By Bob Mionske
Posted Jan. 2, 2003
Legally Speaking – with Bob Mionske
Dear Bob,(I am a bicycle messenger in Chicago. Last year I was injured while making a delivery (I fell while riding). How long do I have to sue for workers compensation and can I sue my employer as well?(
D. S.(Chicago, Il
Dear D.S.,(You have three years from the date of the accident or two years from the date of the last payment of compensation to bring suit. You do not have a case against your employer for personal injury (negligence). Your claim against your employer is under the Illinois Worker Compensation Act. Under this law you may collect money for the time of work you missed because of the injury, your related medical expenses and compensation for any permanency of your injury.(
Bob Mionske is a former competitive cyclist who represented the U.S. at the 1988 Olympic games (where he finished fourth in the road race), the 1992 Olympics, as well as winning the 1990 National Championship Road Race.After retiring from racing in 1993 he coached the Saturn Professional Cycling team for one year before heading off to law school. Mionske’s practice is now split between personal injury work, representing professional athletes as an agent and other legal issues facing endurance athletes (traffic violations, contract, criminal charges, intellectual property etc).If you have a cycling related legal question please send it to email@example.com. Bob will answer as many of these questions privately as he can. He will also select a few questions each week to answer on VeloNews.com. General bicycle accident advice can be found at bicyclelaw2.wpengine.com.
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This article, Quicksilver Down, was originally published on VeloNews on January 2, 2003.