How much am I entitled to if I was hurt while riding a city bus that crashed into another vehicle?
Question Details: I was on a city bus when a pick up truck pulled out in front of the bus we slammed into the side of the pick up causing me to be thrown out of my seat forward into an object that I hit with the right side of my face cutting my lip, also is causing me to have pain and discomfort in my neck and right shoulder. I was briefly unconscious for about 8-10 seconds when I came to I seen the bus driver looking down at me asking me something I couldn't hear him at first. I looked down and saw blood and felt pain in my lip and neck. I stayed lying down until paramedics arrived who then escorted me to a gurney to be taken by ambulance to the emergency room/hospital for evaluation and X-rays.
First, bear in mind that there is no automatic entitlement to anything: you'd have to sue either the city and bus driver, and/or truck driver and company owing the truck, for compensation and prove that one or more of them were driving carelessly or had poorly maintained vehicles (were at fault) in order to get compensation, assuming that no one voluntarily offers you any.
Second, if you were to sue, you'd be entitled to the sum of:
1) You out of pocket (not paid by insurance, etc.) medical costs;
2) Any lost wages from missing work due to the accident;
3) If you suffered serious long lasting or permanent disability, disfigurement, or life impairment, some amount for "pain and suffering," which amount would vary enormously based on the duration and severity of the impairment.
Therefore, there is no general or typical amount you'd get: it depens on the exent of your injuries, bills, and lost wages.