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Injured bus driver may be entitled to workers' compensation

Twenty individuals were injured after a tour bus in which they were riding crashed into several vehicles, California officials say. The accident happened on a recent Friday afternoon in mid-November. The bus driver, who was among those injured, may be entitled to file for workers' compensation benefits.

The accident occurred near a construction site located in San Francisco's downtown area. According to officials, the driver was operating an open-air, double-decker bus. For reasons that are not entirely clear, the bus driver suddenly began driving erratically for around two blocks before the bus came to a stop at the construction site.

According to the police, the bus collided with a bicyclist, several vehicles and part of the construction site's scaffolding, which then fell on additional cars and other people who were nearby. Some victims were treated for their injuries at the accident's scene, but other individuals, including the bus driver, were rushed to a local hospital, officials say. Although it is not clear what caused the bus driver to drive erratically, police say they are investigating possible mechanical malfunctions as part of standard operating procedure for collisions.

It may be days or weeks before this bus driver can return to his job. During this time, he may spend more time in the hospital and will likely lose pay as well. Fortunately, when California workers are injured while on the job, they are often entitled to submit workers' compensation claims. This type of claim may help with some of the financial difficulties that are often encountered by workers who are injured on the job. Many individuals choose to consult an experienced workers' compensation attorney to assist them with the process of submitting a claim.

Source: abc7news.com, "20 injured in tour bus crash at San Francisco's Union Square", Lyanne Melendez, Katie Marzullo, and Wayne Freedman, Nov. 13, 2015

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