If you have been injured in an accident with a city bus or train, you might be able to recoup compensation through a personal injury claim.
What Kinds of Damages Might Be Suffered in an Accident?
You could suffer life-altering injuries in an accident with the city. Always notify the proper authorities when there is an accident. An accident report must be filled out.
As soon as possible, establish medical care even if you think you have minor injuries. For a successful personal injury claim, you must establish medical care.
You need to maintain documentation to support your claim and show damages. Keep medical records, medical bills, repair estimates, and proof of missed work and lost wages.
Here are some of the more common damages claimed in such an accident:
- Past and future medical expenses
- Past and future lost wages
- Pain and suffering
- Permanent scarring and disfigurement
- Property damages
- Loss of enjoyment of life
- Loss of consortium
Pursuing a Personal Injury Claim
Pursuing a personal injury claim against the city is much more challenging than pursuing a personal injury claim against an individual.
In some states, the state and city governments have sovereign immunity, which offers a special degree of protection. To pursue a claim against public transit, you must follow the strict claims policy.
This means you must send a notice of claim, which basically details your intent to sue, what injuries you suffered, how the accident happened, and why you think the Metro is liable.
If your claim is denied or if you don’t get a timely response, you can file a lawsuit. However, there are strict deadlines for filing a notice of claim and for taking legal action.
Consult with a Personal Injury Attorney
If you have been injured in an accident, you should consult with a personal injury attorney.
Pursuing a personal injury claim against a government entity is a challenge, and you need to make sure you have someone experienced in handling such claims and who is knowledgeable about state and local laws.
Personal injury attorneys work on a contingency basis, so you have nothing to lose.
Complete the Free Case Evaluation Form on this page today, so an attorney licensed in your state can review your case and determine how to proceed.
*Disclaimer: The content of this article serves only to provide information and should not be construed as legal advice. If you file a claim against Metro Transit, or any other party, you may not be entitled to any compensation.