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Bus driver hurt in accident, may seek workers' compensation

A bus driver and two children were taken to a hospital recently following an accident. Police say the accident involved one other vehicle and occurred on a local roadway in Rutherford County. As a result of being injured on the job in Tennessee, the bus driver will likely be entitled to collect workers' compensation benefits.

According to the police, the accident occurred during heavy rain around 7 a.m. on a Wednesday morning in mid-November. According to the bus driver, an SUV was traveling toward the bus in the bus's lane of travel. The driver swerved to avoid a head-on collision.

As a result, the SUV was side-swiped by the bus. Along with the bus driver, two children riding the bus were taken to a local hospital to be treated for reported pain in their heads. The police noted that inclement weather conditions caused a slick road and this, combined with the narrow road, contributed in the cause of the crash.

The extent of the bus driver's injuries is not currently clear. However, when Tennessee workers are injured while working on the job, they are typically entitled to submit a claim for workers' compensation benefits. This claim seeks to aid in lessening some of the financial difficulties that are often experienced by workers who are injured and out of work, including hospital bills, other medical expenses and lost pay. Many individuals who find themselves in a similar situation usually consult with experienced workers' compensation attorneys to assist in preparing and processing the claims.

Source: wgnsradio.com, "School bus accident in Walter Hill", Nov. 18, 2015

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