If you have been involved in an accident with public transit, you might be able to recoup compensation for your damages by pursuing a personal injury claim.
What Kinds of Damages Might Be Suffered in an Accident
An accident with public transit could lea to a variety of damages, including life-altering injuries. You should make sure the proper authorities are notified so an accident report can be completed.
Regardless of the severity of your injuries, seek medical care right away. Failing to establish medical treatment could be damaging to your claim.
Maintain documentation in support of your claim, including medical bills, medical records, proof of missed work and lost wages, and any written repair estimates.
Some common damages suffered in such an accident include:
- Past and future medical expenses
- Past and future lost wages
- Pain and suffering
- Property damages
- Mental anguish
- Permanent scarring and disfigurement
- Long-term or permanent disabilities
- Loss of enjoyment of life
- Loss of consortium
Pursuing a Personal Injury Claim
Pursuing a claim against a government agency is not as simple as filing a claim against an individual.
Public Transit is affilated with the city, so the claim is technically against city government. The Tort Claims Act sets forth a specific procedure that must be followed to pursue a claim against a government entity in the state.
The Act says that a notice of the claim must be filed within six months of the accident, but cities can set their own deadlines.
It is very important to file the notice on time and provide the supporting documentation.
If your claim doesn’t receive a response or if it is denied, you can then file action in court.
Consult with a Personal Injury Attorney
If an accident has left you with injuries, you should consult with a personal injury attorney.
Personal injury claims against government entities are much more challenging, and you want to make sure everything is filed in a timely manner and that your claim follows proper protocol.
An accident injury attorney who is licensed in the relevant state will know the state laws and can help you get your claim on the right track. Because these lawyers work on a contingency basis, you have nothing at all to lose.
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*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 the Sun Metro or any other party, you may not be entitled to any compensation.