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Personal injury law: Getting hurt on the public bus

With the escalating cost of fuel, more people are opting to use public transportation. But when British Columbia residents board the bus to their jobs —  or anywhere for that matter — and they get hurt while doing so, what are their options? When it comes to personal injury law, there are a few things people should do if they can, when they are injured while taking public transportation. 

The first thing to do is to tell the bus driver right away about any injuries and, if the injury is serious, ask that an ambulance be called. Police will usually attend the scene as well when a passenger has been seriously injured. When a passenger has been injured, but not seriously enough to call paramedics, then the passenger should take notes about the incident immediately. The more comprehensive the notes are, the better; if possible, they should include photos and the names of any witnesses along with the bus driver’s name and the bus number, time of the incident, etc.

It is also advisable to get checked out by a medical professional to make sure the injuries aren’t serious. This is especially important if the individual decides to take action and sue. Making an appointment to speak with a personal injury lawyer to get an idea of the options available may also be a wise idea.

British Columbia residents who are injured have the right to speak with a lawyer who is experienced in personal injury law. A lawyer will be able to ascertain who may be liable for the injury. A lawyer can offer an injured client advice on his or her particular case and how to proceed with any legal action.