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If you or a loved one are injured in a car accident in the Catskills, it’s enough to have to contend with the physical injuries.
When you take into account the emotional pain and suffering and the stress of mounting medical bills, the situation can easily appear to be dire if you are struggling to meet the costs.
While a compensation claim won’t help you recover any quicker from the physical injuries, it can help with the economic situation, the mental strain, and the sense of injustice you may feel.
Get experienced legal help from a Catskills car accident lawyer at the The Law Offices of Evan W. Kohn if you have been involved in a car accident in Catskills and need to file for compensation – starting with a free case evaluation.
Experienced car accident attorney serving the Catskills and surrounding areas
If your injuries are a result of a car accident that was at least partly the fault of another party, you are entitled to file a lawsuit for compensation.
After car accidents, the insurance companies are often quick to initiate contact and to try and organize a settlement that is in their favor. They may act in bad faith, try to minimize losses, and may use pressure strategies to get you to sign an agreement immediately.
Car accident attorney Evan W. Kohn is experienced at helping injured victims in the Catskills area seek fair restitution – and that means not bowing to pressure from loss adjusters at insurance companies.
He will explain your legal options, answer your questions, and handle all communications with the insurance company. This eases the pressure on you and allows you to focus on healing while we handle your compensation claim.
Car accident hotspots in the Catskills
The Catskills is one of the busiest areas in the state for traffic and that, unfortunately, makes it a prime location for accidents.
When accidents occur on the main highways like the I-88, I-84, and I-87 (The Schuylkill Expressway) there is a high chance of serious injury because of the speeds involved. Multiple-vehicle pile-ups are more likely on these highways, for instance.
There is also a high proportion of large commercial vehicles like freight-carrying trucks using these highways. An accident involving an 18-wheeler greatly heightens the chance of serious injury occurring.
The heavy construction work that the highways experience doesn’t help, increasing the risk of an accident occurring.
Types of auto accident injury cases we handle
The most common injuries our Catskills car accident lawyer deals with include the following:
Broken bone injuries
Bone fractures are very common injuries in car accidents. They range in severity from minor breaks lasting a few weeks to major compound fractures that may require surgery and aggressive physiotherapy for a full recovery.
Traumatic brain injuries
Traumatic brain injuries vary from a mild concussion, which may pass after a few days, to life-altering injuries that cause partial or total paralysis. Brain injuries can cause a multitude of physical and psychological problems and need urgent medical attention.
Neck and back injuries/whiplash
The forces involved in car accidents, especially at high speed, frequently jolt the upper body. The neck and back are susceptible to injuries such as muscle or tendon strains, fractured vertebrae, etc. Whiplash can lead to extreme pain, headaches, numbness, and other debilitating symptoms that should not be downplayed.
Broken glass is a common feature of car accidents. In addition to the serious blood loss that can result from deep cuts, we often see lacerations to the face and neck area that cause permanent and disfiguring scars, even after plastic surgery.
When gasoline and other chemicals spark during a car accident and the vehicle goes up in flames, serious burns can result. The pain from burn injuries can persist and you may be left with a permanent visible reminder of the injuries after skin grafts.
The loss of a limb is a terrible price to pay as a victim of a road accident. Whether it is severed in the accident or amputated according to medical advice, the resulting disability can have devastating effects on all aspects of life – from work to leisure and relationships.
Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
PTSD is not only suffered by soldiers returning from war. It is common for car accident victims to relive their traumatic event and suffer debilitating symptoms such as depression and anxiety for months if it is not diagnosed and treated. Sometimes, psychological injuries can be worse than physical injuries.
What are the most common causes of car crashes in the Catskills?
Accidents happen for a multitude of reasons. If yours was at least partly due to the negligence, carelessness, or recklessness of another party and you sustained injuries, you can expect some form of compensation.
Road-users in the Catskills, like everywhere, have a duty of care to other road users and must drive responsibly and with the safety of others in mind. Failure to do so could be considered negligent.
Manufacturers also have a duty of care to their customers to provide safe vehicles, free of dangerous defects. State highway maintenance officials have a duty of care to look after the safety of road users.
Each of the following scenarios could lead to a serious accident injury where a claim of negligence could be brought against a third party, whether driver, manufacturer or state highway officials:
- Speeding or ignoring other traffic laws/signs
- Becoming distracted by passengers or scenery
- Falling asleep at the wheel
- Talking or texting on a mobile phone
- Eating or drinking behind the wheel
- Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs
- A vehicle that malfunctions due to a flaw in design or production
- A dangerous roadway with no effort given to eliminate hazards and/or alert drivers
Book a free consultation with our Catskills car accident attorney
If you or a loved one has been injured on the roads, our experienced Catskills car accident lawyer can help you claim compensation for medical expenses, lost earnings, damage to your vehicle, pain and suffering, and more.
Many insurance companies play hardball with victims and will not pay adequate compensation unless threatened with a lawsuit.
Let us handle communications with the insurance company and negotiate a settlement that is truly in your best interests – or represent you at trial if necessary.
Call The The Law Offices of Evan W. Kohn at 1-800-750-4878 for a free case evaluation.