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1) Choosing a Bus Accident Attorney
Friends often ask me, “How do I select the best bus accident attorney in New York. You want an attorney that is experienced in handling bus accident type cases. You want a personal injury attorney with that experience. You want an attorney that is experienced in litigating bus accident cases. That’s number one. You want to sit down with that attorney and when you sit down with that attorney, you want to ask that attorney questions. You want to find out more about that attorney. You want to find out more about the cases that that attorney has litigated in the past. You want to feel comfortable with that attorney; that’s very important. I often tell people that there’s a marriage between the attorney and the client, and you have to work together from the beginning up through the resolution of the case. These are important factors to consider when making a determination as to who you want to represent you in your bus accident case.
2) Mistakes To Avoid After A Bus Accident
If you’re here, chances are you were involved in a bus accident. People often make mistakes when they’re involved in a bus accident. Number one, they don’t advise that they suffered an injury. When the police get to the scene, you must tell the police officer that you suffered an injury. People often leave the scene of an accident before the police arrive. They go home, they go to the doctor or hospital. You want to make sure you stay on that bus so that it’s documented that you were on the bus at the time of the accident; that’s very important. Another mistake that’s made is the retention of the wrong type of attorney. Very often, attorneys will accept a case, but it’s not their area of practice. You want to make sure that you get advice from a personal injury attorney with experience in bus accident type cases; that’s very important.
3) Bus Accident Settlement Offers
I just got a call from a client the other day who was in a bus accident about a week earlier. She said to me, “I was on the phone with the insurance carrier for the bus company and they offered me a couple of bucks. Should I take the offer?” I first asked her, “Well, tell me about the case. What happened?” She told me that she was on a bus, that the bus operator went through a red light, and they were hit by a car heading across the intersection. She told me that she immediately had pain in her shoulder, her knees, her neck and her back, and that she went to the hospital and she’s begun the course of treatment with a medical facility. I told her, “You need to come to the office right away and don’t take that offer.” What often happens is that the insurance carriers, they want to get the case resolved as cheaply as possible and as fast as possible before the individual seeks the advice of counsel. They want to do it because they know if the individual takes the offer, they’re going to sign documents and they’ll never be able to file a claim down the road regarding the accident. The answer to the question is no. You want to seek the advice of counsel. Let an attorney get involved. Let an attorney communicate with the insurance carrier to make sure that you get the compensation that you’re entitled to.
Were you or a loved one badly injured in a crash with or on public transportation and have questions about what to expect after a bus accident? Contact a New York bus accident lawyer at The Law Offices of Brian J. Elbaum today for a free confidential consultation and case evaluation. Let our experience work for you.
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