneys are always free of charge with no obligation, so there is nothing to lose by discussing your accident claim with an experienced motor vehicle crash lawyers in our office. We handle all cases on a contingency fee agreement. You are charged no fee until we successfully resolve your compensation case.
Contact our personal injury lawyers today at (888) 424-5757 (toll-free phone call) or through the contact form to schedule a free consultation. All discussions with our law firm remain confidential through an attorney-client relationship.
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