New Jersey Bus Accident Attorneys
Every day, thousands of New Jersey residents climb onboard buses across the state to take them to work, to run errands, or to see friends. Though traveling in such a large vehicle seems much safer than traveling in a car, bus passengers are still susceptible to serious injuries if they are involved in an accident while traveling on a bus.
If you are a bus passenger who is injured during a bus accident, what steps should you take to protect your legal rights?
Always Consent To Medical Treatment
First, even if you do not think you are seriously injured in the bus accident, allow first responders to check you and treat you if necessary. If there are no first responders at the scene of the accident, go to the emergency room or an urgent care facility. Many serious injuries are not immediately apparent after an accident.
Speak With An Experienced New Jersey Personal Injury Attorney
As soon as you are able, you should consult with an experienced New Jersey personal injury attorney to discuss the accident and how it has affected you.
Bus accident claims may be complicated, depending on what entity owns the bus that was involved in the accident. For example, if a public entity owned the bus and that bus driver was negligent, the claim must proceed under a different set of laws called the New Jersey Tort Claims Act. If the bus was owned by a private entity, the claim moves forward as it would against a private citizen. At Lomurro Law, our New Jersey bus accident attorneys identify all defendants in your case and determine how claims should proceed against them.
Save All Medical Records And Keep Notes
For every medical appointment you have, save a copy of your medical records and forward those to your attorney. Take notes as to what the doctor tells you and inform your attorney as well. It is important to keep your attorney well informed of your medical treatment, as this impacts how much compensation you may be eligible for in your case.
Stay In Touch With Your Attorney
One of the most important factors in a good attorney-client relationship is strong communication. Make sure to provide all documentation your attorney asks for and respond to emails, letters, and phone calls as soon as possible.
Similarly, always be honest with your attorney. If you need to disclose something you think is bad for your case, go ahead and do so as soon as possible. Chances are, it is not as bad as you think, or it is something our attorneys are easily able to address.
Compensation In A New Jersey Bus Accident Claim
Depending on the facts and circumstances of your case, you may be entitled to several types of damages after your bus accident claim. These damages may include:
- Medical expenses, including the cost of future medical care
- Lost wages
- Loss of employment benefits
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional distress
- Loss of consortium
- Home expenses, such as installing wheelchair ramps, chair lifts or handrails
- If a death has occurred, funeral and burial expenses may be claimed. In addition, the lost future earning capacity of the deceased may also be claimed.