Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) And Workers Compensation


The Chicago Transit Authority, provides public transportation service to all of Chicago and 35 suburbs. The CTA operates over 1700 buses and approximately 1200 rail cars. Each day, CTA buses travel over 145,000 miles and over 177,00 rail miles. Each of these buses and trains are operated by over 9,000 Chicago Transit Authority employees. Being a bus and train operator can be a dangerous job. From congested streets, to inclement weather to dealing with difficult passengers…all of these issues pose a unique threat to the physical well-being of a CTA operator.

So what happens when a CTA employee is injured in an accident at work? They are thrown into an adversarial system and forced to deal with CTA adjusters whose sole responsibility is to limit the amount of benefits they receive under the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Act. By sending them to the company doctor, placing them in the “Sick Book” instead of “injured on duty (IOD”) or just simply withholding their lost wage benefits, the Chicago Transit Authority makes it difficult for the CTA employee to exercise their right to receive Illinois Workers’ Compensation benefits.

For over 40 years, Donald W. Fohrman & Associates, Ltd., has been representing Chicago Transit Authority workers who have been injured on-the-job. We understand the difficulties an injured CTA employee has when dealing with CTA company adjusters and their company doctors. We have extensive experience in dealing with the CTA and can guide them through the legal and practical problems associated with dealing with the Chicago Transit Authority.

In addition to representing CTA bus and rail operators, we have represented CTA bus and rail mechanics, CTA linemen, CTA heavy equipment operators and all Pace employees.

If you are a CTA employee and you have been injured-on-the job, contact our office at 800-437-2571 for a free, confidential, no obligation consultation or use the Free Case Evaluation form on our web site. We will fight to get you the benefits you deserve and ensure that your rights are protected under the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Act.

Dear valued clients:

Our office is aware of the Covid 19 situation and is taking measures to keep our staff safe during these difficult times. For the immediate future, we will not be meeting in person with any of our clients. However, all of our clients can reach us by telephone, email at or by facsimile at 630-451-9477. Our office remains open and we will continue our work as usual. We feel this is best for everyone concerned.

If you have recently suffered an injury from a work related accident and would like to retain our services, the entire process can be done by telephone, electronic and/or regular mail. We have operators available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Please feel free to contact us anytime at 312-661-0450 and speak with one of our experienced and knowledgeable attorneys. Once this is has passed, we will gladly meet with you in person to answer any questions or address any concerns you may have.

Thank you for your patience and consideration. Be safe and stay healthy!


Donald Fohrman
Donald W. Fohrman & Associates, Ltd.