If you got hurt in a Reynoldsburg bus accident—whether it involved a school bus, tour bus, shuttle bus, private event bus, or Central Ohio Transit Authority (COTA) bus—you might be eligible for compensation. A Reynoldsburg bus accident lawyer at Bressman Law can evaluate your situation and let you know if you have a case against the party who caused the collision.
You do not have to be wealthy to get our help. We handle personal injury cases, like bus accidents, on a contingency-fee basis. A contingency-fee basis means that you do not pay any legal fees upfront. We do not get paid until the resolution of your case, and then our pay comes out of your insurance settlement or court award.
Please do not wait too long to seek our help. You can lose your right to go after compensation if the statute of limitations expires on your case. In Ohio, you generally have two years to file a lawsuit, per Ohio Revised Code Section 2305.10. You can call us today at (877) 538-1116 to get started. We offer a free initial consultation with no obligation.
Bus Accidents Can Be Different from Other Personal Injury Claims
With most personal injury cases, we can negotiate directly with the at-fault party’s insurance company to reach a fair settlement. If we cannot reach a fair settlement agreement, then we can file a lawsuit and present the case before a judge.
Bus accident cases, however, can be different from standard personal injury cases, depending on who was involved. For instance, if a government agency owns the bus, there can be different procedural rules and a different deadline for filing a lawsuit. If the bus itself was defective or dangerously designed, you could have a product liability claim against the bus’s manufacturer.
Yet, you do not have to worry about assigning fault and liability for your bus accident case. Our team can take on this obligation for you. A Reynoldsburg bus accident lawyer at Bressman Law can help you, whether the bus involved in your accident was privately or publicly-owned. You can call us today at (877) 538-1116 for more information.
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How a Lawyer Can Help with Your Reynoldsburg Bus Accident Injury Claim
No matter how nice the insurance adjuster seems, you need to understand their motivations. The job of every claims adjuster is to find ways to pay injured people as little money as possible.
Here are some of the ways that insurance companies try to pay injured people less compensation than they deserve:
Asking Injured Claimants to Give a Recorded Statement
Soon after an accident, the at-fault driver’s insurance company will assign a claims adjuster to collect information and resolve the matter. One of the first things that the claims adjuster may do is ask you to give a recorded statement.
The adjuster might tell you that giving a recorded statement allows you to tell your side of the story, but do not be fooled. Recorded statements only help the insurance company find ways to deny your claim—and even blame you for the collision. The adjuster may even ask you a series of “loaded” questions.
The adjuster can also go through the transcript of the recording and take your words out of context, twisting them into something you did not intend. You should not give a recorded statement. If the insurance adjuster asks you to provide one, tell them to talk to your lawyer. We can give the adjuster the information they need.
Giving Lowball Settlement Offers
Many people do not realize that they have to pay their medical bills and other expenses out of their settlement check. What might look like a generous offer might not even begin to cover those costs.
For example, a person with $50,000 in medical bills might get an offer of $30,000 from the claims adjuster. If the injured person takes the $30,000, they will have to pay the remaining $20,000 out of their own pocket. When you work with a bus accident lawyer from Bressman Law, our team can advise you on the feasibility of any settlement offers.
Settling Claims Before the Claimant Completes Medical Treatment
Some claims adjusters try making settlement offers when the injured person is close to completing their initial course of medical treatment. The injured claimant might get tricked into settling their claim at that point, but that decision could backfire.
Until you finish your prescribed treatment plan, you will not know whether you will need any additional medical procedures. Once you accept a settlement from the insurer, they will not pay you any more money.
Let’s say that your doctor tells you that you will need surgery to restore your full range of motion after a shoulder injury. You could have medical bills of $20,000 or more. If you already settled your injury claim, however, you will have to pay that money yourself. You should not accept any money until you have reached maximum medical improvement.
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Bressman Law Can Help You Recover Fair Compensation
Working with a Reynoldsburg bus accident lawyer from the beginning can help you set the foundation for your personal injury case. You do not have to go through the injury claims process on your own. Bressman Law can take care of your claim so that you can focus your energy and attention on getting better and rebuilding your life.
Our passion is helping people who get hurt because of the negligence of others. We go the extra mile for our clients. You can call us today at (877) 538-1116 to find out how we can help you. There is no charge or obligation for the initial consultation.