Girl at surgeryMartin & Colin, P.C. announces a six figure settlement for a passenger injured in a car accident on State Route 84 at the intersection of State Route 23 in the Town of Cairo, County of Greene, and State of New York.

The passenger injured in the automobile accident was a resident of Tarrytown, New York, visiting family members in Greene County in 2013. On her way home, the plaintiff was seated in the rear seat, passenger side, wearing her seatbelt, when her car was struck by another vehicle that failed to yield when entering State Route 23. The front of the vehicle the plaintiff was traveling in made contact with the front left of the other vehicle. The collision of the vehicles was brutal and caused both vehicles to sustain extensive property damage. The plaintiff suffered physical injuries in the car crash. She was transported by ambulance from the scene of the accident to Columbia Medical Hospital emergency room where she made complaints of pain in her neck, shoulder, back and was diagnosed with a broken foot.

A friend of the injured passenger referred her to the injury lawyers at Martin & Colin, P.C. We commenced a lawsuit on the injured victim’s behalf, alleging that the driver of the other car was careless and negligent in the operation of his motor vehicle; in failing to be observant of the surrounding circumstances; and in failing to observe plaintiff’s motor vehicle. We also alleged that the car crash was caused by the other driver’s operation of his car in violation of New York State Vehicle and Traffic Law provisions: NYS VTL 1110 (failure to obtain a traffic control device), NYS VTL 1142 (failure to yield the right of way), and NYS VTL 1143 (failure to yield when entering a roadway).

As the lawsuit progressed, the injured passenger’s back and neck injuries resolved through physical therapy. However, advanced medical testing, including MRIs, revealed that the intense pain in the woman’s left shoulder resulted from a full-thickness rotator cuff tendon tear with impingement. Orthopedic surgery was required. Although the surgery repaired the shoulder injury and ended the pain, the surgery left three permanent scars on her left shoulder.

The injured plaintiff asked her lawyers at Martin & Colin, P.C. to obtain a reasonable settlement if at all possible, rather than take the case all the way through trial. When our experienced car accident lawyers obtained a six figure settlement offer, the plaintiff elected to settle her case without a trial.