Bus Accident Claims Lawyer

Many Queenslanders spend a lot of time on buses, whether it’s the daily commute to work, TAFE or university on public transport buses or traveling to school on school buses. Being a much larger vehicle on the roads you would assume they would be a pretty safe mode of transport, with bus companies doing their utmost best to provide safe vehicles for use – bus accidents do happen from time to time and your potential as a passenger to be seriously injured can be quite high.

If you have been involved in a bus accident and have sustained substantial injuries you may be unable to work and may require ongoing medical care which can be expensive. If you have sustained an injury on a bus due to another person’s negligence then you should consider making a bus accidents compensation claim to help with your recovery.

As a bus driver, you too may have a claim for compensation through your bus companies insurance company if you have been injured whilst working. You may also be eligible to make a workers compensation claim.

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Common Types of Injuries From Bus Accidents

There can be many reasons why accidents and subsequent injuries happen from bus accidents. Common types of bus accidents can include:

- Driver error by bus drivers of the public transport vehicles (also including coaches, dedicated school buses or buses), causing injuries to passengers
- Negligent driving by bus drivers, causing injuries to pedestrians or other motorists.

No matter the type of bus or bus company involved in bus crashes or the how they occurred, you as a passenger, may sustain serious injuries, may be entitled to claim compensation. The most common sorts of bus accident injuries include:

Whiplash
The impact created when a vehicle stops suddenly, can cause your head to jerk backwards. This sudden forward then backwards movement causes strain on the muscles and tendons of the neck and down upper back. Whiplash can be painful and take several weeks to recover from, but whiplash rarely results in permanent injury on its own.
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Back and Spinal Cord Injuries
The force and impact of the accident (whether the bus is hit by another vehicle or you fall over due to sudden and hard breaking), can cause the muscles, tendons and ligaments in the lower back to overstretch or tear. Sprains and strains usually lead to acute low back pain, tightness and muscle spasms.
Broken Bones
Your legs, arms, and ribcage may bear the brunt of the bus accident and can break and fracture easily. Broken bones are very common injuries and are rarely permanent or life-threatening, though some broken bones may require surgery to set the bone and place hardware to help your bones heal. Depending on the type of broken bone, you may require time to rest and recover.
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Internal Bleeding
Internal bleeding is often associated with fractures and can be a sign of other serious internal injuries. If left untreated even for a short time, internal bleeding can lead to the loss of limbs or vital organs and in serious cases can cause death.
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Concussions & Traumatic Brain Injuries
During bus accidents, you can easily hit your head causing a concussion. You may experience problems with your memories, or feeling like your brain is just not working as quickly as it usually does.

A traumatic brain injury can change the way your brain functions, handles information and processes emotions. While you can recover from a brain injury to some degree, depending on the type and severity of the damage, treating it may be a lifelong process.

Any form of brain injury should never be ignored and seeking medical treatment and assessment will put you in the best position to aid in your recovery.
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Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
Anytime our bodies undergo a situation of extreme stress or trauma – such as a bus accident– there is the potential to develop PTSD. Symptoms can include being scared of driving after an accident, aversion to certain sounds or images, or even sleeping problems due to anxiety or nightmares. Treatment is your best option, as psychologists and therapists can help you combat PTSD and help you return to your normal life.

Psychological and physical injuries can range from mild to severe injuries - no matter the severity, any injury resulting from an accident should be taken seriously and you should seek medical attention as soon as possible. Pursuing a bus accident compensation claim will ensure you can receive financial compensation for your losses, including non economic damages and injuries.
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What You Can Claim For Bus Accidents in QLD
Medical expenses, future medical costs and out of pocket expenses
You are able to claim for medical bills directly related to your injuries, including pharmaceutical expenses and rehabilitation aids and appointments after a bus accident. Any medical treatment you receive will need to be documented and you will need to ensure that you keep all medical bills and payments and medical reports of your treatments. These will be used to form a basis of your claim.
Economic damages: past and future losses
You may find that you need time off work to recovery from your injuries. If your injuries prevent you from working you are entitled to claim for any lost wages and the potential income you may not be able to earn due to your long standing injuries.

