School Bus Accident Lawyer in Wichita, KS
If your child has been injured on a school bus, they may be entitled for money to pay for their injuries, including medical bills, and pain and suffering. When an injury occurs on a school bus, the parents should not be forced to bear the costs. If multiple children were injured on the same school bus, there may be a limited amount of funds on an insurance policy that would cover every injured child. Time is of the essence, reach out to one of our experienced school bus injury lawyers today.
The team at Patterson Legal Group is committed to getting you a financial recovery that will ensure that your child can receive the care and treatment necessary to recover from their injuries. If your child has suffered a permanent injury, we can help to ensure that medical bills are covered into the future. Call today for a free consultation.
KANSAS TORT CLAIMS ACT
Any claim against a school must be made under the Kansas Tort Claims Act, which has special notice requirements and is handled differently than other injury claims with personal auto carriers.
DO I HAVE TO SUE THE SCHOOL?
Not necessarily. In part, it depends on who was at fault for the accident. If it was a third party driver, the insurance claim would be against the insurance company of the third party driver. If the accident was caused by the school bus driver, then we would send a demand letter to the insurance company that covers the school bus driver. Your child’s school purchases auto insurance coverage, similar to your personal auto coverage, that covers the negligent acts of the school bus driver. Sometimes serious injuries, or limited proceeds, do require us to file a lawsuit against the school district and bus driver. This is one of the many complicated legal topics that a lawyer can guide you through.
WHAT STEPS SHOULD I TAKE IF MY CHILD IS INJURED ON A SCHOOL BUS?
First, the health and well being of your child is the most important. If your child is injured or complaining of pain, you should seek medical treatment immediately. Provide the medical provider with your auto carrier information and your child’s health insurance (if applicable) to pay for the medical bill.
Ask your child what happened in the accident and take notes or a recording of what they say. Often, our memories fade, it is important to document your child’s recollection as quickly as possible.
If you are able to do so, get the name of a responding officer so you can later collect the names and insurance information of any drivers involved in the accident.