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Common Bus Accident Injuries In California


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Individuals may suffer different types of injuries after being in a bus accident. These include:

Whiplash and neck injuries.


This occurs when damage is done to the soft tissues of the neck. It is commonly experienced due to an abrupt collision. It generally takes several days for whiplash symptoms to become noticeable.
Common symptoms of pain include:

  • Neck pain,
  • Swelling,
  • Headache,
  • Dizziness,
  • Blurred vision,
  • Burning sensation,
  • Lack of concentration,
  • Trouble sleeping, or
  • Arm, back, or shoulder pain.

Spinal cord injury


This injury could result when the bus driver or passengers are ejected from the vehicle and forcefully slam into the asphalt on their backs. There are three different parts of your spinal cord, which are the lumbar spine, thoracic spine, and the cervical spine. If the individual suffers an injury on their spine, especially in the cervical spine, paralysis or death are highly likely to occur. Common symptoms of a spinal cord injury include:

  • Weakness in the muscles,
  • Muscle spasms,
  • Numbness,
  • Difficulty breathing,
  • Tingling,
  • Digestive issues, or
  • Stinging sensation.

Head injury


Bus accidents may cause a forceful impact to the head. The passengers could slam their heads on the front seat or the window. Symptoms of head injury are:

  • Headache,
  • Nausea,
  • Vomiting,
  • Fatigue,
  • Slurred speech,
  • Dizziness,
  • Sensitivity to light or sound,
  • Blurred vision,
  • Memory issues,
  • Mood swings,
  • Unconsciousness,
  • Seizures,
  • Clear fluids that drain from the nose or ears,
  • Numbness in the fingers or toes, or
  • Change in eating habits.

Symptoms may persist from a few weeks to a few months. It depends on the severity of the injury.

Broken bones.


An intense collision may result in the driver and passengers aggressively being thrown from their seats. Depending on how strong of an impact these individuals experience with the objects around them, they could potentially sustain broken bones. Symptoms for broken bones are:

  • Intense pain in the injured area,
  • Incapable of properly functioning in the injured area,
  • Swelling or bruising, or
  • Bone is sticking out of the skin.

Depending on the severity of the injury, it generally takes about 6 to 8 weeks for the bone(s) to heal.

Cuts and bruises


Glass windows may shatter during a bus accident. The bus driver and the passengers could sustain cuts if they get into contact with the window or if the window shatters over them. Bruises are also likely to happen. Individuals could slam into other seats or against the windows, thus resulting in noticeable bruises.

Available Damages


Accidents happen. If you were injured as a result of someone else’s negligence, you may be entitled to compensation for your losses. Below is a brief explanation of damages. Damages are a type of monetary award that is determined by a court of law to help compensate an aggrieved individual for any losses or injuries sustained as a result of someone’s negligence.

Economic Damages
Economic damages are intended to compensate a plaintiff for losses that a dollar amount can readily be attached to. Economic damages are calculated by determining the amount of out of pocket losses an aggrieved individual has or will expect to incur as a result of their injuries. A few examples of economic losses include:

  • Loss of Earning Capacity
  • Medical Bills
  • Lost Wages

Non-Economic Damages
Non-economic damages are essentially intended to cover losses that are thought of as subjective and will not necessarily cover out of pocket losses. Non-economic damages may include compensation for:

  • Emotional Distress
  • Pain And Suffering
  • Loss Of Enjoyment Of Life
  • More

Punitive Damages
The third type of damages a California court may award are known as punitive damages. Punitive damages are intended as punishment and are only awarded when a defendant’s behavior is especially harmful. Punitive damages are relatively rare and in fact were only incorporated in 5% of all verdicts.

Furthermore, there is no real set standard for calculating and awarding punitive damages. Punitive damages are awarded at the court’s discretion and will vary depending on the specific circumstances of a case.

Limitations For Damages In California
For the most part, there is no real cap on compensatory damages following a personal injury claim. This means that courts are able to award any amount they feel is appropriate and reasonable.
However, the only exception is regarding medical malpractice cases. In these cases, the limit for pain and suffering and other non-economic losses is $250,000.

West Coast Trial Lawyers Is Here To Help
If you were a victim of a bus accident injury and want to sue the individual at fault for causing the accident, West Coast Trial Lawyers will get you the maximum compensation you deserve. Our experienced bus accident attorneys will help you get financial and emotional compensation for the damages you suffered. This includes medical expenses, lost wages, property damage, emotional distress, and pain and suffering. There are no financial risks involved when you use our services. We offer a free, no-obligation consultation with the attorneys at our firm. No fees are charged until we win your case. Reach out to our friendly legal team 24/7 by calling (213) 927-3700 or emailing [email protected].

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