Earlier this week we reported on a new Levin & Perconti lawsuits filed on behalf of a man who was severely injured by a Chicago city worker. Stephen Dewart was one of eight people hit by the Chicago public employee who careened a city owned Streets and Sanitation truck onto a sidewalk in the Gold Coast.
As we previously explained, the reckless driver was later found to be intoxicated at the time of the accident. He had a blood alcohol level well over the legal limit and an open bottle and brandy was found in his truck.
The accident has rightly caused considerably outrage within the city as residents question how such egregious conduct could have occurred without being caught by city officials. As our Chicago truck accident attorney Steve Levin explained it was hoped that this lawsuit, “will prompt the City to create more effective drug and alcohol screening processes for employees, especially those operating large vehicles and heavy machinery.”
According to the Chicago Sun-Times, the same idea has apparently been grasped by several powerful city officials. Aldermen Edward Burke and Pat O’Connor recently proposed new rules which would require all city employees to be subject to random drug and alcohol testing. The goal is that this crackdown would minimize errors in judgment by city officials that result in harm to others-like the egregious conduct in the Gold Coast accident.
Interestingly, the aldermen also believe that the new rules would limit workers compensation claims filed by city employees for injuries they sustain on the job. Cited were statistics compiled by the National Institute of Drug Abuse which found that abusers of drugs and alcohol were five times more likely to file such compensation claims. Under current rules only police officers, firefighters, and commercial drivers are subject to these random drug tests.
Our Chicago injury lawyers at Levin & Perconti know from our representation of victims of egregious conduct by city employees that it is unacceptable for community members to be injured by the poor conduct of city workers. We support all measure that recognize the risks poses by dangerous employees and that work to make the community a safer place.
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