Peter Higgins Law https://www.peterhigginslaw.com/ en Who is Responsible for Keeping Roads Safe for Cyclists & Pedestrians? https://www.peterhigginslaw.com/blog/20160816/who-responsible-keeping-roads-safe-cyclists-pedestrians <span>Who is Responsible for Keeping Roads Safe for Cyclists &amp; Pedestrians?</span> <span><span lang="" about="/users/admin" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">duoadmin</span></span> <span>Tue, 08/16/2016 - 15:28</span> <div class="field field-field-category field-label-hidden field-items"> <div class="field-item">Auto Accident</div> </div> <div class="field field-body field-label-hidden field-item"><p> </p> <p><img alt="Bike Safety Tips" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="93e980ff-bc40-4a0c-9cce-41ab92fc77a9" height="335" src="/sites/default/files/inline-images/BikeSafetyTips.png" width="335" class="align-right" loading="lazy" />In warmer seasons and in urban areas, there is typically an influx of pedestrian and bicycle traffic. Combined with auto vehicles, the increase in the number of people on roadways can heighten the chance of an accident. The <a href="/practice-areas/personal-injury-lawyers">personal injury lawyers</a> at <span>Peter</span> Higgins Law want to ensure that you are aware of who is responsible for keeping roads safe for cyclists and pedestrians.</p> <h2>Roads are a Joint Responsibility</h2> <p>If you are walking or riding a bike on a roadway, it is your responsibility as the pedestrian or cyclist to abide by posted signage, laws, and traffic signals when out. The same holds true for motor vehicle drivers as they need to be aware of areas that may have greater foot and bike traffic, practicing caution when driving through them.</p> <p>Although responsibility falls on the individual, whether driving, riding or walking, the <a href="http://www.fhwa.dot.gov/">Federal Highway Administration (<span>FHWA</span>)</a> has taken measures to increase pedestrian safety. According to the <a href="http://exchange.aaa.com/">AAA Exchange</a>, the <span>FHWA</span> has made infrastructure improvements and implemented safety measures such as including more medians and redesigning roads allowing for better pedestrian and bicycle traffic flow.</p> <h2>Pedestrian Road Safety</h2> <p>Pedestrians always have the right away in traffic. However, even with automobiles and bicyclists having to adhere to this law, it is important that both parties are aware of their surroundings. Always practicing caution when traveling on a roadway is the key to keeping yourself and others safe. Some common tips for pedestrians include:</p> <ul><li><strong>Be Distraction Free:</strong> If you are multi-tasking during your trip, you should think again. Talking on the phone, texting, eating, and listening to music are all common distractions that can be eliminated from your walking routine in order to avoid a life-threatening or fatal accident.</li> <li><strong>Don't Drink and Walk:</strong> According to the AAA Exchange, almost half of all traffic related collisions with a pedestrian had alcohol involved. Alarmingly, <a href="http://exchange.aaa.com/safety/pedestrian-safety/pedestrian-collisions/#.V46RMrgrKUk">35% of those accidents</a> were because the pedestrian was under the influence. Consuming alcohol while walking can have just as serious of detrimental effects as drinking and driving can.</li> <li><strong>Take Time To Be Aware:</strong> It is crucial that you take a minute or two to become aware of your surroundings. Knowing if you are going to be entering a high volume motor vehicle traffic area or crossing paths with bicyclists is important. Always adhere to the traffic rules and proceed with caution while walking.</li> </ul><h2>Cyclist Road Safety</h2> <p><a href="http://exchange.aaa.com/safety/bicycle-safety/on-the-road/#.V4-Gv7iANBc">Bicyclists have the same rights and responsibilities as motorists</a>. If you are mounted and riding a bike, you are considered a vehicle on the road and must adhere to motor vehicle laws. However, if you dismount and walk alongside your bicycle, you are then considered a pedestrian and your responsibilities on the road align with those of someone walking. It is important that you discern between the two if you are an avid cyclist. Some common tips for bicyclists include:</p> <ul><li>Yield to pedestrians</li> <li>Stop at stop signs</li> <li>Signal turns</li> <li>Travel with the flow of traffic</li> <li>Keep your distance behind vehicles</li> </ul><p>With cyclists, pedestrians, and motor vehicle operators practicing common safety precautions, sharing the roadways is safe and enjoyable. No matter what mode of transportation or free time activities you enjoy, make sure to be aware of your surroundings and respectful to others on the road. If you or someone you know has been a part of an accident as a pedestrian or bicyclist, the personal injury lawyers at Peter Higgins Law are committed to providing accident and injury victims with the advocacy and support they need to get results. <a href="/contact">Contact us for a free consultation</a> with an experienced personal injury lawyer.