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Our lawyers help families whose children are injured in accidents involving school buses. Sometimes the bus driver is at fault, and sometimes it is another driver. Either way, children are harmed because of careless or reckless driving.
If your child has been in a school bus accident, contact a bus accident lawyer at our law firm. Our law firm has recovered millions for accident victims and their families, including a recent settlement for $5,100,000.00.
Attorneys Represent Family of Child Run over by a School Bus
Attorneys Fred Pritzker and Brendan Flaherty obtained a wrongful death settlement for a family whose child was killed by a school bus. The bus stopped in front of the boy’s driveway after school. When the boy exited, the driver was distracted. As the boy walked in front of the bus, the driver pulled forward and ran over the boy.
Initially, the school district denied fault, but Fred and his team proved the driver had been careless and that it had cost a little boy his life. The family found a measure of peace knowing the truth had been uncovered. The parents used part of the money obtained in a settlement for a scholarship to honor the memory of their son.
Child Injured in a School Bus Accident
If your child has been injured, your child and you may have a claim against the school bus company, school district, and others for the following:
- Hospital and other medical bills
- The estimated amount of lost income of the child due to the injuries sustained in the accident
- Pain and emotional suffering suffering
- Permanent disability
- Compensation for money lost because you had to take time off of work.
As indicated above, the injured child and his or her parents may have claims. For example, in one of Fred’s cases, he represented a little one who was seriously injured, with one of the most severe complications being kidney failure. The child was in the hospital for weeks and had to have daily dialysis for a period of time after that. Both of the parents lost income because of time off from work. The law allows parents to recoup this amount because a family should not have to suffer financially when the carelessness or intentional wrongdoing of a company injures a young child.
You should also note that a lawsuit should seek compensation for expected future medial expenses, pain and suffering, lost wages, etc. This needs to be calculated carefully by an attorney, a doctor, an accountant and others. Our law firm works with some of the best medical and financial experts to make sure our clients get the compensation they deserve.
Child Killed by a School Bus
If your child has been killed, we are extremely sorry for your loss. We understand this is a hard time for you and your family. We also know that a lawsuit for the wrongful death of a child is painful for the family, but our experience is that it is also a way to make sure the truth is known and that there is some measure of justice.
The law provides families the right to sue a company for the wrongful death of a child because there needs to be a way for the family to obtain evidence and be compensated for the tragic loss. A settlement may include amounts for the following:
- Lost economic contributions
- Loss of care and companionship
- Funeral expenses
- Other damages.
The Law Requires School Bus Drivers to Be Extra Careful
School bus drivers must obey all traffic laws. Because these vehicles are “common carriers” under federal and state law, the owner and driver are held to a higher degree of care. The driver must use utmost caution when driving in order to ensure the safety of the passengers. The owner (a private company or school district), must keep the bus in exceptionally good working condition, hire qualified drivers, train drivers, fire drivers who may pose a danger to the passengers, and make sure the bus is a secure and safe vehicle in every way.
Most states put some restrictions on cell phone use while driving. The law in almost all states is that a school bus driver may not operate the vehicle while communicating over, or otherwise operating, a cellular phone for personal reasons when the vehicle is in motion. This restriction applies whether the style of the cell phone is hand held or hands free. This also includes texting.
If a school bus involved in an accident was defective, you may also have the right to sue a manufacturer. We have a national reputation in the area of product liability.