What Do I Do if My Child Has Been in an Bus Accident?

It’s every parents’ nightmare: their child was in a bus accident on their way home from school. The accident can range from a simple fender bender to an all-out collision on the highway. Either way, parents of the accident victims will no doubt feel a rush of absolute horror when hearing the news. Are their children okay? Should they visit the school? Or go to the site of the accident? What should they do while their child is being recovered from the wreckage? Here are a few steps to take in to best prepare for these tough events.

Stay Calm

Take a deep breath and try to settle your racing heart. While situations like these bring out a multitude of emotions, the best thing you can do for your child is to stay calm. A clear mind will allow you to communicate effectively with doctors, nurses, school administration and staff, making the acquiring of information easier and a little less stressful than usual. If you can visit your child, remember that they will be looking to you for support. Keeping calm will help keep your child calm and more willing to be worked on by professionals.

Seek Medical Attention

Regardless of the severity of the accident or injury, always insist on medical attention when your child has been in an accident. Some injuries are hard to see under the surface, such as brain injuries, internal bleeding, or bruised ribs. While your child is being seen, take notes of any symptoms or a diagnosis, and ask the doctor any questions you might have. As your child recovers, follow up with the physician to ensure your child is recovering at the appropriate pace. You’ll also want to keep any medical paperwork should your child be absent from school or if you’ll be speaking to an accident attorney.

Gather Evidence and Be Cautious

School bus accidents place educational institutions and administration under high stress. Staff will be keeping an eye out for any lawsuit that may arise due to a school bus accident. Some may even attempt to absolve the driver, school, or other involved parties by having parents sign paperwork or make a statement to do so. Exercise caution, do not sign anything given to you by the school regarding the school bus accident, make sure your words are neutral and cannot be used against you in court, and reach out to an experienced accident attorney to review your accident case.

Outside of collecting medical paperwork, make sure to also keep track of any other related bills as they come in. Take pictures of your child’s injuries as well. If you can visit the accident site, take pictures of the accident and see if you can also get witness statements from parents or children who witnessed the crash. If you’re working with an attorney, this evidence could greatly help in court.

Has your child been in a school bus-related accident and you’re unsure where to turn? When the Modesto personal injury lawyers at Arata, Swingle, Van Egmond & Goodwin take you on as a client, we focus on carrying the burden of protecting your legal rights and bringing those that did you harm to justice, so you can concentrate on healing and getting your life back on track.

Staying Safe During the California Wildfires

Wildfires have devastated California’s forests once again. This frequency is causing homeowners to prepare their homes and their families for the worst. If you live in an area prone to this natural disaster, here are some steps to take in order to keep your property and yourself safe.

Before the Fire:

It is highly encouraged to clear any debris or dry matter around your home in order to limit fuel for spreading fires. Make sure to:

  • Remove dried leaves and pine needles.
  • Remove any vines that are on the side of the property.
  • Have enough garden hose available to reach any part of the property and make the hose easily accessible to rescue teams/firefighters.

It is also encouraged to build a safety plan with family. Make sure all family members are aware of evacuation routes, meeting spots, and emergency procedures should the worst happen. This can lessen stress when evacuating and further help designated drivers to be more aware of their surroundings. It is also recommended to create an emergency safety kit should you be displaced from the property for more than a day.

After the Fire:

If you were injured during the wildfire, seek help as soon as you can. While minor burns can be treated by some first aid kits or basic medical supplies, for more severe burns, it is recommended to seek professional help. You can file an insurance claim due to injury during a natural disaster, so prepare any documentation necessary. While it will be tempting to return to the property as soon as possible, resist the urge and wait until it is safe or the all clear has been given for your area. Once you have access to the property, document any damage and contact your insurance company immediately.

If you’re having trouble pushing a claim through, reach out to an attorney for assistance. Arata, Swingle, Van Egmond and Goodwin can help you with your personal injury claims after a natural disaster. The last thing you need during such a trying time is getting the run around on your claims. Let us help ease the stress so you can focus on your personal healing.

