School Bus Accidents Can Lead to Painful Injuries
When you place your child on a school bus each morning, you trust that the bus driver will get your son or daughter to school and back safely, without any incidents. Unfortunately, school bus accidents are more common than we would like to think, and they can be a terrifying experience for both parents and children alike.
With more than 65 years of collective experience handling personal injury cases, the attorneys at Hirsch & Lyon P.L.L.C. know far too well just how traumatic a school bus accident can be. These types of events typically occur when a bus driver stops short and a child suffers an injury from hitting into the seat in front. While dental injuries are the most common injuries we see at our firm, head injuries, as well as numerous soft tissue injuries can occur when a school bus accident takes place.
Recovering Damages in a Bus Accident can be Complicated
When the bus driver is at fault for the accident, recovering damages can be a very challenging process. The bus driver is generally employed by a school district, which under Arizona law is classified as a “public entity.” In Arizona, claims filed against public entities must meet difficult legal requirements and strict time limits. If you fail to comply with these requirements and time limitations, your claim may be barred or lost. For instance, Arizona law requires the plaintiff to serve a notice of claim upon the public entity. The failure to timely serve notice on the school district will prevent you from recovering compensation in your case. Because the process can be long and complicated, it is always best to discuss your case with an experienced Phoenix injury lawyer to make sure you are taking the right steps to preserve your claim.
What You Need to Do When a Bus Accident Happens
One of the most important things you can do when your child is hurt in a school bus accident is to have your child examined by a doctor immediately after the accident occurs. Proper medical care and treatment is not only essential in helping your child recover from his or her injuries, it also serves as critical documentation of the injuries your child sustained in the accident. Medical records are an absolutely essential part of your claim and are key to obtaining fair and full compensation for the injuries your child has sustained.
Talk with an Experienced and Respected Phoenix Injury Lawyer
If your child has been hurt in a school bus accident, it is extremely important to speak with a qualified personal injury attorney as soon as possible. These cases can be complicated, and a skilled attorney can ensure you are complying with all requirements set forth under Arizona law. The legal team at Hirsch & Lyon Accident Law offers free consultations where we will review your case and advise you as to what options may be available to you and your child. You can reach our law offices today to schedule an appointment by calling 602-535-1900.