Are you considering starting a bus accident case and have questions? Read this article for guidance, then give our Tampa Bay office a call to get started.
Filing a Bus Accident Claim
You may be asking yourself, “What are the steps that we need to take to file a bus accident claim?” We’ve got to do our investigation like we would do any investigation. You need to get your medical care and treatment which is first and foremost and you need to make sure that you’re following all the steps of your doctors. We need to be going out there and getting photographs of the vehicles, preserving evidence of the scene of the accident, and conferring with the entity that owns the bus company to make sure that if there’s any video on the bus that’s being preserved. If there is a vehicle black box, or event data recorder, we need to make sure that our letters go out to that company to make sure that electronic information is being preserved.
Those are all the steps that we’re going to take initially. Once we understand the dynamics of what happened, and we understand who failed to use reasonable care under the circumstances in causing that accident to occur, then from there we’re going to be putting your medical information together in a comprehensive demand to the at-fault party and their insurance company to ensure that you indeed receive your full and fair compensation.
Bus Accident Insurance Investigation
You may be wondering whether it is okay, after a bus accident, to talk to the insurance company or the attorney who was representing the entity that operated the bus. The answer is, without exception, absolutely not. You do not want to talk to an insurance company or the attorney for the other side. They are not your friend. They have one goal, and that is to settle the claim as quickly as possible for the least amount of money.
The best thing that you can do is get medical attention. Number two, make sure that everybody that you come in contact with knows that you were involved in that bus accident; not just the law enforcement, but the EMT, and the bus driver. Number three, do not delay getting an experienced trial advocate who can help you prosecute that claim.
Bus Accident Case Value
When you are injured in a bus accident, you may be wondering how we determine the value of your claim. We’re going to prosecute your claim to the fullest extent of the law and that the value would depend on what your losses were and what they will be. That would include past medical expenses, future medical expenses, past lost wages, future lost wages, and of course, any pain and suffering from the time of the accident that you may have to endure the rest of your life.
That’s how we assess the value. It’s different for every client of ours. Each case is unique. They have different expectations for the happiness that they want to achieve in their lives, and to the extent that an injury affects it even a little bit of it, it can affect the value of a claim. That’s how we determine the value. It’s all about getting a full understanding of our client in every way in which that accident and that injury has affected them.
Bus Accident Settlement Timeline
You may be hoping to ask, “How long is this whole process going to take for me to get this claim resolved?” The short answer is it is entirely up to you, but if you want to get the best possible results, then we’re going to take as long as we need to. You’ve been injured in a bus accident and you are just now starting to appreciate what’s happened to you. What you think has happened to you today may be completely different from what you realize has happened to you six months from now or a year from now. The doctors are not going to know until they’ve had an opportunity to fully examine you, to treat you, to see how you respond to that treatment, and to see what your future medical needs may be.
Those are the critical parts of your claim that we’re going to take our time with to make sure that are fully understood before we determine the value of the claim. Determining the value cannot be figured out today. It’s going to take time for your medical case to develop. Over time, once it develops and we have relatively good confidence that we understand the full extent of your injuries and how they’ll affect you the rest of your life, only then will we be in a position to resolve your claim or be in the process to resolve your claim.
Were you or a loved one seriously injured in a crash in Florida and have questions about starting a bus accident case?
Contact our dedicated Tampa Bay bus accident attorneys at Perenich Law Injury Attorneys today for a free confidential consultation and case evaluation.
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