While buses are a convenient, cost-saving mode of transportation for many, they can cause serious damage and injuries when involved in an accident. Additionally, because there are so many parties involved in bus accidents, you might have trouble identifying who is liable for your injuries.
A San Fernando Valley bus accident lawyer from our office can help you figure out what happened on the day of the crash. Armed with this knowledge, we can go to the at-fault party’s insurer and ask for a fair settlement, or file a lawsuit on your behalf.
Hiring Our Lawyers After a Bus Accident
Aside from seeking medical attention, you may decide that hiring a lawyer is one of the first things you do after surviving a bus accident in the San Fernando Valley. The attorneys at Greenberg Gross can make sure your case runs smoothly by completing all of the following tasks in a timely manner:
- Investigating the accident: We can collect evidence that shows how serious your injuries are, proves who the liable party is and how their actions harmed you, and support the amount of compensation you feel you deserve.
- Completing paperwork: Lawsuits often involve submitting forms to (and accepting paperwork from) many different sources. Our office can keep track of all of this for you.
- Communicating with others: In addition to keeping you updated, we can stay in touch with the at-fault party’s team and the court. We can then relay any information they want you to know and give them your responses.
- Seeking a settlement: Our attorneys are not afraid to meet face-to-face with the liable party’s insurer and negotiate for your settlement. In cases where this is not a feasible strategy, we can represent you in court instead.
Our firm has experience with various kinds of cases, so our lawyers can apply their experience to your case and fight to:
- Protect your rights;
- Win an appropriate amount of compensation;
- Seek justice for you and your family.
In addition, we make it a point to be there for our clients throughout their cases. If you ever have something new to report or are concerned about something, we encourage you to give us a call to get everything sorted out.
Bus Accident Damages You Could Recover
The general rule regarding personal injury damages is this: if you can find enough evidence to reasonably connect a loss or injury with the liable party’s actions, you can ask them to pay for that loss or injury.
This rule applies to all of the injury types you can sustain in a bus accident, including physical, mental, and emotional losses such as:
- Reduced quality of life: Your quality of life depends on being able to operate independently and without pain, engage in fun activities, and socialize with others. If the injuries affect your ability to do any of that, you can receive compensation.
- Pain and suffering: If the at-fault party had behaved lawfully and carefully, you never would have had to experience this type of physical and emotional anguish.
- Physical disability: Some disabilities are temporary, such as those stemming from a bone fracture. Others, such as amputation or paralysis, will permanently affect how you live your life. Both count as compensable injuries.
- Intellectual disability: If you suffered a traumatic brain injury (TBI), you could pursue compensation for the changes to your ability to control emotion, think logically, and function on your own.
Your settlement should also cover the financial toll of the accident, which could include:
- Medical expenses: Whether you had to see a doctor, a dentist, a surgeon, or any other medical professional, that treatment may be covered by any compensation you receive.
- Loss of wages: Some injuries can keep you out of work or force you to accept lighter work duty for days, weeks, or even months. You should not have to consider going back to work too early to support your family. Instead, you can sue for the income you have lost.
- Loss of earning capacity: This type of compensation can help those with permanent injuries who can never work as much as before. We can estimate how much you would have earned over your lifetime and ask the insurer for that amount.
- Repair costs: This may not apply to you if you were a bus passenger. If, however, your car was damaged in the accident, you could be reimbursed for the cost of getting it repaired or for renting a car.
Our bus accident attorneys know how to analyze cases like yours. We ensure that our clients ask for the right amount of compensation that covers both what they have already lost and what they may lose in the future.
Filing a Bus Accident Case on Time
CCP § 335.1 states that accident survivors (or the surviving family members of accident victims) may file a case at any time within two years of the accident date (or the date of the victim’s passing).
Two years may seem like a long time but this window is to give you sufficient time to:
- Get medical treatment for your injuries
- Hire an attorney to explain your rights and explain your legal options
- Begin to assess the total damage the accident has and will inflict
- “Catch your breath” and start picking up the pieces of your life after the accident
At the same time, those two years can pass very quickly when you are preoccupied with treating an injury, adjusting your life to accommodate your injuries, and figuring out how you will pay for treatment and other expenses.
The sooner you can contact Greenberg Gross about your case, the easier it may be to both meet the statute of limitations and to find evidence that supports your need for a settlement or jury award.
Call Us After a Bus Accident
If you are a bus accident survivor, help is available. Greenberg Gross can provide you with a lawyer who serves the San Fernando Valley and who can fight for as long and hard as necessary for the compensation you deserve.
Contact us today for a free, confidential case evaluation.