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Injured workers are entitled to workers' compensation benefits

A spokesperson for the Transport Workers Union reported some of the details of a recent New York accident that involved an MTA bus. These are the types of incidents that could not only cause serious harm to passengers and property, but they can also lead to critically injured workers. Fortunately, this incident that occurred in the early morning hours of a recent Tuesday involved no passengers.

Reportedly, an MTA bus driver with 12 years of experience was hospitalized in a critical condition. The incident apparently happened when the driver parked the bus in Queens because he needed a bathroom break. However, after exiting, he noticed the bus starting to roll backward toward the gates of a nearby cemetery. He could not stop the bus by reaching through the driver's window and ran around to try entering the cab through the passenger side door.

He failed in his attempt to get in and became crushed between a pole and the door of the bus. Another bus driver saw the unfolding catastrophe and managed to get into the bus to pull the brake to secure the bus. The injured driver was unconscious when he was admitted to the hospital, but his condition was reported as stable.

A thorough investigation will likely reveal the reason for the bus rolling backward. However, regardless of who was at fault in a workplace accident, injured workers are entitled to pursue financial assistance with medical expenses and lost income. Benefits can be claimed from the New York workers' compensation insurance program, and the support and guidance of an experienced attorney are available.

Source: CBS New York, "Bus Driver Critical After Bus Rolls Into Cemetery Gates", Aug. 29, 2017

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