Paducah School Bus Accidents
Bus Crash Attorneys Serving Paducah and the Surrounding Area
Public school buses carry Paducah students to and from school on more than 100 different routes each day. While school buses may be safer than other vehicles due to their size and bright yellow color, students may still suffer serious injuries if their bus is involved in a crash. If you or your child has been injured in a school bus crash, contact Nahon, Saharovich & Trotz today to discuss your legal options with a Paducah school bus accident lawyer, which could include pursuing claims against the bus driver, the school system, a private bus company, or the driver of another vehicle. The law firm of Nahon, Saharovich & Trotz employs a skilled legal team of more than 30 attorneys and 100 staff members dedicated to representing injured victims and their loved ones, and we have recovered more than $1.5 billion in damages for injured clients in Kentucky, Tennessee, Mississippi, Arkansas, Missouri, and other states.
Seeking Monetary Damages After a School Bus Crash
Paducah Independent School’s Transportation Department is responsible for transporting public school students in Paducah to and from school each day. The department employs over two dozen full-time drivers, meaning that there are many buses on the road each school day. The sheer number of buses allows for accidents to occur from time to time. When a school bus collides with another vehicle, runs off the road, or crashes into another object in the road, the students on board may be thrown from their seats and flung about the bus, suffering serious injuries. In these situations, it is important to have an experienced attorney on your side willing to fight for your child and get him or her maximum recovery for any injuries and losses.
Multiple parties may be liable for your child’s injuries following a bus crash. Obviously, if the driver of another vehicle runs a red light and strikes the bus, then the driver of that vehicle would be responsible for any injuries and losses incurred. However, if the bus driver commits a driving violation, such as running a stop sign, and crashes into another vehicle or some inanimate object such as a tree or light pole, a school bus accident attorney in Paducah could help you assert a cause of action against the bus driver.
You may also be able to pursue the school district or company who employs the bus driver under a theory of vicarious liability. Under that theory, an employer is responsible for the negligent actions of its employees committed during the course and scope of employment. Some school districts hire a private company to operate its school buses, and in those cases that company could be responsible for crashes caused by its drivers. In Paducah, the school district runs its own buses and may be responsible for any losses you or your child incurs due to the negligence of one of its drivers.
If your child has been injured in a school bus accident in Paducah, he or she may be entitled to compensation in the form of monetary damages for any medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, and loss of enjoyment of life. Keep in mind that the statute of limitations for automobile accidents occurring in Kentucky is generally one year. This means that you only have one year from the date of the accident to either settle your claim or to file a complaint with the proper court. A school bus accident lawyer that serves Paducah residents will be able to abide by statutory timelines to keep your rights protected.
Obtain a Free Consultation with a Knowledgeable Paducah School Bus Accident Attorney
After a school bus accident, it may be difficult to know what to do. If your child is young, he or she may not be able to fully explain how the accident occurred and you may not know which party caused the accident. Our attorneys can assist with identifying all potentially liable parties so that you can focus on caring for your child during this difficult time. Nahon, Saharovich & Trotz has more than 30 years of experience in personal injury law, handling numerous bus accident cases, and we are ready to put our knowledge to work for you. Call us toll-free now at 800-529-4004 or complete our online form to set up a free consultation with one of our personal injury attorneys.
Most car accidents are preventable and occur as a result of errors by one or more drivers. To prove liability, you will need to establish by a preponderance of the evidence that the driver owed you a duty of care, which was breached, and that your injuries resulted from the driver’s carelessness. Damages that may be available in these cases often include medical expenses, lost income, mental anguish, loss of consortium, and pain and suffering.
Truck drivers are required to follow numerous detailed regulations, including rules related to hours of service, keeping a logbook, and maintenance procedures. Many of these regulations are intended to protect other people on the road from harm. In some states, if a driver violated a law that was enacted to protect the public, the violation can create a rebuttable presumption of negligence. Trucking companies are also required to follow a number of regulations, including rules related to background checks of drivers and proper supervision. They often may be held directly or indirectly liable for a truck accident.
The Social Security Administration (SSA) evaluates applications for disability benefits. Although many people pay into this system throughout their lives, many legitimate claims are initially denied, and this process may be less straightforward than claimants expect. The SSA uses a five-step sequential evaluation to determine whether to grant benefits to an applicant. Each step is considered in a set order. We can present your case in a persuasive manner and help you appeal a denial of a meritorious claim if needed. This could include representing you in a hearing before an administrative law judge.
Workers’ compensation functions slightly differently in each state. In Tennessee, for example, businesses that employ five or more employees must carry workers’ compensation insurance. If you are injured on the job, you may recover benefits, such as medical costs and disability. Neither your employer’s nor your own culpability for your injuries will prevent you from collecting these benefits. However, it may still be a struggle to obtain benefits from your employer’s insurer. We can help you navigate this challenging process.
If you were harmed by a health care professional’s failure to use the appropriate level of care in providing treatment to you, you may be able to recover compensation. Most medical malpractice lawsuits require retaining an expert to determine the accepted standard of care and explain what the defendant did that fell short of this standard, as well as how the inappropriate conduct caused the patient’s injuries.
When you buy a toy, car, medication, or other product, you do not expect to be hurt. If you are injured, you may have grounds to file a product liability lawsuit. There are three types of defects that may be actionable: manufacturing, design, and marketing (also known as failure to warn). Manufacturers may be held accountable under multiple different theories, including strict liability, negligence, breach of warranty, and concealment. For example, if you take a drug that causes you to develop cancer, but you were not told that a potential side effect of the drug was developing cancer, you may have grounds to hold the manufacturer strictly liable for its failure to warn you of the risk.
Nursing home residents are often elderly or disabled, and thus they are especially vulnerable to neglect, physical abuse, and exploitation by staff members. Unfortunately, many nursing homes are understaffed or employ staff members who are inadequately trained to deal with potentially frustrating situations. Nursing homes are required to protect their residents from physical, mental, and emotional harm by providing a safe environment, as well as adequately training and supervising staff. A failure to do so may be grounds for a nursing home negligence lawsuit for damages.
Property owners have a duty to keep their property reasonably safe. In most situations, this includes an obligation to inspect the property for dangerous conditions and fix them or provide warnings about them so that visitors are not harmed. One type of dangerous condition, which may present a particular problem in apartment complexes or shopping centers, consists of inadequate security measures such as broken locks, poor lighting, or a lack of security guards. A failure to take security measures when appropriate may allow third-party criminals to assault, rob, rape, or otherwise harm visitors and tenants. You may be able to recover damages if you can prove that the defendant knew or should have known about a history of attacks similar to yours and taken appropriate security measures to reduce the risk of further incidents.
Consult a Personal Injury Lawyer in Memphis or the Surrounding Regions
If you are dealing with a devastating injury or medical condition, the Memphis personal injury attorneys at Nahon, Saharovich & Trotz can evaluate and explain your options. Our firm has 30 attorneys and more than 100 staff members, and we serve injured people in many areas of Tennessee, Mississippi, Arkansas, Missouri, and Kentucky, including Memphis, Nashville, Knoxville, Chattanooga, Jonesboro, Little Rock, Jackson, Meridian, Tupelo, Columbus, Grenada, Starkville, Oxford, Hayti, and Caruthersville. Contact our office toll-free by calling 800-529-4004 or by completing our online form to set up a free consultation with a personal injury, workers’ compensation, or Social Security Disability lawyer. Once you have learned more about our vigorous advocacy for the rights of the injured, you will realize that NST is the way to go.