Being in a bus accident can result in serious injuries, especially if the bus is not equipped with seatbelts. Some of the most common types of bus accident injuries, as well as what you can do if you’re in a bus accident, are listed below.
If you’re in a bus accident and you’re not wearing a seatbelt at the time of the collision, then one of the most crucial parts of your body at risk of being injured is your head. A blow to the head can cause external injuries — like scalp injuries and contusions — as well as internal and traumatic brain injuries, like a concussion. Sometimes injuries may be minor and heal within a few weeks’ time; other times, a traumatic brain injury can be severe enough to impair cognitive function and ability.
Neck and Spinal Cord Injuries
The neck and spinal cord are two other areas of the body that are a high risk of sustaining an injury in a bus accident. Whiplash may occur when the neck snaps forward upon impact and is a less severe neck injury type. If trauma to the spinal column occurs, then injuries can be more serious – a spinal cord injury can result in permanent partial or permanent total paralysis.
Broken Bone Injuries
Broken bone injuries are common in bus accidents. This is especially true if seatbelts are not worn and the victim is thrown from his or her seat. A broken bone injury can occur anywhere in the body and may be serious enough to require surgery or cause permanent impairment.
A severe blow to the body, particularly in the abdominal region, can cause internal damage. Internal organs may bruise, which can lead to internal bleeding. If not addressed immediately, internal bleeding can cause severe complications, including death.
What to Do after Being Injured in a Bus Accident
If you suffered bus accident injuries, then you have the right to legal recourse. You may be able to file a personal injury claim with your insurance company, the bus company’s insurance or another driver’s insurance. If your injuries are severe, a personal injury lawsuit is also possible.
At Cordisco & Saile LLC, we can guide you through how to file a claim and what types of compensation you may be able to recover. To learn more about how we can serve you, call us at 215-642-2335 today or contact us online.