5 Common Bus Accident Injuries
Physical Injuries From Bus Accidents
Individuals may suffer different types of injuries after being in a bus accident. These include the following.
- Whiplash and neck injuries. This occurs when damage is done to the soft tissues of the neck. It is typically caused by an abrupt collision. It can take several days for whiplash symptoms to become noticeable.
Common symptoms of pain include:
- Neck pain,
- Blurred vision,
- Burning sensation,
- Lack of concentration,
- Trouble sleeping, or
- Arm, back, or shoulder pain.
- Spinal cord injury. This typically happens when the bus driver and/or passengers are ejected from the vehicle and forcefully land on the asphalt on their backs. There are three different parts of your spinal cord, which are the lumbar spine, thoracic spine, and cervical spine. An individual can suffer various forms of pain depending on which part of the spine was primarily affected in an accident.
- Thoracic or Lumbar spine injury. When either part of the spine is damaged, it can affect your legs, torso, sexual function, and bowel and bladder control.
- Cervical spine injury. The same areas affected in your thoracic or lumbar spine after an injury can also occur when damaging your cervical spine. Furthermore, individual’s may also experience difficulty breathing and properly functioning their arms.
Common symptoms of a spinal cord injury include:
- Weakness in the muscles,
- Muscle spasms,
- Difficulty breathing,
- Digestive issues, or
- Stinging sensation.
- Head injury. A head injury can occur when the driver and passengers are violently swinging inside the bus during the collision. The individuals could likely slam their heads onto other objects nearby, such as a bus seat or window.
Symptoms of head injury are:
- Slurred speech,
- Sensitivity to light or sound,
- Blurred vision,
- Memory issues,
- Mood swings,
- Clear fluids that drain from the nose or ears,
- Numbness in the fingers or toes, or
- Change in eating habits.
Symptoms may persist for a few weeks or months. It depends on the severity of the injury.
- Broken bones. An intense collision can cause the driver and passengers to be aggressively thrown around in the vehicle. These individuals can suffer fractured bones if they make contact with the front seat or windows nearby.
Symptoms for broken bones include:
- Intense pain in the injured area,
- Inability to function the injured area,
- Swelling or bruising, or
- Bone is sticking out of the skin.
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.
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 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 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
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 percent 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.
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