At one point or another, most people spend time on public transport. This could be part of your daily commute to work, school or university, or even due to sightseeing purposes such as on a tour bus or a coach.
Unfortunately, accidents can occur on your bus, train or tram, and if you are injured you may be unsure of the appropriate steps to take. Read on to find out what’s next and how compensation lawyers can help you with public transport accident compensation.
What is a Public Transport Injury?
Before you begin a personal injury claim, it is important to know if you have ample grounds to make such a claim. Compensation lawyers will assess your situation and provide you with legal advice on what your best course of action is.
Usually, public transport accidents that result in or contribute to injury to an individual, are considered sufficient grounds for making a personal injury claim. These injuries may come about in a number of ways and include injuries sustained due to buses, trains, light rails, ferries, and bus or train stations.
The exact cause of your injury is important to note as it will play a key role in building your case. Consult your nearest compensation lawyers for a more detailed description of what is considered a public transport injury.
Who Can Make a Claim?
Anyone who has sustained injuries as a result of public transport accidents can make a claim. The New South Wales Road and Traffic Compensation Scheme covers victims injured in public transport accidents.
Speaking with compensation lawyers is your best approach to beginning a claim. With their expert advice on personal injury claims, you will know exactly what to include in your claim and how to lodge it.
What Can You Claim?
Public transport accidents result in a number of financial implications for victims. The good news is that you can be compensated for the following monetary losses:
- Medical bills
Medical bills and other costs associated with treating your injury can be included in personal injury claims. These include rehabilitative services such as physiotherapy or home care, medical tests, medication and hospitalisation fees. If you are not hospitalised overnight, you are required to cover the first $599 of your medical fees, but thereafter you will be reimbursed for any medical costs related to your injury for the remainder of your life.
Care can relate to medical care received for your injury, or future care you may need if you have sustained a serious long-term impairment or loss of body function.
- Loss of income
Naturally, an injury can lead to monetary loss not only through medical costs but also through interference with your ability to work. Your public transport accident compensation can cover some of your loss of wages, depending on the severity of your injuries and how long you are unable to work. Consulting with compensation lawyers is essential if you are claiming loss of income because they can help you calculate the exact amount you are entitled to.
- Pain and suffering
You may be entitled to a once off payment covering pain and suffering if your injury has resulted in psychological trauma or loss of quality of life due to its severity.
You may be entitled to additional benefits such as childcare costs if your injury impairs your ability to look after your children. You may also be entitled to compensation for travel assistance to get you to and from work. If you are unsure on what you are entitled to claim, contact your compensations lawyers for support with your claim.
Time Restrictions for Public Transport Accidents
Compensation lawyers can help take the stress off you when it comes to submitting paperwork for your personal injury claim. It is imperative you receive legal advice immediately after your accident, as it can be difficult to receive an exemption for not submitting your public transport compensation claim on time.
Most paperwork regarding your personal injury claim must be made within 28 days from the time you sustained your injury. Keep in mind these time frames may vary and certain documentation may need to be filed sooner, so it is better to let a legal professional handle your matters.
Consulting with compensation lawyers will increase the likelihood of your claim being successful. Public transport accidents are complex and often involve a number of legal actions to be taken in order to lodge personal injury claims.
For expert legal advice regarding public transport accidents, contact Schreuders. We can provide you with a free assessment and a “no win, no fee” guarantee.