</p></div> Tue, 16 Aug 2016 15:28:45 +0000 duoadmin 450 at https://www.peterhigginslaw.com Facts vs. Myths: Construction Accidents https://www.peterhigginslaw.com/blog/20150512/facts-vs-myths-construction-accidents <span>Facts vs. Myths: Construction Accidents</span> <span><span lang="" about="/users/admin" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">duoadmin</span></span> <span>Tue, 05/12/2015 - 18:36</span> <div class="field field-field-category field-label-hidden field-items"> <div class="field-item">Construction Accident</div> </div> <div class="field field-body field-label-hidden field-item"><p>The construction industry is notorious for being considered a dangerous profession, and one that also has a lot of myths and misunderstandings about it. The <a href="https://www.peterhigginslaw.com/chicago-il-personal-injury-attorneys">construction accident attorneys</a> at <span>Peter</span> Higgins Law would like to help explain some of the facts that counteract these myths regarding the construction industry.</p> <p><strong>MYTH:</strong> Getting struck by objects is the leading cause of construction accidents on <span>worksites</span>.<br /><strong>FACT:</strong> Although getting struck by falling objects is a major hazard in terms of construction worker safety, it is not the leading cause of accidents. According to the <a href="https://www.osha.gov/oshstats/commonstats.html">Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)</a>, falls consisted of 36.9% of all construction-related deaths in 2013. Being struck by a falling object accounted for 10.3%.</p> <p><strong>MYTH:</strong> The number of construction-related deaths in the U.S. has increased in the past several years.<br /><strong>FACT: </strong>Contrarily, according to OSHA, workers deaths are down from 38 deaths a day in 1970 to 12 a day in 2012. The number of worker deaths might be down compared to over 40 years ago, but it’s still a major issue that needs addressing.</p> <p><strong>MYTH:</strong> Safety programs on construction <span>worksites</span> will solve the problem of construction-related accidents.<br /><strong>FACT:</strong> Safety programs are a great way to educate construction workers and help guide the way to safer <span>worksites</span>, but the training alone will not solve the problem. It's important that workers and contractors are doing their best every day to ensure a safe working environment for everyone involved.</p> <p><strong>MYTH:</strong> Being in compliance with OSHA regulations will guarantee safety.<br /><strong>FACT:</strong> OSHA only provides regulations. It's up to the individuals that are working onsite to ensure that a work zone is safe. Accidents are preventable, but it's the responsibility of the workers and their supervisors to ensure proper safety measures are always taking place.</p> <p>If you've been injured on the job as the result of the work that you do, please <a href="/contact">contact the attorneys at <span>Peter</span> Higgins Law</a>. We’ll fight for you to help you get what you deserve.</p> <p> </p></div> Tue, 12 May 2015 18:36:33 +0000 duoadmin 375 at https://www.peterhigginslaw.com Facts vs. Myths: FELA Claims https://www.peterhigginslaw.com/blog/20150423/facts-vs-myths-fela-claims <span>Facts vs. Myths: FELA Claims</span> <span><span lang="" about="/users/admin" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">duoadmin</span></span> <span>Thu, 04/23/2015 - 18:08</span> <div> <img loading="lazy" src="/sites/default/files/blog/FactsVsMythsFELA_0.jpg" width="762" height="476" alt="" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </div> <div class="field field-field-category field-label-hidden field-items"> <div class="field-item">FELA Claim Amtrak Injury</div> </div> <div class="field field-body field-label-hidden field-item"><p><br />  </p> <p>As a railroad worker, you may have some misconceptions regarding the <a href="/injury-advice/railroad-amtrak-workers-rights-under-fela">Federal Employers' Liability Act (<span>FELA</span>)</a> and the rights that it provides you. Since it's a federal law, it has its own unique rules and procedures that must be followed. Below, the attorneys at <span>Peter</span> Higgins Law have compiled a list of myths that we've overheard regarding <span>FELA</span> claims and have given rebuttals based on our experience in dealing with related cases.