What Legal Options Do I Have if My Child Was Injured on a School Bus?
If your child was injured on a school bus, contact a Wisconsin Personal Injury Attorney
Like any accident, legal liability rests on the person or people at fault. However, it can be very difficult to determine who is at fault in the case of a school bus accident because so many different factors come into play. Technically, you can sue if your child is injured in a school bus accident, but you have to be sure you have the full story.
Cases Aren’t Always Simple
Sometimes it’s easy to determine who is at fault. That texting driver who swerved into a bus, even as the bus driver took defensive maneuvers, is a rather clear-cut case. Other times, it’s not so easy; for example, if the bus is traveling on a rural route and hits a deer. It is possible that this was an unavoidable accident. Even then, though, there are more questions. Maybe the driver wasn’t at fault, but your child was injured because of a lack of seat belts on the bus (Wisconsin does not require belts on school buses), and it turns out that the three-point belts that some companies have installed would have prevented injury. Do you sue the bus company or school for not having those voluntary belts? What about the original manufacturer of the bus?
Accidents can also cause emotional injury and stress, even if the physical impact wasn’t that bad. Because emotional distress after an accident is a real condition, you have the additional decision to make of whether to pursue that type of claim against whoever is at fault.
Your first priority after your child has been injured should be to ensure the child gets better, but the costs of treatment can soon intrude. When you are able to speak with a lawyer, contact Eisenberg Law Offices. You need to get sound legal advice before deciding to sue, and the lawyers at Eisenberg will help you sort through the facts and determine the best course of action.