In our state lawyers automatically get a 1/3 of a settlement and that seems ridiculously high to me in this case because the bus driver was 100% at fault and it will take nothing to prove this but the police report when it is released. I feel that many (not all) lawyers will just take advantage of my son's suffering and I am not keen on going that route, although I am a bit afraid to tackle them by myself.
I have been doing a lot of research and reading about the laws in my state. I want him to be treated with respect and to receive a proper settlement that will cover all future medical care, counseling, and physical therapy he is going to require - plus I'll be honest, this driver was negligent - 100% at fault he could have killed these kids.
I think my son deserves a little something also for the trauma he's endured. He will be MONTHS in a full leg cast and then a boot through no fault of his own. This was an active kid who is now climbing the walls. He has PTSD already and is depressed. I am not an angry person or vengeful, but this is really hard to process and forgive. I think this driver deserves more than just a ticket and job demotion for failure to reduce speed. How do you not see a SEMI right in front of you? - That's his claim he didn't see it slowing down as they started entering a construction zone. Two kids out of this are facing serious injuries and recovery times and the rest are traumatized and dealing with whiplash, cuts, sprains etc etc. SAD and it was so preventable with just a bit of care.... smh.
I don't want to "sue" but I don't trust this bus companies insurance to be totally fair in their settlement either - I guess I am just a bit jaded at this point.