Do Work Injuries Contribute to the Opioid Painkiller Epidemic?

For some time now, the opioid painkiller epidemic has been growing throughout the US. When people think of drug epidemics, illegal drug use usually comes to mind first. While illegal drug use does contribute to the painkiller epidemic, legal painkiller use, such as those prescribed for work injuries is also playing a part in the continued growth of painkiller addiction in America.

How Are Work Injuries Leading to Painkiller Addiction?

Work injuries can often be catastrophic, such as severe back injuries, carpal tunnel syndrome, amputation, traumatic brain injuries (TBI) and broken bones. Therefore, after suffering such injuries, workers are many times prescribed pain relievers in the form of opioids.

In many cases, following a workplace accident, employees are prescribed opioids to relieve the pain of their work injury. Unfortunately, in the process, injured workers can end up being over-prescribed opioid painkiller or in some cases, unnecessarily prescribed pain-relieving medication. As a result of being prescribed opioids unnecessarily or being over-prescribed painkillers, injured workers can become addicted to these types of drugs, which can lead to overdose or even death.

At Arata, Swingle, Van Egmond & Goodwin, our work injury lawyers are dedicated to ensuring work injury victim get the assistance they need after an on-the-job accident. The work accident attorneys at our law firm will be there for you throughout the process. We will help you apply for workers’ compensation benefits and make sure you receive the medical treatment you need. We strive to ensure you are properly cared for both in the short term and long term following your injury.

What Are Lawmakers Doing to Prevent Sexual Harassment?

Modesto Personal Injury Lawyers Escalon pic2As more and more sexual assault and harassment allegations come out involving embattled Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein, female politicians in California are joining forces to help make changes they hope will prevent sexual harassment.

How California Lawmakers Plan to Prevent Sexual Harassment

Per The Sacramento Bee, over 140 female lawmakers, lobbyists and political consultants released an open letter condemning California’s lack of checks and balances when it comes to sexual harassment and sexual assault. The letter calls on “good men” to believe sexual assault and harassment victims and have their backs in the fight to bring their abusers to justice.

Christine Pelosi, who is the chairwoman of the California Democratic Party Women’s Caucus, is calling on the California Legislature to publicly disclose any sexual assault or harassment claims involving lawmakers. In addition, Pelosi would like to see an independent commission formed to investigate those claims.

The Modesto employment lawyers at Arata, Swingle, Van Egmond & Goodwin have been fighting for the rights of the victims and sexual harassment and abuse for years.

What Happens If a Driver with a Suspended License Causes a Car Accident?

Passenger Injured in a Car AccidentPeople can have their driver’s licenses suspended for all kinds of reasons. In some cases, if the state has a points system and a driver gets too many points for traffic violations within a certain amount of time, his or her license can be suspended. In other situations, a driver may have been pulled over for one major violation, such as driving without insurance or driving while intoxicated, and had his or her license suspended for that reason. However, no matter the reason, a person with a suspended license has no business being behind the wheel.

Recently, The Union Democrat published an article about a woman who was driving with a suspended license who caused a head-on collision. Reportedly, she was on probation for starting the Willow Fire in Calaveras County and driving under the influence (DUI) without a license. She was injured in the crash and as of this writing, was in critical but stable condition at University of California, Davis, Medical Center. She will reportedly be cited for driving without a license.

How Injury Lawyers Help Car Accident Victims and Their Families

Following a car wreck, your life can be turned upside down. The last thing you want to be worrying about is pursuing a legal claim. Instead, you just want to concentrate on healing and being there for your family. Therefore, it may be best for you to speak with a car accident lawyer in the aftermath of your auto crash. An attorney can carry the burden of handling your legal claim, including holding those at fault for your pain and suffering accountable and securing the financial help you need for hospital bills, loss of income, rehabilitation costs, damage to your vehicle and physical therapy.

When the Modesto personal injury lawyers at Arata, Swingle, Van Egmond & Goodwin, take you on as a client, we focus on carrying the burden of protecting your legal rights and bring those who did you harm to justice, so you can concentrate on healing and getting your life back on track.