What Is The First Thing You Should Do After A School Bus Injury? If you've been injured in a school bus accident, you should talk to an experienced personal injury attorney as soon as possible. There are a number of things that make a school bus accident different than your typical motor vehicle accident. The main difference is that school districts in Georgia have what's called sovereign immunity. That means you generally cannot sue the school district, but you may have claims against the school bus driver. The amount of insurance the school bus driver has though will vary depending on a number of factors including the amount of insurance the school district has purchased, as well as whether you are seeking compensation for yourself if you were hit by a school bus, or if you were seeking compensation for one of your children who was injured while on a school bus. These cases can be very complicated and there are a number of different procedural hurdles that must be overcome to make sure you get adequate compensation. If you've been injured in a school bus accident, make sure that you call Brogdon Champion.
Our client, EA, was driving her car when a school bus hit her from behind. She had just turned left onto a road before she was hit. When she turned, she noticed two children trying to cross the road, so she stopped. Unfortunately, the school bus behind her did not stop, and it hit her car hard. The impact was serious and caused significant damage to EA’s car.
EA sustained injuries to her neck and back due to the collision. She started treating conservatively with a chiropractor. After months, she was unable to get better. She was sent to an orthopedic doctor, who performed a couple different therapeutic procedures on her that involved injections of medication into her spine.
The Champion Firm was referred the case by another lawyer because of our experience in handling government liability claims. We filed a lawsuit against the school bus driver. The attorney for the school district responded to the lawsuit and denied liability. The defense argued that our client was at fault because he stopped when she did not need to stop.
We took the deposition of the bus driver, and the defense took the depositions of our client and her mother. They agreed to go to mediation. The case did not settle at mediation. Several months after mediation though, the school district agreed to pay $100,000 to settle the case. This was the maximum amount of money available from the school district for this wreck.