Bus accident injury claims can be confusing and complicated. Don’t battle the bus company yourself, call our Ventura bus accident attorney today for a free confidential consultation.
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If you’ve been involved in an accident involving a bus, here in California, the first and foremost step that you need to take is to make sure that you notify the bus driver and make sure that that company fills out an incident report. You have to have it documented that you were on the bus and that you were injured, otherwise it’s very easy for the insurance companies of these buses to come back and say, “We have no record that you were on the bus.” They’re automatically going to be suspicious of you and of any claim involving injuries. If they have no record of you being on that bus and being injured, red flags go up all over the place and it’s going to be very difficult for you to establish that you were actually on that bus when you were injured.
The first thing that you need to do is make sure that you tell that bus driver or bus company about the injury. They need to get your name and information about your injury. You also need to make sure that you get immediately to the emergency room, or to a doctor, and that you get treatment. When you go the emergency room or the doctor, you need to tell them each and every area of your body where you’re feeling pain. What happens with a lot of people is they will give the emergency room, or their doctor or the quick care center, what their major concern is. You may also have a sore back, or you may have hurt your elbow, or your knee, but that’s not your major concern so you only tell them about your neck. Maybe your neck resolves in a matter of months, and you find out that your knee has a serious injury and you may need surgery on your knee. If you haven’t documented that from the beginning, the insurance company is going to doubt it and deny that claim. It’s critical that you tell the doctors all about your injuries and every area of your body where you’re feeling any pain from head to toe.
The next thing that you need to do is follow the advice of all your doctors, and go to all your doctor’s appointments. Finally, you need to contact an attorney who has the skill and experience of dealing with these bus crashes, here in Ventura, so that they can properly put the bus company on notice of your claim.
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