Does injury on commute to work count for workers’ comp? In this article, you will learn all you should know about injuries while commuting to work.
Millions of people in and around Chicago commute to work each day. Most commuters use public transportation or drive in their own car to get to their jobs, but some Chicago area workers also bike to work or carpool. When commuters are injured on their way to work, complex issues can arise regarding liability.
Injured While Commuting: Questions to Ask
The following factors significantly impact liability and your ability to obtain financial compensation for your injuries.
1. Were you a traveling employee?
Workers who are injured on the job are generally entitled to workers’ compensation benefits. Workers’ compensation extends to traveling employees, such as salespersons and flight attendants, who may not be engaged in work-related activities at the time of the injury, but who would not have been in the accident were it not for his or her job. For instance, if a salesman was injured in an auto accident on his way to a restaurant while on an out-of-town business trip, he or she may be entitled to workers’ compensation even though the injury did not happen while he or she was engaged in work-related activities.
Illinois lawmakers recently proposed legislation that could significantly impact the ability of traveling employees to obtain workers’ compensation benefits, however, so it is highly recommended that you consult with a skilled workers’ compensation lawyer like those at Ankin Law for assistance with your claim.
2. Were you injured while driving or while riding on public transportation, such as a train or bus?
According to the NTSB, millions of Americans rely on commuter rail, subways, and light rail for their daily commute. Moreover, millions of Chicagoans rely on CTA’s fleet of more than 1,700 buses to commute to work. If you were injured in a bus or train accident, you may be entitled to financial compensation from the transportation company responsible for the bus or train involved in the accident.
3. Were you injured while carpooling?
According to the Illinois Department of Transportation, 22,812 passengers were injured in auto accidents in 2011 alone. Like any person who is injured by a negligent motorist in an auto accident, injured passengers are often entitled to money damages for medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering.
Accordingly, depending on the circumstances of the accident, you may be entitled to money damages from your driver and any other negligent drivers. Passengers injured in a car crash are often not aware of all of the facts of the accident, which can make determining liability difficult, so it is highly recommended that you consult with an experienced auto accident lawyer like those at Ankin Law.
4. Were you injured while riding in a taxicab?
Not only do taxicab drivers have an obligation to obey the rules of the road like all motorists, but, as a “common carrier” available for hire, they have an obligation to exercise the highest degree of care in when transporting passengers. The failure to do so can result in liability for any injuries, damages, and deaths that occur as a result of a taxicab accident. If you were injured as a passenger in the taxicab accident, you may be able to recover money damages for your injuries from the taxicab driver and/or the taxicab company.
Contact Ankin Law
At Ankin Law, our experienced Chicago accident lawyers focus on representing the victims of auto accidents, train accidents, bus accidents, and taxicab accidents. We are well-versed in the legal complexities of workers’ compensation and personal injury claims.
If you have been injured while commuting, do not hesitate to contact Ankin Law to schedule a free consultation with one of our knowledgeable Chicago workers’ comp lawyers.
Chicago personal injury and workers’ compensation attorney Howard Ankin has a passion for justice and a relentless commitment to defending injured victims throughout the Chicagoland area. With decades of experience achieving justice on behalf of the people of Chicago, Howard has earned a reputation as a proven leader in and out of the courtroom. Respected by peers and clients alike, Howard’s multifaceted approach to the law and empathetic nature have secured him a spot as an influential figure in the Illinois legal system.