</p> <p><strong>MYTH:</strong> Only local personal injury firms can handle your case.<br /><strong>FACT:</strong> Since <span>FELA</span> is a federal law, injured railroad or Amtrak workers can be represented anywhere in the United States at the federal or state level. For example, the attorneys at <span>Peter</span> Higgins Law have and are willing to represent railroad and Amtrak workers regardless of the location of their work-related injury.</p> <p><strong>MYTH:</strong> If you've been injured while working on a railroad, the railroad company is obligated to pay you for lost wages and medical expenses.<br /><strong>FACT:</strong> The railroad company doesn’t have an obligation to pay expenses of any sort to an injured worker; however, this doesn't mean that they won’t have to. In order to receive compensation for a railroad or Amtrak-related injury, the worker must prove that the railroad was negligent. Under the federal law, there's a very specific definition of negligence, so it's important consult with a law firm that's knowledgeable of <span>FELA</span> and has experience dealing with railroad injuries.</p> <p><strong>MYTH:</strong> Any personal injury lawyer can and should handle a <span>FELA-related</span> case.<br /><strong>FACT:</strong> Railroad and Amtrak-related injury cases and <span>FELA</span> are some of the most unique cases that we deal with because they require a high degree of experience and knowledge of the law. As such, it's crucial that you pursue an attorney that's experienced in specifically dealing with <span>FELA-related</span> cases so you have a better chance of getting the compensation and benefits that you deserve for your railroad injury.</p> <p><strong>MYTH:</strong> You don’t need to hire a lawyer to handle a <span>FELA-related</span> case.<br /><strong>FACT:</strong> This is completely untrue. <span>FELA</span> law is extremely complex and requires knowledgeable and experienced attorneys. There's no point in trying to handle a railroad or Amtrak injury case by yourself when the experienced attorneys at <span>Peter</span> Higgins Law are more than willing to determine if and how we can help with your claim.</p> <p>Since <span>FELA</span> is extremely complex, it's crucial that if you've been injured on the job or as the result of the work that you do, you work with a law firm that's experienced in handling these types of cases. <a href="/form/contact-us">Contact the Illinois attorneys</a> at <span>Peter</span> Higgins Law to be represented by a lawyer you can trust.</p></div> Thu, 23 Apr 2015 18:08:17 +0000 duoadmin 374 at https://www.peterhigginslaw.com Falls on Construction Worksites https://www.peterhigginslaw.com/blog/20141218/falls-construction-worksites <span>Falls on Construction Worksites</span> <span><span lang="" about="/users/admin" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">duoadmin</span></span> <span>Thu, 12/18/2014 - 17:17</span> <div class="field field-field-category field-label-hidden field-items"> <div class="field-item">Construction Accident</div> </div> <div class="field field-body field-label-hidden field-item"><p>Falls are the leading cause of fatalities in the construction industry. In 2013, 294 out of 796 total deaths in construction (36.9%) were caused by fall-related incidents. Among the top 10 most frequently cited standards by Federal OSHA in fiscal year 2014, fall protection ranked #1. Besides being one of the most common accidents that occur out of any industry, construction falls are completely avoidable.</p><p>With proper monitoring and communication, the drastic number of fatalities due to falls in the construction industry could be much lower. In an effort to combat the high number of fatalities in the construction industry, the <a href="https://www.osha.gov/pls/oshaweb/owadisp.show_document?p_table=STANDARDS&amp;p_id=10757" target="_blank">Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)</a> has developed <a href="https://www.osha.gov/stopfalls/edresources.html" target="_blank">several resources</a> for workers and their employers to utilize.</p><p>According to OSHA, "<em>The employer shall determine if the walking/working surfaces on which its employees are to work have the strength and structural integrity to support employees safely. Employees shall be allowed to work on those surfaces only when the surfaces have the requisite strength and structural integrity.