You are climbing the steps of the bus and slip and fall on the slush that has built up over the morning. Or perhaps you fell as you were making your way back to the bus, not noticing a passenger had spilled his or her morning drink and you slipped on the slick conditions the spill created.
If you sustain an injury due to a slip and fall accident on a bus, there are a few things you need to know.
Who Is At Fault?
Before you can even begin to think of receiving compensation for any loss that may have occurred due to your injury, you need to determine who was at fault. Ask yourself:
- Was the bus driver at fault?
- Was another passenger at fault?
- Was the company or municipality who owns the bus at fault?
If you fell due to the actions of another passenger, then that is the individual who would be at fault. If your fall was due to negligence of the bus driver or the company that owns the bus, then they would be the responsible parties.
Filing a Lawsuit against the Guilty Party
Once you determine who is at fault and you are able to prove fault, you can go about filing a lawsuit against the guilty party.
With that being said, it is important to note that if the guilty party was a municipality, it may be very hard to recover damages through a lawsuit. Oftentimes municipalities have laws in place that indemnify them from such damages. While it is still possible to win a lawsuit, doing so can be much more difficult.
In filing a lawsuit against a guilty party, you must also prove cause and fault. This may also be hard to do without the help of a professional. Because of this, you may want to consider hiring a personal injury attorney to help you with your case.
A personal injury attorney can help you gather the evidence you need to prove fault. Your attorney can also help you gather additional evidence that may be needed, which could mean the difference between a win or a loss in court. In addition the personal injury attorney will know the laws that are in place that pertain to your case.
If the guilty party admits fault and his or her insurance company wants to work with you directly, you may still want to retain a personal injury attorney. It is not in the best interests of the insurance company to pay you every dollar you may be entitled to. Instead, they will likely try to pay you as little as they can get away with.
A personal injury attorney will ensure that your rights and interests are protected and that you are compensated for everything you have a right to be compensated for including compensation for medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering.