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Can I sue for neuropathy caused by lack of heat on a bus?

Submitted By: Karrie (Mississippi)

I took a bus from Mississippi to North Dakota. While on the bus we made several stops and had layovers in Minnesota. We got on a bus that had no heat (this was in December) and rode for 17 hrs with below freezing temperatures. My feet became very very numb, tingling and painful.

The bus drivers did apologize for how cold it was on the bus. Many passengers called the bus company to complain about how cold it was but nothing happened.

After departing the bus at my destination I thought that once I warmed up my feet would be okay, but even to this day my feet are still numb and very painful. I went to the ER in North Dakota because the pain was so bad. The doctor there said I had neuropathy brought on by the cold. But I had no problem with my feet and legs before I got on this bus.

I know it sounds a little ridiculous this was all caused by a cold bus trip, but I really have pain due to this neuropathy. If it was caused by the cold in the bus for the long trip I think the company has some responsibility. Is there anything I can do about this?

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Answer

Dear Karrie,

According to Medical News Today:

Neuropathy is a collection of disorders that occurs when nerves of the peripheral nervous system (the part of the nervous system outside of the brain and spinal cord) are damaged. The condition is generally referred to as peripheral neuropathy, and it is most commonly due to damage to nerve axons.

Neuropathy usually causes pain and numbness in the hands and feet. It can result from traumatic injuries, infections, metabolic disorders, and exposure to toxins. One of the most common causes of neuropathy is diabetes.”

If the emergency room doctor said your neuropathy was directly caused by the bitter cold, then it appears you have the basis of a personal injury claim against the bus company. Neuropathy is a serious condition. You would be best served by consulting with several personal injuries in your area.

Because the bus company does business in several states, including the one where you embarked and disembarked, any attorney you choose in either state should be able to help. Most personal injury attorneys do not charge for an initial office consultation.

The above is general information. Laws change frequently, and across jurisdictions. You should get a personalized case evaluation from a licensed attorney. Find a local attorney to give you a free case review here , or call (888) 647-2490.

Best of luck,

Published: September 17, 2013

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