Do I need an attorney to bring a case involving a bus accident?
By GNGF on January 23rd, 2023 in
It is important to understand that a bus accident is much different than a “normal” car accident. Buses are governed by federal safety laws called the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations or the FMCSRs. A good personal injury lawyer will understand these laws and use them to help you get the best possible outcome for your bus accident. Hiring the right bus lawyer may be the single most important decision that you make following your bus accident.
Without experienced assistance from a bus accident lawyer, bus accident victims may not be prepared to deal with handling the claims process. Large bus companies are likely to spend whatever it takes, going to significant lengths to protect their company. This means paying out as little as possible to victims. While you and your family are just beginning to recover from the bus accident, the bus company will have a full team of representatives building their defense, attempting to show you were at fault rather than the bus driver or bus company, and even potentially destroying crucial evidence.
Because of this, you also need your own team of accident attorneys and their resources by your side from the very beginning. You need zealous personal injury attorneys who will go to the scene of the bus collision, preserve all relevant evidence, and always protect your rights and your future. Your bus accident lawyer will review all the facts of your bus collision, with the goal of definitively showing who was liable for your accident.
Once that liability has been established, your attorney will comprehensively review your injuries, calculating what your injuries are worth and how long you can expect to need treatment for those injuries. After calculating your medical expenses, your lost wages and future lost wages, and your pain and suffering damages, your attorney will make a demand on the liable party, then will negotiate for a full, fair settlement. Having a strong bus accident attorney who knows the laws related to bus crashes can make all the difference in the outcome of your bus accident claim.
What damages am I allowed to recover in a bus accident?
If you are injured in a bus accident, you are entitled to recover all of your past and future medical bills, lost wages, pain, suffering, mental anguish, physical impairment, disfigurement, and other legally recognizable harms and losses. If the bus company and its insurer are not willing to fairly pay you in a settlement, the dedicated team at Harmonson Law Firm is ready, willing, and able to take your case to trial.
Medical expenses and lost wages fall under economic damages because a specific financial number can be attached to them. Medical expenses include ambulance costs, surgical and hospital costs, physician expenses, the cost of prescription drugs, rehabilitative therapies, and even assistive devices necessary following your accident. Pain and suffering damages are considered non-economic damages because they are much more difficult to quantify.
As an example, you may be in constant physical pain following your accident, yet you are the only one who knows just how bad the pain really is. Your attorney may ask you to document your physical pain, noting all the ways it prevents you from engaging in your normal daily activities, both work-related and non-work-related. Emotional pain and trauma may need to be documented in the same way, with you documenting how your emotional pain and trauma from the bus accident have diminished your quality of life.
How the Harmonson Law Firm with Offices in El Paso, TX and Las Cruces, NM Can Help
Being involved in a bus accident is a traumatic experience for anyone. You may have sustained serious injuries that have prevented you from working or returning to your normal life. Perhaps you will never be able to have the life you had prior to the bus accident. It’s easy to see why you would feel overwhelmed, perhaps unsure of what you need to do. An attorney from Harmonson Law Firm can help you during this difficult time.
We will not only help you get the medical treatments you need, but we will also give you the time you need to heal while we focus on getting you a fair settlement that will fully cover all your damages. At Harmonson Law Firm we understand that you have choices when selecting a personal injury firm. We believe that once you have spoken with attorneys Clark Harmonson and Hadley Huchton, you will see why we are the right firm for you. When you work with Harmonson Law Firm, you will receive the personal attention you deserve. Contact Harmonson Law Firm today for help following your bus accident. Please note that nothing herein is meant as legal advice specifically related to your case.