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Pedestrian Accident While on the Job

June 11th, 2020 at 8:47 pm

IL job injury attorneyIllinois is home to some of the busiest cities in the country- Chicago, Cook County, and Rosemont-  putting pedestrians at greater risk. According to the Illinois Department of Transportation, there were 319,146 motor vehicle crashes in 2018. Of those 319,146, 4,779 involved a pedestrian. If you were a pedestrian in a motor vehicle crash, it is important to consult with a workers’ compensation attorney to protect your rights and maximize your compensation.

Illinois Pedestrian Laws

Pedestrians and drivers are equally responsible for maintaining traffic safety. However, drivers should always yield the right-of-way when a pedestrian is present, and should not drive unreasonably close to them.

Within the state of Illinois, a driver must stop in any of these situations:

  • When a pedestrian is in a marked crosswalk.
  • When a pedestrian is walking with a walk signal.
  • When a pedestrian is in an unmarked crosswalk, but on the driver’s side of the roadway and there are no traffic lights to direct them.
  • When children are in close proximity to a school zone crosswalk.
  • When a pedestrian is walking with a green light, to a walking person symbol or a walk signal.
  • When a pedestrian is in a marked crosswalk before the traffic light has changed from red to green.
  • When a pedestrian is entering an intersection with a flashing yellow signal.
  • When a pedestrian is entering or leaving the road from a building, alley, driveway, or private road.

The Insurance Company

An injured pedestrian will most likely recover compensation from an auto insurance company following the accident. However, if the accident took place while the pedestrian was on the job, their employer may be responsible to cover damages. Additionally, if the pedestrian suffered a severe injury or death, the pedestrian or his/her family may be able to sue the driver or their auto insurance company.

If You Have Been Hit

If you have been hit by a motor vehicle, it is important to seek out medical attention even if you do not think you have been injured. Either way, you will want to collect the following information:

  • The driver’s name, any and all contact information such as phone number, and/or email address, insurance information, and their license plate number.
  • The witness or witnesses name and contact information.

Additionally, take pictures of anything you deem important that may help your case. These pictures include the driver’s car, any damage on the vehicle, skid marks on the pavement, and injuries you have sustained.

Contact a Chicago Job Injury Attorney Today

Were you or a loved one severely injured while walking or jogging? Contact a Cook County workers’ compensation attorney from the Law Offices of Francis J. Discipio. Our legal team will represent you and your case.

 

Sources:

http://www.idot.illinois.gov/Assets/uploads/files/Transportation-System/Resources/Safety/Crash-Reports/crash-facts/2018%20Crash%20Facts.pdf

https://www.cyberdriveillinois.com/departments/drivers/traffic_safety/bikepedsafety.html

http://www.ilga.gov/legislation/ilcs/fulltext.asp?DocName=062500050K11-401

 

The Coronavirus and Workers’ Compensation

March 24th, 2020 at 7:27 pm

coronavirusThe coronavirus pandemic has taken the world by storm, forcing schools, restaurants, casinos and many other public places to close until further notice. However, many working individuals such as healthcare providers, airline and airport operators, and retail workers are susceptible to the virus because of the high exposure risk.

Although the outbreak originally derived from individuals exposed to infected animals, the virus can be spread between people. Those infected with the virus spread their illness through their respiratory secretions, such as coughing and/or sneezing. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention states the spread from person-to-person in close contact- about six feet.

Coronavirus Symptoms

The following symptoms can appear between two and 14 days after exposure to the virus:

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Trouble breathing

If you are experiencing symptoms, contact your employer, any friends or family you may have been in contact with, and your doctor immediately.

Protecting Yourself

If you are at increased risk of contracting the coronavirus, it is extremely important to take extra precaution:

  • Practice social distancing. Increase the physical space between you and other individuals to avoid spreading the illness.
  • Avoid shaking hands. Utilize fist bumps, curtseys, or elbow taps.
  • Wash your hands meticulously and frequently after touching people, objects or surfaces. To make sure your hands are properly washed, use soap and warm water for 20-30 seconds.
  • Keep a bottle of hand sanitizer and a container of disinfecting wipes within reach.
  • Avoid touching your face altogether.
  • Cover your mouth with a disposable tissue when sneezing or coughing. Use your elbow only if you have to as viruses can cling to your clothing or skin.
  • If you are able, wear a facemask, and rubber gloves.

Contact a Cook County, Illinois Workers’ Compensation Attorney Today

The legal team at the Law Offices of Francis J. Discipio wants to assure our clients that we’re here for you during these challenging times. Our attorneys and staff will be working remotely, however, we do not anticipate any interruption in the services and our staff will continue to receive calls during our regular business hours of 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Our attorneys will be available to consult with clients via email, phone, and video conference. We encourage you to contact us at 630-574-2288 if you have any questions.

 

Sources:

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prepare/transmission.html?CDC_AA_refVal=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.cdc.gov%2Fcoronavirus%2F2019-ncov%2Fabout%2Ftransmission.html

 

Historic Tragedies and Workers’ Compensation

December 15th, 2019 at 11:18 am

IL workers compensation lawyer, IL job injury attorney, Historic Tragedies that Formed Workers’ CompensationAs a society, we create laws and regulations to prevent tragedies from happening again and develop protocols if they do. For example, after a child’s tragic death, legislation may be passed on a state level concerning the situation that took their life such as David’s law in Texas or Kelsey’s law in Illinois. The first workers’ compensation laws took place in 1911 after a series of accidents in the United States that took the lives of hundreds of workers. These accidents helped to form the government program to assist employees after injury or death in the workplace.

Today, most employers in Illinois are required to have workers’ compensation insurance and all employees have the right to file a claim after a work accident. Workers’ compensation provides benefits if an employee cannot return to work, such as lost wage payments and no-cost medical care. For jobs with heavy labor or emotional toll such as a construction worker or first responder, worker’s compensation is critical to the health of an employee after work-related accidents. Factory workers and coal miners in the following accidents lead to the current workers’ compensation laws that benefit modern workers.

Cherry Mine Disaster of 1909: The coal industry was notorious for injuries and deaths of workers in the early 20th century. Despite the mine, located in Cherry, Illinois, is one of the most advanced at its time, a fire started on the 13th day of December took the lives of 259 workers. Some of these minors were as young as 10 years old. The fire left women and families without financial support. The mine owner was charged fees for child labor and was ordered to supply families of lost loved ones $1,800.

Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire of 1911: Neglected safety featured from the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory in New York City caused the deaths of 147 workers. The factory only one functional elevator that brought workers to the main floor. On March 25, a fire started with 600 workers in the factory. The masses loaded into the singular elevator, which after four trips, broke. Other workers jumped to their deaths in an attempt to escape or burned alive. The families were only paid $75 for each death.

Contact a Chicago Workers’ Compensation Attorney

The occurrences of accidents in the workplace are not new, but today there are benefits and protections for workers. If you have been involved in a workplace accident that has left you injured and unable to return to work, contact an experienced Cook County workers’ compensation attorney today to discuss your options. Contact us at 630-574-2288 to arrange a free consultation today.

 

Sources:

https://www2.illinois.gov/sites/iwcc/resources/Pages/faq.aspx#history

https://www.mentalfloss.com/article/79802/1909-cherry-mine-disaster

https://www.history.com/topics/early-20th-century-us/triangle-shirtwaist-fire

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