Climbing onto a passenger bus is something that tens of millions of American citizens do every day. People rely on buses to get them to and from work and school or to and from shopping centers where they purchase their groceries or clothing. Many people choose buses as their preferred mode of transportation for vacations or on short trips between major cities. Though we generally think of passenger buses as safe, the truth is that there are on average over 63,000 bus accidents every year, and about 14,000 people end up injured as a result. If you were injured in a passenger bus accident, then you may be entitled to compensation for any injuries that you suffered, but in order to get the compensation that you deserve, you need to make sure that you have the right legal representation. At The Igwe Firm, we are dedicated to getting justice for those who have been injured in passenger bus accidents, and we want you to know the five important steps to take so you can get the compensation that you deserve.
When a passenger bus is involved in an accident and passengers sustain injuries, those passengers may be entitled to compensation for the damages that they have suffered, but that compensation is not automatic. There are certain steps that you need to take in order to make sure that you can support your claim and get what you deserve. In order to do that, we advise our clients to follow these five steps:
- Hire an experienced personal injury attorney who has extensive experience in representing those who have been injured in passenger bus accidents.
- Make sure that you keep receipts and records for all of your medical expenses. No matter how insignificant an expense may seem, it all adds up. Start making notes from the time that the accident takes place, and keep all of your receipts in one place.
- If you need to miss work as a result of your injury, whether because you need to see a physician or because you are at home rehabilitating, keep track of how much you lose in wages.
- Keep a journal in which you jot down notes about how the injury that you have sustained has impacted your quality of life. Whether the outcome is that you are no longer able to do household chores, lift your grandchild, or enjoy the outdoor sports that you once did, all of these are important details that your attorney will want to be sure to include in your claim.
- Do not speak to the insurance company or any representative of the bus company. Refer all inquiries to your attorney, and do not sign any waivers or accept any settlement funds until you have fully discussed it with your attorney and they have told you that you should.
At The Igwe Firm, we are here to ensure that you are treated fairly, regardless of whether your case ends in a settlement or needs to go to trial. Call us today to learn more about how we can help.