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Public transportation: Who do I sue if I’m injured?

While commuting to work on a public bus, the driver unknowingly runs through a red light and gets into an accident. Unfortunately, you suffer a serious head injury and wish to file a claim to provide for your medical expenses.

Filing claims against a public entity, in this case, New Jersey public transportation, proves tricky. Hiring an experienced attorney when bringing a claim against the government constitutes a crucial aspect of receiving compensation. You may receive significant payout if the accident proves to have been caused by the bus driver. Know that if you sustain injuries, you hold the right to file a personal injury claim against those who caused your injury.

Public entities in New Jersey

Public transportation gives workers, travelers and tourists the opportunity to drive from one place to another safely. Bus drivers themselves, employed by public transportation groups, act under their scope of employment by operating a bus.

When a bus driver commits a traffic offense, because he or she conducts employment duties through a public organization, a court may find the organization financially responsible for the bus driver’s actions.

Although case situations vary greatly, your first step in obtaining compensation for your injuries includes filing a Notice of Claim against the State of New Jersey within 90 days of the accident. An attorney will aid you in notifying necessary parties, and the court will eventually decide your monetary awards.

Personal injury awards

In a personal injury case involving a public entity, you may be entitled to compensation covering:

  • Your emergency room visit
  • Your initial medical expenses
  • Rehabilitation and ongoing costs
  • Medications
  • Pain and suffering
  • Emotional treatment

Should you be involved in an accident caused by a public employee, seek immediate medical attention. Then, contact an attorney to aid in the collection of data and the development of a claim against the state of New Jersey. Claims against public entities require significant elements, so understanding all aspects of your injury situation is essential to filing claims against the correct parties.

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