Accidents involving tour buses, school buses, public transit or inter-city bus routes are fairly rare compared to all other vehicle collisions on the road. When they do occur, however, they are often very serious due to the size of the vehicle involved, the number of people on board, and the absence of safety features found in other vehicles such as seat belts. If you have been injured, or lost a loved one as a result of their injuries, and may have the right to benefits and the option to make a claim.
School Bus Accidents
Every day we see our most precious cargo board their yellow school buses, we trust that the drivers of the bus and everyone else on the road will be extra careful as they make their way through traffic. We never expect that our kids will come home injured, or not come home at all. Serious school bus accidents don’t happen often, but when they do they draw a lot of media attention because of the young lives at stake.
A 2008 report for Alberta Transportation found 2,318 school bus collisions reported between September 2001 and June 2006. There were more than 300 injuries reported, 42 of them serious and 6 fatalities. Edmonton (and Calgary) accounted for most of these collisions.
When a child sustains a serious injury in a school bus accident, the stress on their loved ones is unimaginable. They not only have to deal with the immediate effects of a life-changing injury, but they must also think about what the child will need well into the future. Will they require ongoing therapy? Will the child be able to achieve independence? Will they be able to hold a job and provide for themselves and their family? Will their injuries impact their enjoyment of life?
Litco Law Edmonton Bus Accident Lawyers have a wealth of experience making accident claims on behalf of injured children and families who have lost their children to these accidents. Understanding that their life is affected differently than an injured adult, we work with medical doctors, specialists and therapists to properly assess how their injuries affect their personality, memory, concentration, school performance, leisure activities, and relationships with family, friends and teachers.
In addition to helping your child obtain standard accident benefits and draw on additional benefits they are entitled to receive under your own insurance policies, our team of personal injury advocates has the expert knowledge and experience to build strong cases for compensation and damages. We will serve you with compassion to help ease your mind during this stressful time and to ensure you know we care about your child’s emotional, physical and financial well-being.
Municipal Bus Accidents
If you are on an Edmonton city bus and injured in an accident, or if one of these buses collides with you or your vehicle causing an injury, you not only qualify for Section B benefits, but you may be able to bring a claim against the City. However, unlike accidents involving individuals or private businesses, the City has its own claims process.
The City of Edmonton permits statements of loss and/or damage to be filed online, by mail, or through a telephone service. A City of Edmonton Risk Management Adjuster will be assigned and an investigation will take between 120 to 180 days or longer. Once the investigation is completed, a response letter will be sent with an acceptance or denial of the claim. You generally have two years from the date of the incident, to file a claim or your right to do so is lost forever. Note that there are certain exceptions to this rule, so it’s always a good idea to speak to a Personal Injury lawyer.
Litco Law Edmonton bus accident lawyers have the experience you need to advise you on the best course of action following your injury. If you choose to pursue a claim using the city’s process, we can help you include the kind of information, evidence and reasoning that will make a persuasive claim. We are also ready to pursue legal action on your behalf if your claim is denied or a settlement that is proposed is not fair compensation.
Inter-City/Tour Bus Accidents
There are many ways to get from Point A to Point B around the province or country. Inter-city or long haul buses are frequently used by travellers as a cost-effective alternative to trains, planes or cars. Depending on where the accident occurs and where the bus company is headquartered, there can be some complexities when filing a claim.
As experienced personal injury advocates, Litco Law Edmonton bus accident lawyers have the expertise to handle cases where these kinds of issues arise. Our team has the resources to pursue claims against these companies and/or their drivers to ensure your claim for compensation is not abandoned if a case becomes complex.
Common Bus Accident Injuries
Serious bus accidents can cause catastrophic injuries to passengers who are thrown from their seats in rollovers or crushed by damage from high impact collisions. Even less severe crashes can cause painful injuries depending on where a passenger was during the collision or the site of the impact.
