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According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 134 people die in school-vehicle-related crashes each year. It is important to know what steps to take if your child is injured in an accident, in order to get compensation and medical care your child deserves. Here are the steps you can take if your child was injured in a school bus accident.
Seek Medical Attention
After an accident, your child may feel like he or she is not injured. It is crucially important that you immediately have your child checked out by a medical professional. Adrenaline, caused by the sudden excitement of the accident, can mask any pain from an injury that your child may have sustained. Injuries, such as concussions, whiplash, and brain injuries, may not be readily apparent, and medical attention allows the chance to document these.
Make Note of Your Child’s Well-being After the Accident
School bus accidents can be horrific events for your child. It is extremely important that you keep track of any medical or emotional changes within your child following the accident. Not only will this help you get the medical attention that your child needs, but it will also help prove the legitimacy of your claim. Keep an eye out for the following conditions:
- Signs or complaints of physical pain
- Changes in mood or behavior
Gather Information About the Accident
When your child is ready to discuss the event, ask him or her for details. Your child can tell you about the condition of the inside of the bus and roads and the behavior of the bus driver and other children.
A representative of the school district may also reach out to you after the event, and provide you with information about how the school board intends to handle the incident. Make sure you make copies and store any documents they provide.
Speak with other parents or any eyewitnesses of the event, and make sure to get their information and statement. These will prove extremely useful in court and may significantly improve your eligibility to claim compensation.
Lastly, keep any pictures you may have taken at the scene (e.g., bus, accident site, visible injuries on your child).
Guard What You Say
It is important to keep any discussion about the accident between your child’s doctor and your attorney. The school system will be wary of a potential lawsuit, and anything you say can be used against you. Refuse to meet, sign documents, or speak about the event until you have your attorney present.
Contact a Personal Injury Attorney
The school system will fight hard to avoid a potential lawsuit, but your child deserves to receive the best medical care and compensation for damages. If your child has been in a school bus accident due to the negligence of the bus driver or the school system, contact the personal injury attorneys at Hernandez Law Group, P.C. We have helped many clients receive the compensation they deserve. Juan Hernandez is one of the 2% of attorneys who is Texas board certified in personal injury law. Contact Hernandez Law Group, P.C. today and get you and your child started back on the road of recovery.