</em>"</p><p>If you've been injured on a construction site that you believe wasn't structurally sound, you may have a viable case. It’s the employers job to determine if a working space is safe or not, and you cannot be held liable for something that’s out of your control, such as the structural integrity of a construction worksite.</p><p></p><center><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/RCcs5aV0x5I" width="560"></iframe></center><p>If you or a loved one has been injured as the result of a fall on a construction site, you may be able to find compensation for your losses. Our experienced construction accident lawyers have helped hundreds of clients in the Chicago area and throughout the state of Illinois to obtain compensation for work injuries sustained on the job site or as a result of their construction work. Don’t hesitate to <a href="/form/contact-us">contact</a> the <a href="/practice-areas/chicago-construction-accidents-attorneys">construction accident attorneys</a> at Peter Higgins Law to discuss the details of your construction accident. There is no cost for a personal injury consultation.</p></div> Thu, 18 Dec 2014 17:17:10 +0000 duoadmin 357 at https://www.peterhigginslaw.com Construction Worker Safety https://www.peterhigginslaw.com/blog/20141121/construction-worker-safety <span>Construction Worker Safety</span> <span><span lang="" about="/users/admin" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">duoadmin</span></span> <span>Fri, 11/21/2014 - 19:52</span> <div class="field field-field-category field-label-hidden field-items"> <div class="field-item">Construction Accident</div> </div> <div class="field field-body field-label-hidden field-item"><p>Construction workers help build our nation's infrastructure. This work includes many hazardous tasks and conditions such as working at high altitudes, excavations, power equipment, and electricity. Construction is one of the most high-risk occupations in the United States; however, when working at a construction site, it's a common assumption that you will be safe and out of harm's way. Construction workers should be able to trust the equipment and environment that they're working with.</p><p>All too often, construction accidents occur when individuals least expect it. This could be because safety regulations aren't properly followed or laid out, dangerous equipment isn't properly serviced or functional, employees are not trained to the greatest possible extent, or because warning signs and proper labels haven't been posted for the employees.</p><p>The <a href="https://www.osha.gov/oshstats/commonstats.html">U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics</a> reports that construction workplace fatalities rose 5% in 2012, the first annual increase in six years. There seems to be a common trend among recent statistics showing the dramatic increase in construction worker fatalities in the United States. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, 3,929 worker fatalities were reported in 2013. Out of these fatalities, one-fifth was caused in the field of construction. The most common frequently cited standard by Federal OSHA in 2013 was Fall Protection. Often times, the construction company itself can be held liable for injuries caused on the job. It's important to find out the truth so that you can potentially get the compensation that you deserve.</p><p>If you've been involved in a <a href="/practice-areas/chicago-construction-accidents-attorneys">construction accident</a>, or sustained injury on the job, you may be entitled to compensation. When you've lost time from work, or suffer from disability and pain because of a construction injury, then it's time to <a href="/form/contact-us">contact</a> the experienced <a href="/practice-areas/chicago-and-illinois-personal-injury-attorneys">personal injury lawyers</a> at Peter Higgins Law. If you think you may have a case, then we want to help. Our attorneys will handle your case diligently to ensure that you get the compensation you deserve for your construction injury.</p></div> Fri, 21 Nov 2014 19:52:30 +0000 duoadmin 354 at https://www.peterhigginslaw.com Are Illnesses Covered under FELA (Federal Employers Liability Act)? https://www.peterhigginslaw.com/blog/20141008/are-illnesses-covered-under-fela-federal-employers-liability-act <span>Are Illnesses Covered under FELA (Federal Employers Liability Act)?