Teenager struck by bus in Parramatta

Date: Jul 17, 2019

A Parramatta teenager has been hospitalised after being trapped beneath a bus on Sunday evening.

The horrific incident

The 16-year-old girl was allegedly trapped and crushed beneath the bus after it drove onto the footpath around 9.45 p.m., crashing into the bus shelter, further injuring two other pedestrians. The teenager was rushed to Westmead Hospital after being freed around 11 p.m. by emergency services, along with the injured pedestrians and the driver who was being treated for shock. She is reportedly in a critical condition.

What compensation could be claimed for this incident?

The people injured in this event can likely claim compensation. This is regulated under the Civil Liability Act 2002 (NSW). In order for a claim for compensation to be successful, however, a Court will first need to establish that a duty of care was breached from the party they are claiming against. In this instance, either the bus driver or the transport company may be eligible to pay damages as they were negligent in their duty of care – a driver keeping road users safe. That being said, the circumstances around the event have not yet been fully investigated. It might emerge that the driver had a medical event, therefore the claim for negligence may not be feasible.

However, if the claim for negligence succeeded, those injured may be able to seek the following forms of compensation:

  • A payment to cover medical and hospital fees, including physiotherapy.
  • A lump sum to cover pain, suffering and trauma resulting from the incident.
  • A payment to cover loss of wages, including superannuation.
  • Compensation for home modification needed from the injury, including vehicle lifts and wheel chair ramps.

At Gerard Malouf & Partners, we understand the logistics and legalities behind public liability claims, and are dedicated to helping our clients receive the maximum payout they are eligible for. If you have an injury you believe you are owed compensation for, get in touch with our team to further discuss the circumstances of your case.

Call us now on 1800 004 878 to book a free appointment with one of my compensation experts, or email your enquiry.