You send your children off each day in the school bus, trusting that they will return home safely at the end of the day. Unfortunately, many children do not return home safely to their parents because they were injured or killed in a school bus accident. Even more children (and adults) sustain serious injuries or die after being hit by a school bus while walking or riding a bicycle.
School bus accidents pose some of the most complex legal challenges of any vehicle injury accident, because of the variety of ways our schools and school districts manage the transport of students. Consequently, you may struggle to identify the at-fault party (or parties).
In Fort Lauderdale, The Law Offices of Anidjar & Levine understand how frightening and confusing this issue can be, and how difficult it can be to find the best treatment and medical care for your child or loved one. Contact a school bus accident lawyer in Fort Lauderdale today at 1-800-747-3733 to schedule a no-cost consultation.
Why Is Having a School Bus Accident Lawyer Important?
When you work with a child injury lawyer at our firm to represent your family’s interests after a school bus accident, our legal team will protect your legal rights and fight tirelessly on your behalf to help you achieve the best possible outcome.
We will examine the evidence to identify the at-fault party or parties. We will assemble the documentation necessary to demonstrate negligence and to prove your damages.
We will submit your claim to the at-fault party’s insurance company and pursue a settlement by negotiating with claims adjusters and the insurer’s lawyers. We provide a layer of protection between you and the insurance company, to ensure that they do not rob you of your legal right to seek fair financial compensation. Call us at 1-800-747-3733.
We will also ensure that you or your loved one gets the best possible medical care and treatment. By hiring our personal injury lawyers to obtain the monies you will need to pay hospital bills, this will allow you to focus on the critical task of healing and recovery, whether for yourself or your little one.
How Much Might Your School Bus Accident Claim Be Worth?
Ask any parent about the worth of their child’s life, health and well-being and they will likely tell you it is priceless. However, to file a claim for injuries sustained in a bus crash, our legal team must demonstrate actual economic damages. Showing real damages means providing documentation that substantiates the cost or value of the victim’s injuries or death.
To document your request for financial compensation, we must include doctor and hospital bills and receipts for any miscellaneous expenses. If the victim sustained injuries that require future or ongoing treatment, we must obtain statements and testimony from doctors and medical experts to establish the cost.
If the victim were in the workforce, we would include the value of lost wages to date and projected future lost pay checks, if applicable. For any permanent disability or injury – including amputation, paralysis, traumatic brain injury, etc. – we will assign a dollar value based on legal precedent and related factors. We can also include pain and suffering as a part of your school bus injury accident claim.
How Will Your School Bus Accident Lawyer Prove Fault?
Our legal team must demonstrate the four legal elements of negligence to establish liability in a school bus accident claim. If more than one individual or entity has fault for your accident, we must demonstrate these elements in each case.
Duty of Care
The first element of negligence is the duty of care. We must establish that the at-fault party or parties owed a duty of care to the victim. For example, a school bus driver owes a duty of care to passengers as well as anyone who shares the road, including other motorists, pedestrians, and bystanders. A school district owes a duty of care to students who ride the bus as well as the community.
Breach of Duty
If a bus driver does not focus on the task at hand (driving safely) because of fatigue, impairment, distraction, or another dangerous behavior, he or she has breached the duty of care. Likewise, if a school district fails to maintain their buses according to safety standards and manufacturer’s recommendations, they have violated their responsibility as well.
If a bus driver looks away from the road to check a text message and subsequently strikes a pedestrian or cyclist, this breach of duty caused the accident. If a school bus tire blows out because the school district failed to replace a worn tire, this breach of duty may create a school bus rollover accident.
After proving the three elements of negligence, our legal team need only to prove that you suffered actual economic damages. We show actual damages by providing medical bills, receipts for miscellaneous expenses, and any projected costs the victim will incur in the future.
Consult a School Bus Accident Lawyer in Fort Lauderdale Today for Free
To help you through this challenging and confusing time, The Law Offices of Anidjar & Levine offers a free consultation and case review for Fort Lauderdale clients dealing with school bus accident injuries.
Do not attempt to fight this battle alone. Contact a personal injury attorney at 1-800-747-3733 today to schedule your consultation.