</span> <span><span lang="" about="/users/admin" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">duoadmin</span></span> <span>Thu, 10/09/2014 - 03:52</span> <div class="field field-field-category field-label-hidden field-items"> <div class="field-item">FELA Claim Amtrak Injury</div> </div> <div class="field field-body field-label-hidden field-item"><p>Railroad workers are employed under extremely harsh conditions and personal injuries and railroad accidents are all too common an occurrence in this field of work. The <a href="/practice-areas/chicago-fela-claim-attorneys" target="_self">FELA attorneys</a> at Peter Higgins Law have experience litigating in both state and federal courts and understand the complexities of the law. We are often asked if illnesses are covered under <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Federal_Employers_Liability_Act" target="_blank">FELA (Federal Employers Liability Act)</a>, so we have put together this resource for railroad workers and their families to help.</p><p>Certain illnesses are covered under FELA law, when those illnesses are caused by the dangerous and hazardous working conditions resulting from the railroad employer's negligence. While there are a number of illnesses and diseases that may be covered, the FELA attorneys at Peter Higgins Law are here to share some specific examples of illnesses covered under FELA law include:</p><ul><li>Respiratory Diseases<ul><li>Set off by exposure to toxic fumes, fibers or particles</li></ul></li><li>Heart Disease<ul><li>Brought on by excessively stressful working conditions on the railroad</li></ul></li><li>Brain damage<ul><li>Often set off by exposure to toxic solvents</li></ul></li><li>Skin Conditions<ul><li>Produced by exposure to chemicals, solvents or other cleaning components</li></ul></li><li>Hearing loss<ul><li>Often caused by exposure to extreme noise levels while on the job</li></ul></li><li>Toxic poisoning<ul><li>Occurs when hazardous wastes and chemicals are not properly stored or disposed of</li></ul></li><li>Frostbite<ul><li>Triggered by extremely cold working conditions</li></ul></li></ul><p>Learn more about the differences between FELA and workers compensation from Chicago personal injury attorney Peter Higgins:</p><p></p><center><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/KMz_K1YGzBs" width="560"></iframe></center><p>Unfortunately, many of these illnesses are often not discovered for many years after the illness is contracted, so it is important to understand the statues of limitations for these lawsuits. Working with an experienced FELA attorney can help simplify the process. <a href="/form/contact-us" target="_self">Contact the lawyers at Peter Higgins Law</a> today for more information and to set up a free consultation. Our personal injury attorneys have helped railroad workers throughout the United States receive appropriate compensation after a railroad injury or illness and we look forward to speaking with you.</p></div> Thu, 09 Oct 2014 03:52:10 +0000 duoadmin 347 at https://www.peterhigginslaw.com Railroad Injuries - DO'S and DON'TS When You Are Hurt on the Job https://www.peterhigginslaw.com/blog/20140909/railroad-injuries-dos-and-donts-when-you-are-hurt-job <span>Railroad Injuries - DO&#039;S and DON&#039;TS When You Are Hurt on the Job</span> <span><span lang="" about="/users/admin" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">duoadmin</span></span> <span>Wed, 09/10/2014 - 03:44</span> <div class="field field-field-category field-label-hidden field-items"> <div class="field-item">FELA Claim Amtrak Injury</div> </div> <div class="field field-body field-label-hidden field-item"><p>Railroad workers that receive injuries on the job are not covered under state <a href="/practice-areas/workers-compensation-attorneys">Workers' Compensation</a> laws, but rather under the <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Federal_Employers_Liability_Act">Federal Employers Liability Act (<span>FELA</span>)</a>. Enacted in 1908 by the United States Congress, <span>FELA</span> was created to protect the world's most thriving industry at the time, the railways. The Federal Employers Liability Act requires railroad companies to provide their employees with a "safe place to work." According to the <a href="https://www.state.il.us/court/CircuitCourt/CivilJuryInstructions/160.00.pdf">Illinois Circuit Court</a>,</p><blockquote>"<em>The Federal Employers' Liability Act provides that whenever an employee of a railroad is injured or killed while engaged in the course of his employment, the railroad shall be liable in damages to the injured employee and/or for the death of the employee, where the injury and/or death results in whole or in part from the negligence of any of the officers, agents, or other employees of the railroad or by reason of any defect or insufficiency, due to the railroad's negligence, in its cars, engines, appliances, machinery, track, roadbed, works, boats, wharves or equipment.