Litco Law Edmonton bus accident lawyers can help you seek compensation if you or a loved one suffers:
- A traumatic brain injury
- Spinal cord damage
- Cuts, scarring or bruising
- Broken bones
- Muscular or nerve damage
- Post traumatic stress disorder
- Loss of life
- And other serious injuries or disabilities
Learning how an injury has affected you, and determining how it could continue to affect your ability to lead a fulfilling life in the future, are very important aspects of a personal injury case. When you put your trust in our firm, we make sure that trust is well-placed by seeking out expert opinions and assessments of your injuries, losses, and future needs. We are also very experienced in dealing with insurers and will advise you if the settlement they are offering is fair or if you have a strong possibility of achieving a better result at trial.
A Strong Reputation
For more than 40 years Litco Law has been helping Albertans achieve fair and just benefits and compensation when another person’s negligence has caused or contributed to their personal injuries. We are recognized by our peers in the legal field as one of Canada’s Top 10 boutique personal injury firms by Canadian Lawyer Magazine.
Our strong professional reputation comes from our track record of achieving good settlements for our clients, success at court if a case proceeds to trial, and what our past clients say about our performance.
We know that our clients are interested in getting fair financial compensation for their injuries, but that’s not the only thing that’s important to them. By serving our clients with compassion and attentive care, they understand that they are always people first in our eyes and never just a case or a number.
Litco Law Edmonton bus accident lawyers help clients from all walks of life. We know that many of our clients do not have much or any past experience with lawyers, let alone personal injury law, but that they are very invested in their case and want to understand what is happening as they go through the legal process.
We use easy to understand language to explain the process, we are always available to answer questions you may have about your case, and we work hard to learn what each client needs in terms of being involved in their case while balancing their need to focus their energy on their recovery.
What Our Clients Tell Us
Hearing good things about our performance from our legal peers is nice, but hearing positive comments from the people we’ve helped really drives our continuing efforts to serve Albertans.
Peggy thanks us for always treating her like family and not just a number. Lorna told us it was a pleasure to work with us on her case because we made the process easy for her by being supportive and answering every question she didn’t have an answer to. Repeat client Gerald explains that his family has used our services multiple times because we provide top notch service and has always gotten amazing results for them.
We are especially grateful to learn when we’ve gone the extra mile for our clients. Pervez told us he contacted another law firm to help following his wife’s accident, but they never seemed to want to deal with the case and suggested he should settle. The insurance claims adjuster on his case also encouraged him to settle for a small amount, telling him that in cases like his wife’s there was a maximum amount he should expect. When Pervez contacted Litco Law to take over the case, we knew he could do a lot better than settling for what he was first offered. We worked with him to build a case so strong that the insurance company eventually settled for six times the amount they first offered rather than risk facing us at trial. Pervez says he was grateful we were there with him right to the end and told us he would gladly refer anyone who asked him about personal injury lawyers to see us.
Past client referrals, repeat clients, and strong word of mouth support for our work can give you an idea of what kind of a firm we are, but we hope you will let us prove our worth to you by calling for a free consultation about your case. If you accept us as your personal injury advocates, you will never have to pay us unless we are successful in getting you an acceptable settlement or a damages award from court.
The Litco Law Advantage
If you or a loved one has been involved in a bus accident that caused a serious personal injury, you may be feeling stressed, overwhelmed and unsure about what to do to help yourself and your family heal. It may feel like the weight of the world is on your shoulders. By taking a first step and contacting Litco Law Edmonton bus accident lawyers, we can help lighten the load.
Our team of experienced, kind and caring lawyers will do the legal work you need to get the financial compensation you deserve so that you can focus your time and energy on healing and rebuilding your life. As your advocate, we will be there for you every step of the way.
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We service the Edmonton and surrounding area, including the counties of Parkland, Leduc, Strathcona, Sturgeon. When you need a Bus Accident Lawyer in Edmonton, think Litco Law Personal Injury Lawyers.