Crossing guards put their well being and their lives on the line every day. They play an important role in keeping students and others safe when they get out of school and walk home. The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health reports that around 10 crossing guards die each year. Given the short amount of time they are on the job, this makes the job of a crossing guard on of the most dangerous professions in the U.S.
Crossing Guard Struck in Port Richmond
A 61-year-old woman was hit while on crossing guard duty Tuesday, January 28, 2020. According to police at the scene, the driver of a red Nissan Versa ran a red light, struck an SUV and then hit the crossing guard in the middle of an intersection.
The accident happened at Cedar St & E Allegheny Ave, and the driver of the Versa was taken into custody. The crossing guard was taken to a local hospital and there were no other injuries.
Can a Crossing Guard Sue for Compensation?
Crossing guards are usually either employees or volunteers. If they are an employee, they can seek worker’s compensation benefits from their employer, and if they are a volunteer, then they are ineligible for worker’s compensation benefits.
However, either way, the guard is usually able to sue the person for compensation for their injuries. If they were employed as a crossing guard, then they might have to pay back some of all of the WC benefits paid for the injury.
Crossing Guard Injuries
Crossing guards are vulnerable as they are out in the street or on the sidewalk and usually on busy streets. All it takes is a moment of inattention by one driver, and they can be injured. Given their lack of protection, there are certain injuries common to crossing guard accidents, they are:
- Blunt Force Trauma
- Traumatic Brain Injuries
- Broken Arms/Legs
- Shattered Wrists
- Chest Compressions
- Spinal Cord Injuries
- Internal Injuries/Bleeding
- Airbag injuries
If you’ve been injured while working or volunteering as a crossing guard. You should talk to an attorney right away so you can make an informed decision.
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