Many of us spend time on the bus, whether it is part of the daily commute to work, school or university, or in more exciting times – such as on a tour bus or coach – whilst on holiday. Unfortunately, bus accidents do happen and if you are injured in one of these accidents you may be unsure what your options are.
By stepping onto the bus you are entrusting your safety to the driver. The driver in return owes you a duty of care to get you safely to your destination and to abide by all relevant traffic laws while doing so.
In the unfortunate event that you are injured in a bus accident, at no fault of your own, you will be entitled to make a claim for personal injury compensation. This claim will be against the insurer for the at fault vehicle so depending on the circumstances of the accident, it could be against the bus or another vehicle.
In either event our bus accident lawyers can talk you through your options and let you know if you have a right to bus compensation.
In the event of an accident, your finances can be one of your biggest concerns – especially if you are unable to work. That’s why it’s comforting to know that all our claims (yours included) are run under our No Win, No Fee, No Problems Guarantee.
Bus Accident Compensation Claim Process in QLD
In the unfortunate event that you are involved in a bus accident, it is natural that you may initially be in a state of shock. However, it is important that following the accident – as soon as possible – you obtain the registration details of the vehicles and personal details of the drivers (if possible) involved in the accident.
It’s important to seek appropriate medical treatment for your injuries and ensure that the accident is reported to the police. Our bus accident lawyers can talk you through this process and get your claim underway quickly.
There are strict time limits associated with bringing a claim following a bus accident and as such it is important that you also seek expert legal advice as soon as possible following such an accident.
Calculating Bus Accident Compensation in QLD
Once a claim is lodged after a bus accident, your lawyer’s initial focus will be having your rehabilitation funded. Having the insurer fund all relevant rehabilitation treatment and associated expenditure required, can assist in the strongest recovery possible.
In terms of the ultimate bus compensation payable to you, this will vary from case to case on a number of factors. Often, two individuals in the same accident will recover different amounts of compensation – depending on a range of things including the severity of their injuries and the impact this has on their working ability.
The calculation of your bus compensation is based on how you recover from your injuries, your age and remaining working life, out of pocket expenditure incurred to date and expected into the future and requirement for domestic assistance required to date and into the future.
The best course of action is to speak with one of our expert bus accident lawyers to understand if you have a claim and what the next steps are.
Your case will be reviewed for free and if you continue with your claim it will always be covered by our No Win, No Fee, No Problems Guarantee.
Mobile Bus Accident Lawyers
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We understand that you are likely in ongoing pain and struggling with the daily challenges of life post-accident. To ensure the entire legal process is as stress-free as possible, our lawyers will always happily come to you – either at the hospital, your home or a local café – wherever is easiest for you.
If you prefer to meet in one of our offices, you are always welcome at our head office in Brisbane CBD or you and your lawyer can arrange an appointment at one of our many visited offices.
Common Questions About Bus Accidents:
Queensland has a Compulsory System of Third Party (CTP) Insurance for all motor vehicles, on all Queensland roads. This insurance is paid for by every bus, or other vehicle, owner at the time you pay your registration renewals.
In Queensland, the CTP insurance is offered by a number of approved CTP insurers. If you suffer an injury as a result of a bus accident as a driver, a passenger, a pedestrian, or as a cyclist, caused by someone else, you have the right to claim compensation for the injury sustained and the loss resulting from the injuries; by making a CTP claim.
CTP insurance covers accidents on public roads. Most vehicles are covered under the CTP insurance scheme for compensation of personal injuries sustained by making a CTP claim. Road accident compensation claims include light vehicles involved car accidents, motorbike accidents or bicycle accidents.
Passengers, pedestrians and pillion passengers may also have injury claims even though they were not driving the vehicle at the time. Heavy motor vehicles are also covered under CTP insurance claims including commercial vehicles, utes, vans trucks and busses.
Injuries include a wide variety of conditions with a varying degree of loss or injury.
These may include injury to various parts of the body including arms, legs, hand and feet, neck, back and spinal injuries. Some other injuries include sight and hearing loss or injury, and brain injuries. Soft tissue and burns as well as psychiatric and psychological conditions are also included.
Serious injuries are also covered including paraplegia and quadriplegia.
Compensation is allowed for direct expenses relating to the bus accident or incident including; medical expenses, physiotherapy and or rehabilitation costs and associated treatment. Future medical expenses and treatment as well as care and assistance may also be included to continue the recovery process.
In addition, loss of wages, future loss of wages or impact on your ability to work may form a large part of the compensation claim.
Gouldson Injury Law operates on a No win No fee basis. For no charge, a qualified personal injury lawyer will meet with you and answer all your questions. They will also discuss the merits of your claim and your legal rights to make an injury claim. If you proceed you will only be charged if you successfully receive compensation. Our professional fees are charged at a competitive rate, not a percentage of your damages.
Those fees are capped at 30% of your final compensation payout, to ensure you won’t be left wanting.
Every bus accident claim is as individual as the person making it. There are many factors that may shorten, or prolong, the time it takes for a decision to be made. We will discuss these factors with you to keep you informed of your rights along the way.
To speed up the process, ensure you lodge a claim as soon as possible and have accurate and detailed medical records at hand. Should we require further medical records we will inform you of the detail and also assist you to obtain all the required information.
Some of this process is dependent on the stability of your injuries and the stage of recovery.Give us a call if you would like more information on this process.
This is a question every client asks! Unfortunately it is impossible for any injury compensation lawyer to answer accurately, at such an early stage. The extent of an injury compensation claim will depend on the severity of your injuries and the consequences on your circumstances.
Many factors contribute to the assessment of your damages including treatment, past and future loss of income and your ability to work. Ongoing care and rehabilitation and pain and suffering will also impact on the settlement amount.
This is an important issue to discuss, so contact us and an expert motor vehicle accident injury lawyer will discuss your claim and explain this process.
Strict time limits apply under the legislation for you to make a claim.
Strict time limits apply to car accident injury compensation claims and CTP claims. Generally you will need to lodge a Notice of Accident claim form with the relevant compulsory third party insurer within 9 months of the accident.
Where you don’t have the registration details or don’t know the motor vehicle at fault, you must serve the Notice on the Nominal Defendant with 3 months but up to 9 months with a reasonable excuse for delay. Outside 9 months a claim against the Nominal Defendant is out of time. Other than in Nominal Defendant cases you have 3 years from the date of the injury to commence a claim in court.
Contact Gouldson Legal as soon as possible to ensure your claim is not held up should complications arise.
Gouldson Legal specialises as motor vehicle accident and CTP injury compensation lawyers in Brisbane on a “No win no fee” basis.
Obtain the name and address of the driver(s) at fault and also the registration plate number, make and mode of the car at fault.
It may be beneficial for you to take photographs and sketch a plan of the accident scene to assist you in the future. Also take all witness details.
Should Queensland Police not attend the scene of the accident, you must report the accident to the Police within 28 days.
If you fail to do so, you will need to complete further paperwork (Gouldson Legal will provide this to you) and it will need to be delivered to the closest police station to the accident.
Contact Gouldson Legal and speak to one of our seasoned car accident injury lawyers.
They will start the claims process within 48 hours as strict time limits apply.
Ensure you receive the very best ongoing medical treatment and advice. You will need to obtain medical evidence to show that your injury is a direct consequence of the car accident.
Don’t forget to also look after your emotional health during this difficult time. Visit our Support Groups page for more information.
Expect to receive regular phone calls and correspondence from your Gouldson Injury lawyer, keeping you up to date with how your claim is progressing.
In between phone calls, concentrate on getting better.