As a parent, you probably wish that you could protect your child from all forms of harm. If your child has been involved in a school bus accident, you might be upset, worried, and unsure of what you should do next. Listed below are a few steps you should take immediately after the bus accident to help protect and advocate for your child.
1. Take Your Child to the Doctor
School bus accidents, much like car accidents, can range in severity from minor to catastrophic. In even seemingly minor school bus accidents, however, children can have serious injuries. Depending on the type and extent of any injuries, your child could even be affected for life.
Even if your child is not physically injured, he or she might still need medical care. For example, your child might be very frightened and could even suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder. Since your child might be confused about what happened and might not know how to communicate to you about what he or she fees, taking your son or daughter to a professional for evaluation is important.
On the day of the accident, taking your child to the emergency room might be necessary, particularly if injuries are serious or if you cannot get an appointment with your child's regular pediatrician. Afterward, make sure that you follow up with any physician recommendations. For example, your child may need to see a specialist or may need follow-up visits.
2. Speak to Someone From Your Child's School
Speak to someone from your child's school after the accident. Find out why and how the accident happened. Make sure that the administrators at your child's school take the situation seriously.
Advocating for your child by speaking to school administrators is important. This can help encourage the school to help prevent similar accidents from happening again in the future. Examples of future prevention include making sure that all of the school buses are in good condition and that all of the bus drivers have proper screenings and training before getting behind the wheel.
3. Document Everything
Keep proper documentation during each step of dealing with the aftermath of your child's school bus accident. From any communication that you might have with administrators at the school to any medical bills that you might receive, all of this documentation can help with your child's case.
4. Meet With a Personal Injury Lawyer
Filing a lawsuit against the school, the school district, or other parties might be necessary after your child has been in a school bus accident. You might not feel like the school takes the accident seriously enough, or you might have medical bills for your child's accident-related health care needs.
Filing any type of lawsuit is tricky, and matters can be even more complicated and difficult when children and schools are involved. Do not try to handle the case on your own. Instead, seek out the help of a personal injury lawyer. A lawyer can handle most of the work with the case, and you can focus on your child while he or she heals.
As a parent, you have a responsibility to do what you can to advocate for and protect your child. Of course, if your child has been involved in a school bus accident, the accident was not your fault. However, doing what you can to handle the situation properly after the fact is important.
Contact us at Cartee & Lloyd Attorneys at Law so that we can help with your child's case. We are always happy to answer your questions about the particulars of your case.