When you put your child on a school bus, you assume that he or she will make it to and from their destination without incident. Unfortunately, there are times when a school bus is involved in an accident.
If your child is injured in a bus accident, it can be a challenge to understand your rights. While you care about nothing more than your child’s overall level of health, there may come a point when you realize you have suffered a financial loss.
In the event of a bus accident, it is possible to file a claim against the driver, the school district, or another driver who caused the accident. If you feel the school district was responsible in any way, it is possible to file a civil suit in hopes of collecting personal injury damages.
What is Sovereign Immunity?
School districts, just the same as the government, are granted sovereign immunity due to their standing as a political subdivision.
For this reason, it is more challenging to file a lawsuit. As challenging as it may be, there are types of lawsuits that can be filed against a school district for an injury suffered by a student.
A Long Process
While you may be in a hurry to file a lawsuit and collect compensation, you must remain patient. This can be a long, tedious process that drags on for a year or longer. In most cases, you are required to file a formal complaint with the school district before ever considering your legal options.
There are times when a school district can be held responsible for a bus accident. It is likely that you don’t have much experience with this area of the law, so it is important to consult with an experienced legal team. Over the years, we have helped many parents receive compensation as the result of a bus accident that injured their child.