Sending your child to school is both a blessing and a curse. While the kids are enjoying new freedom and socialization, parents often assume the worst.
Parents can keep their kids safe by teaching them the rules of the road. Make sure they know how to look both ways before embarking and disembarking the bus. Teach them to stay in their seats, with their arms and legs inside the vehicle.
If an accident happens, there are some steps you must take—including calling the Law Offices of Tim Misny. Here’s how to handle this situation:
- Seek medical attention: Take your child to the emergency room, urgent care or doctor’s office as soon as you know there has been an accident. If your child has been injured, they will need medical attention. Even if they haven’t been seriously hurt, a medical professional can ensure there are no hidden injuries lurking. This is important because if you pursue a lawsuit, failing to seek medical attention may appear as if the injuries weren’t as serious as you claim.
- Document everything: Write down everything that occurs. Save medical documentation. Take photos of your child’s injuries, the scene and how they recover. Journal about which medications they take and how their pain levels appear day-to-day.
- Find out what happened: If you believe that someone at the school is responsible for the accident—such as the school bus driver themselves—you will need to find out what occurred. Did the school fail to conduct a background check of the driver? Did they fail to provide appropriate training? Anything you’ve witnessed or heard can help your attorney determine the cause of the accident.
- Talk to other parents: Don’t forget to talk to the other parents whose children were affected. While children aren’t always reliable narrators, you may get a better sense of what happened from multiple accounts. You’ll also find out whether the other parents plan to take legal action.
- Call a lawyer: Finally, call a lawyer as soon as possible. Once your child is out of danger, Tim Misny can help you recover compensation. Ohio has a two-year statute of limitations, but school bus accidents may have different requirements. Don’t miss out on your chance to seek compensation for pain and suffering, medical bills and more. You and your child deserve experienced legal help.
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When it comes to negligent drivers, I’ll Make Them Pay!® Get in touch with me at 877.483.2298 so that I can evaluate your case as soon as possible. The Law Offices of Tim Misny will help you recover compensation whenever available.