</em>"</blockquote><p>Railroad workers injured on the job will need to prove that the railroad company failed to provide a reasonably safe place to work and that this oversight or mistake caused the injury. <a href="/injury-advice/railroad-amtrak-workers-rights-under-fela"><span>FELA</span> laws</a> are very complex and the events that immediately occur after the injury is sustained are the most critical in proving fault.</p><p>It is crucial to take the proper steps to make sure you are protected under <span>FELA</span>. The <a href="/practice-areas/chicago-fela-claim-attorneys">railroad accident attorneys</a> at <span>Peter</span> Higgins Law have provided some do’s and don’ts for railroad workers injured on the job.</p><p>Do: Notify your supervisor and report the railroad injury immediately.</p><p>Do: Seek medical attention, if your supervisor does not make sure you receive immediate medical attention, do not wait.</p><p>Do: Document the railroad injury and your medical visits, make sure to keep all medical papers and fill out an accident report. State all possible witnesses of your accident.</p><p>Do Not: Fill out any forms until you are mentally and physically able to. When possible, check first with your personal injury attorney.</p><p>Do Not: Allow railroad management into the examining room. You doctor should not discuss your injury with anyone but yourself.</p><p>Do: Contact your Union Representative. It's important to protect your legal rights, so make sure to contact your Union Representative as soon as possible.</p><p>Do Not: Sign and release your medical history.</p><p>Do: Ask your Union Representative for help in filling out the railroad accident report, especially if you have never filed one before.</p><p>Do: Be as thorough and specific as possible when describing your injuries and the railroad accident itself.</p><p>Do: Keep track of the time you missed at work.</p><p>Do Not: Return to work prematurely. If your doctor told you not to work, do not work. Returning without begin 100% healed could affect your safety and the safety of others. If you accept light duty at work, it could also affect the amount of settlement money you receive.</p><p>Do Not: Give a statement to the railroad. <span>FELA</span> does not require you to give a recorded statement to the railroad beyond filing out the company's accident report.</p><p><strong>If you feel anxious or pressured after a railroad accident, or are looking for more information on your <span>FELA</span> and rights, <a href="/form/contact-us">contact <span>Peter</span> Higgins Law</a> for assistance.</strong></p></div> Wed, 10 Sep 2014 03:44:16 +0000 duoadmin 341 at https://www.peterhigginslaw.com Unsafe Construction Work Sites: What to Watch for https://www.peterhigginslaw.com/blog/20140825/unsafe-construction-work-sites-what-watch <span>Unsafe Construction Work Sites: What to Watch for</span> <span><span lang="" about="/users/admin" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">duoadmin</span></span> <span>Mon, 08/25/2014 - 21:01</span> <div class="field field-field-category field-label-hidden field-items"> <div class="field-item">Construction Accident</div> </div> <div class="field field-body field-label-hidden field-item"><p>Construction sites are dangerous for workers, pedestrians and drivers. People are exposed to numerous hazards and unsafe working conditions every year due to construction. A preliminary total of 4,383 fatal work injuries were recorded in the United States in 2012 according to the <a href="http://www.bls.gov/news.release/cfoi.nr0.htm">Census of Fatal Occupation Injuries Summary</a>. Although the number is down from 4,693 fatal construction injuries in 2011, construction workers still face many obstacles when it comes to safety.</p><p>Some construction site accidents are caused by the negligent actions of the company on the worksite, but accidents can happen for a number of other reasons. Below the <a href="/practice-areas/chicago-construction-accidents-attorneys">construction accident attorneys</a> at Peter Higgins Law have compiled a list of some common construction site hazards and what workers should watch out for.</p><ul><li>Falls – These are often the leading cause of worker fatalities. It is important for all construction companies to issue the proper safety equipment for employees working from heights.