If you (or a loved one) were a driver, pedestrian, or passenger involved in a bus accident in Georgia, you may want to pursue compensation. In this guide to bus accident claims in Georgia, we go over the damages you could request, how to file the claim, and how a lawyer from our firm can help. The guide should give you the confidence you need to take the next step in your pursuit of compensation.
What Should I Do if I Get Hit By a Bus?
Bus accidents are among the most serious personal injury incidents. A victim may be left with crippling injuries and medical debt, and left wondering what to do.
Regardless of whether you were a driver, pedestrian, or passenger involved in a bus accident, you should seek medical attention immediately if you haven’t already. Even if you feel fine, you should seek attention. You may have an injury that doesn’t show symptoms right away, like a concussion or a bone fracture.
You should also speak with a lawyer from our personal injury firm in Georgia. The lawyer can help to determine whether you have a case against the local government. If you do, you and your lawyer can file a personal injury claim which could compensate you for your damages.
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What Damages Can I Request in a Bus Accident Claim in Georgia?
Your injuries may be causing significant pain and your medical bills may be continuing into the future. These issues are examples of damages you can request in your claim. You may be able to claim all of the following:
- The cost of repairing or replacing any property damaged or destroyed due to the accident
- Earnings you can’t collect due to your injuries preventing you from working
- Your medical bills, including any bills you’ll incur into the future
- Any disability-related damages, such as loss of enjoyment of life
- Your pain and suffering and any mental anguish due to your injuries
How Is Pain and Suffering Calculated in Georgia?
Certain damages, such as pain and suffering, are intangible. They have no inherent monetary value. However, our firm’s lawyers have various methods of attributing monetary values to intangible damages, including pain and suffering and mental anguish.
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How Do I Claim Compensation for a Bus Crash?
In Georgia, if a person is involved in an accident involving public transportation, they must report the incident to the authorities. The person should ask the authorities for the name of the employee who caused the accident and the name of the company (such as Greyhound) responsible for it.
Afterwards, the person can file their claim on the website of the state of Georgia, but the person may want to speak with a lawyer from our firm first. Filing the claim requires important information the lawyer can collect. There’s also a particular process for filing the claim.
How We Can Help With Your Bus Accident Claim in Georgia
One of our firm’s attorneys can help you in a number of ways. For one, your attorney can prepare, file, and maintain your claim for you while you focus on recovering and taking care of your family. Your attorney can also:
- Ensure your claim is filed properly: Your attorney can ensure your claim is filed in accordance with the state’s processes and rules.
- Gather evidence for your claim: You’ll need evidence to support your case and your claim. Your attorney can gather it for you. This may be easier than gathering the police report, traffic camera footage, and other evidence yourself.
- Prepare and present corroborating evidence: You may also need supporting evidence to bolster your case, such as witness testimony. Such evidence may also be necessary if you decide to sue the government.
- Argue your case for you: Evidence may not be enough to convince the government you deserve compensation. Your attorney may be able to convince them, such as by threatening to sue.
- Take your case to court: If necessary, your attorney can take your case before a judge. Your attorney will do everything they have to do so you can get the compensation you deserve.
How Long After an Accident Can You Sue in Georgia?
Something else your attorney can do for you is help you meet the deadline to sue in Georgia. After your accident, you have only 2 years to file a personal injury lawsuit, according to O.C.G.A. § 9-3-33.
If you lost a loved one in a bus accident, your attorney can help you pursue wrongful death damages and meet the deadline for a wrongful death suit. Under the same statute, it is also a time limit of two years.
Your Personal Guide to Bus Accident Claims in Georgia
If you have any other questions about filing a bus accident claim in Georgia, don’t hesitate to reach out to us at Bader Scott Injury Lawyers. We can speak with you at no cost and introduce you to a Georgia bus accident attorney from an award-winning team. Your attorney can then guide you through the claims process.
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