Car Accident Injuries, Lawsuits and Car Accident Settlements
Car Accident Injuries, Lawsuits and Car Accident Settlements in NY and Long Island
The injuries from automobile accidents can vary greatly, ranging from cuts and bruises to broken bones or loss of limb.
Keep in mind that not all motor vehicle injuries appear right away, so it is important to seek medical attention even if you do not feel injured. The impact from a car crash can cause head injuries, neck injuries, back injuries, upper and lower limb injury and psychological trauma.
Head injuries can be particularly worrisome, especially since they are not always easily diagnosed and can lead to severe or life-altering complications. Automobile accidents are known to cause head injuries such as:
- Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)
- Skull Fractures
- Hematoma (bruising of the brain)
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, car crashes and traffic-related incidents were the second leading cause of Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBIs), accounting for 17.3 % of all occurrences. Auto accidents and traffic-related events are also responsible for the largest percentage of TBI-related deaths. The symptoms of a TBI can appear immediately, but in some cases signs may not appear for days or even months after the accident. For this reason, it’s important to always seek medical attention after a motor vehicle accident, especially if symptoms arise. Symptoms associated with a traumatic brain injury include concussions, headaches, seizures, and dizziness, lack of concentration, memory loss, depression and anxiety.
A head injury can also lead to a skull fracture or a hematoma, which is bruising of the brain.
Neck and Back Injuries
Common injuries that occur in the neck and back include:
- Temporalmandibular Joint (TMJ)
- Disc Injuries (herniated disc, bulging disc, slipped disc, ruptured disc)
Whiplash is a common neck injury from motor vehicle collisions. It is another example of an auto accident injury that does not always cause symptoms right away. Most of the time, whiplash occurs when a car is rear-ended. Signs of whiplash, such as neck pain, back pain, headaches and sensory disturbances (pins and needles) usually become apparent in the days after the accident.
Temporalmandibular joint (TMJ) is an injury that affects the joints and ligaments of the jaw, and can affect a person’s ability to chew and speak. Signs of TMJ include headache, ear pain, crepitus (grinding, crunching, clicking, popping sounds), dizziness, muffled or clogged ears and ringing in the ears (tinnitus).
The impact from a car collision can cause a number of injuries on the back and spine. The spine is made of a series of small bones called vertebrae. In between these vertebrae are discs that give the spine its mobility. A motor vehicle accident can cause these discs to herniate, slip, bulge or rupture-especially when outer skin surrounding the disc (annulus) is torn.
Upper and Lower Limb Injuries
Common auto accident injuries to the upper and lower limbs include:
- Broken Bones
- Stress Fractures
- Loss of Limb
Victims of an automobile accident may also suffer various injuries to the upper and lower limbs, including major breaks, fractures and stress fractures. In some cases, the injury may be even lead to loss of limb or amputation. Broken ribs are also a common injury after a car crash.
Not all injuries from motor vehicle accidents are physical. There can be vast psychological consequences that result from a car accident, especially if there was a fatality. People involved in a motor vehicle accident may suffer from anxiety or conditions such as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), which affects a person’s ability to cope with trauma.
Family members have the right to file a lawsuit on behalf of a loved one involved in a fatal automobile accident. To find out more about getting the best settlement for a wrongful death in a car accident, please contact one of our attorneys.
New York Car Accident Law
Under New York car accident law, a victim must prove two elements in order to receive compensation from a responsible party. One of these elements is "damages." New York has a No Fault statute, and in order to be compensated, a person injured in a car accident must prove that financial damages are in excess of $50,000 or that they have sustained "serious injury."
The New York state legislature defines "serious injury" as a personal injury that results in any one of the following:
- Significant Disfigurement
- Fractures, broken bones
- Loss of a fetus, unborn child
- Permanent loss of use of a body organ, member, function or system
- Permanent consequential limitation of use of a body organ or member
- Significant limitation of use of a body function or system
Or a medically determined injury or impairment of a non-permanent nature which prevents the injured person from performing substantially all of the material acts which constitute such person's usual and customary daily activities for not less than ninety days during the one hundred eighty days immediately following the occurrence of the injury or impairment.
Car accident Settlements
After being injured or after having damages or losses due to car accident, you may be considering filing a lawsuit. The situations of the victim, the vehicles involved, and the causes of the accident may be very diverse.
Car accident overview
Some of the classical situations to take into account include:Being a passenger or a pedestrian involved in an auto accident Driving a specific kind of vehicle from bicycle, motorcycle, or automobile, The diversity of in the places, conditions, and causes of the accident: Intersection accident, failure to yield, car collision, multiple car collision, rear end collision… The specificity of situations involving Truck Accident, Bus Accidents and Train accident. Some driver conditions which may make the situation worse: DUI Car accidents, Uninsured driver, Underinsured driver, Teen drivers, Distracted driving…
In all cases, our personal injury lawyers will determine the applicable laws, rules and regulations.
Automobile accident settlement:
A usual car accident settlement takes into account
- The full information collected since the scene of the accident
- The evidences and the investigations collected by experts called by our attorneys in order to better assess the fault, the liabilities, and the financial consequences of the injuries and the damages due to the accident.
- Then the consequences in terms of injuries, medical expenses, lost income, and health consequences (pain and suffering).
The evaluation of the compensation may be complex but in all cases Parker Waichman Personal injury attorneys have the required expertise and experience dealing with aggressive insurance companies trying to reduce levels of liability and / or amounts of settlements.Legal Help for New York and Long Island Car Accident Victims
Seek legal help from one of our qualified auto accident injury lawyers before accepting any kind of settlement. The experienced attorneys at Parker Waichman LLP are dedicated to making sure you receive the compensation you and your family deserve. Our firm is servicing numerous counties in New York and Long Island, including:
- New York
- New York City
- Suffolk County
- Nassau County
- Port Washington
- Staten Island Bronx
- Suffolk County
- Nassau County
- Port Washington
- Glen Cove
- Oyster Bay
- Long Beach
- Garden City
- Great Neck
- North Hempstead
- East Hampton
- Stony Brook
If you or a loved one were injured in an automobile accident, you may have valuable legal rights. Please fill out our online form or call one of our experienced car accident injury lawyers today at 1(800)-YOURLAWYER (1-800-968-7529).