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New York car accident victim receives settlement for 2008 crash

Car accidents can begin and end in a matter of seconds, but for those who suffer a serious injury as a result of a crash, the problems can last for years afterward. A car accident victim who becomes disabled to the point of not being able to return to work must not only deal with the lingering physical pain of an injury, but the financial struggle of lost wages.

A man from Port Richmond, Staten Island, knows this struggle all too well. It was May 2008 when he and his co-workers were involved in an accident on their way to work. The van they were traveling in was in Roslyn, New York, when a car pulling out from a driveway collided with the side of their vehicle.

The man was rushed to a hospital by ambulance after the crash after suffering a torn knee ligament. By itself, such an injury doesn't seem terribly severe; people who play recreational sports undergo similar knee surgery at a fairly high rate. But for this man, who made his living doing manual labor, it signaled the end of his career. Since that crash more than four years ago, he has been unable to work. And although he received some benefits through workers' compensation, he was turned down for other benefits that would have allowed him to stay financially afloat.

It wasn't until his recent win in Staten Island's state Supreme Court that the man saw some recourse for the accident. Although it took four years to gain, a settlement of nearly $365,000 will ensure that the man won't fall into further financial ruin as a result of another driver's unpredictable actions.

Source: silive.com, "Staten Island man awarded $365,000 in accident settlement," John M. Annese, Aug. 30, 2012

· Our firm handles situations similar to the one described in this post. To learn more about our practice, visit our New York and New Jersey car accident page.

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