</li><li>Heavy Equipment Injuries – Cranes, aerial lifts, mechanical booms and power tools dominate the long list of hazardous equipment that can be found on a construction site. Machines or tools that lack safeguards could potentially injure or kill construction workers or even pedestrians or drivers in the vicinity.</li><li>Burns and Electrical Injuries – Construction zones are full of burn injury hazards from welding equipment to chemical burns. Electrical injuries may be caused by overhead power lines and any other live wiring or electrical device.</li><li>Head Injuries – Construction and demolition projects consist of flying debris and falling objects. Head injuries, spinal cord damage or <a href="/blog/20140721/er-traumatic-brain-injury-visits-rise">traumatic brain injuries</a> can permanently paralyze workers if they are not careful or are not given the proper safety equipment to wear.</li><li>Lifting Injuries – It's important that the proper equipment is in place to lift or move heavy objects. Construction worksite management may fail to provide safe equipment or training when it comes to lifting objects. Heavy lifting can cause strain on muscles, back, knees shoulders and may even require surgery.</li><li>Occupational Diseases – Breathing in any mineral asbestos and other chemicals may cause occupational diseases such as scarring in the lungs or cancer.</li><li>Collapses – Unsafe ladders and scaffolding, old buildings or trenches can collapse if the proper safeguards are not taken, putting both construction workers and the public at risk.</li></ul><p>It is essential to contact a personal injury lawyer that has the experience and knowledge to deal with any types of construction accident. Our <a href="/practice-areas/chicago-and-illinois-personal-injury-attorneys">Chicago personal injury attorneys</a> have helped hundreds of clients obtain workers compensation for the injuries that have occurred on the job site. <a href="/form/contact-us">Contact</a> Peter Higgins Law to schedule your free consultation.</p></div> Mon, 25 Aug 2014 21:01:39 +0000 duoadmin 340 at https://www.peterhigginslaw.com Understanding FELA & Railroad Worker Rights https://www.peterhigginslaw.com/blog/20140626/understanding-fela-railroad-worker-rights <span>Understanding FELA &amp; Railroad Worker Rights</span> <span><span lang="" about="/users/admin" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">duoadmin</span></span> <span>Thu, 06/26/2014 - 18:16</span> <div class="field field-field-category field-label-hidden field-items"> <div class="field-item">FELA Claim Amtrak Injury</div> </div> <div class="field field-body field-label-hidden field-item"><p> </p><p>Often, actions that take a few seconds to transpire can impact a worker’s career, family and way of life forever. Like highways with auto accidents, the railroad system can be a dangerous place for passengers, but more so for workers. According to the <a href="http://safetydata.fra.dot.gov/officeofsafety/publicsite/summary.aspx" target="_blank">Federal Railroad Administration Office of Safety Analysis</a> there has been a 2.3% increase in train accidents from 2013 to 2014, despite the improvement of safeguards and inspection requirements.</p><p>Railroad workers need to understand their <span data-scayt_word="FELA" data-scaytid="1">FELA</span> basic rights so in the case of a railroad accident or work related injury, they can be better prepared. To better understand the difference between <span data-scayt_word="FELA" data-scaytid="2">FELA</span> and state workers compensation cases, watch our video:</p><center><p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/KMz_K1YGzBs" width="560"></iframe></p></center><p>The <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Federal_Employers_Liability_Act" target="_blank">Federal Employers Liability Act</a>, commonly known as <span data-scayt_word="FELA" data-scaytid="3">FELA</span>, recognizes the dangers of working in the railroad industry. This act provides a legal basis which protects and compensates railroad employees injured on the job. Under <span data-scayt_word="FELA" data-scaytid="4">FELA</span>, railroad workers are entitled to a safe workplace. Railroad workers and families have the right to sue in the event that employee negligence caused the railroad injury or the death, on the job. <span data-scayt_word="FELA" data-scaytid="5">FELA</span> is not the same as <a href="/practice-areas/workers-compensation-attorneys" target="_self">workers compensation</a>. <span data-scayt_word="FELA" data-scaytid="9">FELA</span> requires injured railroad workers to prove that the railroad was “legally negligent” in causing the injury; while employees under workers’ compensation receive compensation immediately with a fixed monetary allowance. Because <span data-scayt_word="FELA" data-scaytid="10">FELA</span> has a three-year statute of limitations, it is vital to seek help from an attorney immediately following a railroad accident in order to receive the compensation you deserve.