Car accidents are traumatizing experiences. When you’re involved in a collision with a bus, however, they can also be confusing. Should you sue ETS? What about the bus driver? Was there another driver who contributed to the accident? Deciding how to proceed can be overwhelming for accident victims and their families.
James H. Brown and Associates have been helping injured Albertans stand up for their rights since 1993. Today, we have an unrivalled record of success in helping accident victims and their families receive complete, fair compensation for their injuries. Read on to learn more about what you should do if you’re injured in an accident involving public transit and how James H. Brown and Associates can help from start to finish.
1. Seek Medical Attention
Above all else, your health is the most important thing. After you or a loved one has been injured in a bus accident, it is absolutely critical to get medical attention right away.
Even if your injuries look and feel “minor,” it is still essential to see a doctor or other healthcare provider as soon as possible. For starters, you may have suffered a severe injury that requires immediate attention, even if you aren’t in a great deal of physical pain. Second, many insurance companies have challenged the severity of accident victims’ injuries if they didn’t take an ambulance or immediately seek treatment. In some cases, they may even try to argue that your injuries are entirely made-up! Don’t let them make this argument when you pursue a settlement.
While in care, be sure to describe your injuries in as much detail as you can. Your care provider will be documenting your injuries in their records, which will likely be used to evaluate your damages during the claims process. No detail is too small; the more documentation available on the injury, the easier it will be to build a strong case.
After you’re released, make sure you follow up on any diagnostic tests and other requirements for your treatment. X-rays, MRIs, CT scans, and other tests allow doctors (and your legal team) to thoroughly understand and document your injuries. Again, the more accurately your injuries are diagnosed, the easier it will be to prove that the accident caused them.
2. Document Damages
Although your doctor will document your physical injuries, you should still keep track of any expenses, changes, or other damages caused by your accident.
Damages can be anything from lost days of work, out-of-pocket medical expenses, physical or emotional suffering, and more. Serious accident claims can take a long time to be settled; instead of relying on memory, keep receipts and a detailed record of your damages throughout the recovery process. Once again, no detail is too insignificant; the more information you have, the stronger your case will become, and the more likely you are to receive complete, fair compensation for your injuries.
3. Seek Legal Representation
As soon as the City learns of your accident, its representatives may contact you to attempt to obtain a statement. Never provide a third-party a statement about your accident without speaking with an injury lawyer first. When you seek compensation for your injuries later, the defendant’s legal team may look for information in your statement to discredit your claim.
Instead, contact an injury lawyer as soon as possible after your accident. Whereas you can never be sure why a third party wants to discuss your injuries, an injury lawyer has a professional responsibility to you and your family to give the best legal advice they can. Coming to an experienced legal team with a well-documented case is your best bet for receiving justice and the compensation you deserve for your injuries.
James H. Brown and Associates: Alberta’s Injury Lawyers
James H. Brown and Associates has over 250 years of combined experience advocating for accident victims and their families. Our award-winning injury lawyers know firsthand what it’s like to be seriously injured and are ready to fight for the complete, fair compensation you and your family deserve.
Our experience has shown that no two accidents are the same; that’s why we offer a complete range of services and support for our clients, including:
- A proven team of injury lawyers with an unrivalled record of success.
- Complete accident investigation services, including accident reconstruction, evidence preservation, analysis, and more.
- Access to medical and vocational professionals to fully diagnose your injuries, understand long-term consequences, and provide supporting documentation for your case.
- Strong relationships with community organizations dedicated to rehabilitation and recovery.
- And much more!