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Falling beam injures man, lawsuit filed in Cook County

Taking the trains in Chicago shouldn't come with a risk of getting seriously hurt. People who use the Chicago Transit Authority trains and those who walk near the lines have a right to expect that the platforms, tracks, trains and other items near them will be properly maintained. There are instances in which that expectation isn't met. When the expectation isn't met, commuters and pedestrians can be injured. This fact is the subject of a lawsuit filed against the CTA on Aug. 11.

A man claims that he was walking under elevated tracks that were being maintained by the CTA on Sept. 7 of last year. He says that a beam fell from the tracks above him. The man was severely injured by the falling beam.

The lawsuit, which was filed in the Cook County Circuit Court, is seeking damages for negligence, construction negligence and premises liability. It is easy to see why the man would have opted to seek compensation. He was hit by a beam falling from an elevated track when he was just going about his business. The man shouldn't have had to deal with injuries because of the actions or inactions of someone else.

Anyone who is harmed because of the negligence of a property owner or property owner's representative might opt to try to get financial compensation for those injuries. If compensation is awarded for the complaint, it might take some stress of you since you will be able to use the award for paying medical bills and other expenses that you have incurred as a result of the accident.

Source: The Cook County Record, "Beam fell from CTA track near Halsted Street and hit pedestrian, suit alleges" Annie Cosby, Aug. 21, 2014

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