In some cases, after your bus accident, you may not be able to return to your regular work due to your injuries or you may not be able to return to any sort of work. In these instances, you may have a personal injury claim for future economic losses.
Ongoing pain and suffering
Bus accident victims can suffer with pain after a bus accident and can endure pain and suffering in the future as a result of their injuries. Your bus accident attorney may be able to form a case for you to be compensated for this within your bus accident compensation claim.
Housekeeping, caregiving and attendant care costs
If your injuries are substantial, you may require assistance to do everyday tasks that were not an issue for you prior to your bus accident. The help and assistance you receive during this time of recovery will need to be documented in order to include in your bus accident compensation claim – even if you don’t pay for the help. You are still able to claim domestic assistance through personal injury claims.
The Bus Injury Claims Process
Your claim for compensation will depend on the circumstances surrounding bus crashes, including establishing parties responsible and if any gross negligence has occurred. Mounting a personal injury case involves a number of steps, and you should keep in mind that there are strict time limits that apply when lodging a personal injury lawsuit. If you leave it too late to lodge your claim for compensation then you may miss out on vital compensation needed to assist with your recovery. Be sure to get in touch today for a free, no obligation consultation including formal legal advice with one of our experienced personal injury lawyers today.

The following steps should be followed after you have been involved in any sort of bus accident:
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Seek Medical Assistance
Seek medical assistance for your injuries. No matter where you are treated for your injuries, it's important that you mention the circumstances by which you sustained your injuries. Be sure to obtain a full injury assessment and keep all documentation as this will form part of the process for seeking compensation.
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Report Your Accident to The Police
Ensure you report your accident to the police, ensuring you let them know the circumstances that lead to the accident and give them as much detail as possible; witness details, vehicle details and another other evidence that may help with your report. Be sure to take a copy of your police report with you and keep for proof for your compensation claim.
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Gather All Relevant Information
Be sure to gather all relevant information about the accident including the bus driver’s contact information, the bus number and identification, the registration details and route of the public transport vehicle, the date and time of the incident, and the contact details of any eyewitnesses. Also, gather up any other evidence about your accident that may assist with your claim for compensation.
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Speak to Smith's Lawyers
Speak to Smith’s Lawyers, one of SEQ experienced bus accident law firms, to gain expert legal advice before lodging a bus accident compensation claim, it is the best way to ensure your claim progresses in a timely manner and that you get the full access to the compensation you need to get back on your feet.
How Our Bus Injury Lawyers Can Help You Bring a Claim
At Smith’s we believe every Queenslander should be entitled to know and understand their legal rights and entitlements in order to make a compensation claim. Our experienced bus accident lawyers are here for you and your family. They hold extensive experience in bus and public transport accident compensation claims, and in return you can expect the highest quality legal services and the best possible settlement and outcome for your compensation claim.

We understand that when you’re injured your life can be turned upside down and you may not know where to start or what compensation is available to you or what is a fair compensation settlement.

Compensation is an important step in getting your life back on track after a serious accident. Your dedicated bus accident lawyer will ensure that they offer you expert legal guidance, ensuring you understand your rights and obligations. Giving you the best chance of a successful claim with maximum compensation settlement to assist you getting back on your feet.

Our bus accident lawyers will take the time and listen to your story, they will listen to how your injuries impact your life and your earning capacity, they will ensure that you in turn understand all your rights to seeking the justice you deserve.

At Smith's Lawyers, you are protected by Queensland's first risk-free compensation promise: No Win, No Fee, No Catch®. In the unlikely event that your bus accident case goes to court, and you are unsuccessful, we'll cover the costs - so you won't pay a cent to us or anyone else for pursuing a bus accident claim.

Before you make a claim for compensation through any bus accident lawyer, it’s a good idea to speak to Smith's team of bus accident lawyers, even if it’s just to get some free advice. If it’s time to talk – we’re here to help, our law firm and team of dedicated personal injury lawyers will guide you through the legal process.
Make a Compensation Claim With us From Any One of These Locations in QLD:
Brisbane
People who are in doubt about their TPD claims should speak to one of our personal injury lawyers at our Brisbane office. We work on a no-win, no fee, no risk basis.

Gold Coast

You are welcome to drop by our Gold Coast office with your queries about TPD claims. You do not pay legal fees for your first consultation and therefore receive free advice.

Sunshine Coast

Contact our office for information about your permanent disability TPD insurance or make a TPD claim via our Sunshine Coast office.

Greater Queensland

Take our 2-minute free claim check online. Then call or visit our TPD lawyers and tell us your unique story. We care to listen to your story and personal circumstances.
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Lodge A "No Win No Fee" Claim
If you suffer injuries while at work, you don't have to worry about the whole process of making your claim or the legal fees involved. Here at Smith's Lawyers, we offer free consultation services for injured workers looking to kickstart their claims. As mentioned before, we also have a no-win no fee, no catch policy.
Get in touch with us to give yourself the best opportunity to receive the maximum compensation possible for your claim.
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