6 Steps to Take After a Bus Accident
How to Build a Successful Bus Accident Injury Claim
A bus may endure serious damages when they are involved in an accident. Due to the large size and passenger capacity of a bus, the chances of an injury are very likely. If a passenger is involved in a bus accident and suffered injuries because of it, they must:
- Check on others. If you are able to, check on those who were involved in the accident. Try to move yourself, along with others, to a safe area.
- Contact 911. The police will arrive at the scene of the accident and complete an official police report. Paramedics may also be present to treat those who need immediate medical attention. Make sure to ask the police for a copy of the report to use as a piece of evidence to use for your claim.
- Speak to witnesses. Look around your surroundings to see if there are any bystanders nearby. You should ask for their consent to acquire their contact information. Witness testimonies will help support your claim against the party at-fault for the accident.
- Gather evidence. Try to take pictures of your injuries, damages, location of where the incident took place, and road and weather conditions. You should also document everything that happened. Incorporate your perspective of the accident into your notes. Make sure to include the date and time of the accident, along with what happened before, during, and after the impact.
- Make a doctor’s appointment. Even if you suffered minor injuries, you should still get checked out by a medical professional to make sure you are okay. Your visit will be saved on file and can be used as evidence to include in your claim.
- Get help from a bus accident attorney. Get in touch with an attorney that has background experience with handling bus accident cases. They will help you by providing legal advice on what you should do to make sure you get the compensation you deserve.
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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