</p><p>If a railroad worker sustains a work related injury, they should take the following steps to exercise their <span data-scayt_word="FELA" data-scaytid="13">FELA</span> rights:</p><ul><li>Immediately after the incident, report to the employment supervisor and file an Employer’s Injury Report. Be as accurate and thorough providing details of the railroad accident and injuries obtained.</li><li>Seek necessary medical attention and treatment. Try to keep copies of your medical records and bills.</li><li>Create your own personal injury report. Having a personal, in-depth report could help your <a href="/practice-areas/chicago-fela-claim-attorneys" target="_self"><span data-scayt_word="FELA" data-scaytid="15">FELA</span> injury claim lawyer</a> understand the incident more clearly.</li><li>When necessary, get in contact with your union representative and inform them of the incident.</li><li>Keep track of any lost time at work as a result of your injuries.</li><li>Talk with an experienced <span data-scayt_word="FELA" data-scaytid="17">FELA</span> attorney as soon as possible after your railroad accident. Attorneys at <span data-scayt_word="Peter" data-scaytid="21">Peter</span> Higgins Law may be able to help you, and ensure that your rights are protected at all stages of your <span data-scayt_word="FELA" data-scaytid="18">FELA</span> claim.</li></ul><p>Trains and railways have served as a primary form of transportation for the last hundred years. With the extent of rail service accidents are bound to happen. If you or a loved one has been a victim of a railroad injury please take note of your <span data-scayt_word="FELA" data-scaytid="22">FELA</span> and employee rights. The professional attorneys at <span data-scayt_word="Peter" data-scaytid="23">Peter</span> Higgins Law may be able to help you with your claim.</p></div> Thu, 26 Jun 2014 18:16:06 +0000 duoadmin 332 at https://www.peterhigginslaw.com What To Do if You’re Involved in a Bicycle-Car Accident https://www.peterhigginslaw.com/blog/20110919/bicycle-car-accidents <span>What To Do if You’re Involved in a Bicycle-Car Accident</span> <span><span lang="" about="/users/admin" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">duoadmin</span></span> <span>Mon, 09/19/2011 - 15:30</span> <div class="field field-field-category field-label-hidden field-items"> <div class="field-item">Auto Accident</div> </div> <div class="field field-body field-label-hidden field-item"><p> </p> <p>As an “approved” attorney on the <a href="http://activetrans.org/">Active Transportation Alliance’s</a> (“ATA”) referral list, I get phone calls all the time from people who were involved in “minor” bicycle vs. car accidents asking me what they should do. The most common questions are whether they should contact the police or get checked out by a doctor, even when they weren’t hurt that badly or if there wasn’t a lot of damage to their bike. The answers are always “yes” and “yes”.</p> <p>Bicycle-car accidents are one of those “better safe than sorry” situations. Even when it seems like there’s not a lot of damage or personal injury, it’s always better to (1) immediately report the accident to the police, and (2) get checked out by the ER or your family doctor because you never know if a “minor” injury can progress into something serious.</p> <p>It’s also a good idea to call a lawyer experienced in personal injury cases, preferably one who has handled bicycle-crash cases. It’s a free consultation that will give you good information about your options. Contact a group like the ATA and ask them for a reference. The ATA utilizes a demanding screening process and requires approved <a href="/practice-areas/personal-injury-lawyers">personal injury lawyers</a> to meet certain requirements in the number of cases they have tried and litigated involving bicycle and pedestrian crash victims. If you have other questions about bicycle-car accidents, <a href="/contact">contact our Chicago law firm</a> to speak with one of our experienced personal injury attorneys.</p></div> Mon, 19 Sep 2011 15:30:25 +0000 duoadmin 237 at https://www.peterhigginslaw.com