Millions of people use public transportation every year, especially in big cities like Chicago. It’s common sense to expect to be safe on the city’s buses and trains. However, it’s also common sense to expect that some of these millions of travelers will be injured on public transportation. If this happened to you or to a loved one, what you do next could affect your future.
Steps to Take After the Accident
This really depends on what happened. If this is a large-scale incident, first responders may direct you where to go for help. If the incident is small – like spraining your ankle stepping off a bus – it’s more likely you will be responsible for getting help. In any event, you make do the following after being injured on public transportation:
- Alert an Official. Try to tell a guard, police officer, or other staff that you are hurt.
- Get Medical Treatment. It’s often best not to move around after being injured unless you are in an unsafe location. Call for help immediately and ask to be treated. Minor injuries may be treated at the scene, but you may also need to go to the emergency room.
- Document Everything. Write down your recollection of the incident as soon as you are able. Get the names of witnesses and anyone else who assisted at the scene.
- Talk to an Attorney. A personal injury lawyer will be able to assess your case. You may be able to file a claim against an insurance company. It’s even possible you may have to file a lawsuit to be compensated.
If you have been injured on public transportation, what kind of financial recovery can you expect?
Compensation That May Be Available
As with any personal injury case, the damages you claim and the amount you recover depend on the facts of the case. Without learning more about your case, an attorney cannot promise that you will receive anything. That said, personal injury cases often involve the following types of damages:
- Lost income if you were unable to work because of your injury;
- Medical treatment, both now and in the future; and
- Pain and suffering.
If a loved one has died from being injured on public transportation, you may also recover funeral costs and for the loss of future support.
Have You Been Injured on Public Transportation?
If so, compensation may be available. Discuss your potential claim with a qualified attorney to learn more about your options.
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