Whether you were involved in a bus accident in Anaheim as a driver, a car passenger, a bus passenger, or a pedestrian, you could be entitled to a settlement from the liable party that caused the crash.
By hiring an Anaheim bus accident lawyer from our firm, you gain a compassionate partner with the drive and experience to manage your case from start to finish. We can identify the at-fault parties and negotiate with their insurers on your behalf for fair compensation.
Bus Accident Compensation
According to California law (CIV § 1431.2), personal injury victims may sue another party for both economic and non-economic damages. These terms are defined as follows:
The law cited above defines non-economic damages as “subjective, non-monetary losses.” This means you could seek reimbursement for items such as:
- Physical suffering: If you sustained physically painful injuries, are temporarily or permanently disabled, or have scar tissue, you could be eligible for compensation.
- Emotional pain: This includes the trauma of surviving an accident or being seriously injured, as well as any diagnosed mental illness and the grief that comes with knowing your life will never be the same.
- Loss of consortium: This category is for those whose relationships with loved ones have changed. For example, perhaps you cannot spend as much time with your children, or you cannot be emotionally or sexually present for your spouse.
To get compensation for non-economic damages, you would first have to assign a monetary value to your physical and emotional suffering. As the law states, these damages are “subjective,” so accurately estimating such an amount can be difficult.
An Anaheim bus accident lawyer from Greenberg Gross would be happy to help you collect enough evidence to come up with a fair amount. Then we can justify that amount to the liable party’s insurance company.
Economic damages are “objectively verifiable monetary losses” stemming from:
- Inability to work: Whether you had to take a few days off or will never be able to work again, the liable party should pay for the income and job benefits you missed out on (or will miss out on) because of their negligence.
- Medical expenses: You can include any treatment connected with the accident—from ambulance rides and hospital stays to medication and therapy—in your lawsuit.
- Property damage: Most often, this refers to the damage or destruction of a motor vehicle. However, you could seek reimbursement for any valuable personal possession that you lost in the accident.
Proving you deserve economic damages may be simpler than dealing with non-economic damages. You can show the insurance company your bills, receipts, pay stubs, and other such documents to establish the amount of money you have lost.
Our Bus Accident Lawyers Want to Help
Our team consists of lawyers and legal experts who can guide you through the legal process. Everyone’s case is different, but you can expect your lawsuit to follow this general outline:
Launching an Investigation
Many different parties—including the police and everyone’s insurance companies—will be looking into how your bus accident happened. None of them, however, have any incentive to find evidence specifically to strengthen your case.
That is where we can come in. As your legal representative, Greenberg Gross can investigate your case by:
- Visiting the location where the accident happened
- Reviewing news footage, surveillance footage, and other audiovisual evidence of the collision.
- Reviewing the report and evidence filed by the police.
- Going over your medical records.
- Asking the bus company for their inspection reports, the bus’s history, and the driver’s employee records.
- Talking with experts who can elaborate on a particular aspect of your case and witnesses who saw at least part of what happened.
In doing so, we can look for information that strengthens your lawsuit and could compel the at-fault party’s insurance company to pay what you are asking for as quickly as possible. This includes proof of the:
- The severity of your injuries
- Liable party’s negligence and involvement in the accident
- Financial costs associated with the accident
Fighting for Compensation
There may be multiple ways you can seek damages after a bus crash. The fastest is likely to be negotiating a settlement, but this is not an option in all cases. You also have the right to take your case to court and pursue a jury award instead.
Our team can tell you which of these two options is most likely to yield a positive result for you. We can then:
- Send a demand letter to the at-fault party’s insurance company, asking for an appropriate settlement.
- Meet with the insurer to negotiate the settlement you deserve.
- Draw up the settlement agreement for you to sign.
- If our efforts to settle your case are unsuccessful, we will prepare to take your case to trial by scheduling trial dates, selecting jury members and witnesses, and submitting evidence.
- Speak in court on your behalf and explain to the jury why you deserve compensation.
Protecting Your Rights
While California law gives accident survivors the right to compensation, there are all too many ways for someone else to rob you of that right—or for you to inadvertently give up that right through a well-meaning but risky action. Greenberg Gross can protect your rights by:
- Explaining how the law applies to your case and what responsibilities you have to fulfill before you can receive damages.
- Advising you of actions the insurance company may take to diminish your settlement, such as asking for a recorded statement or accusing you of causing your injuries.
- Talking to the insurance company and other parties on your behalf at all times.
- Telling you if any of the insurer’s settlement offers are fair and, if not, negotiating for more.
Get Help from Our Lawyers Today
Greenberg Gross wants all bus accident survivors to know that they are not alone—and if someone else caused their accident in Anaheim, they have a legal right to compensation.
Contact our office today to learn more about what our lawyers can do for you. Members of our team are standing by to evaluate your case for free.