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Injured in a School Bus Wreck…

Submitted By: Blasent (Clarendon, Jamaica)

I was hit by a vehicle from behind our school bus when he overtook a line of traffic around a corner. The driver is responsible and has pleaded guilty to careless/reckless driving. I have a broken arm/broken leg with 4 pins in leg interlocking. I now walk with a limp.

I have been out of school for one year, I’m a boarder at a prominent high school and could not be accommodated to deal with the facilities. Minus that I will not be able to play football for quite some time if ever again.

I play dacosta cup for my school and will be graduating one year later than my friends. Because of this accident I was made to repeat class 10.

Do you have any advice on what I should do to get justice?

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Answer

Dear Blasent,

Pain and suffering, as a term, takes into consideration many factors such as those you described. The problem is that they are not all compensable. While the relative inconvenience of an auto accident is a factor, it is difficult to put a dollar figure on the items you described.

What is compensable is your injury which will yield (most likely) a baseline dollar figure attributed to the accident itself.

The other items you discussed will help you to increase the settlement but may not, in themselves be attributed to an exact dollar amount.

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 3, 2011

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