In 2011, a man in Queens was involved in what seemed to be a simple accident. He was driving a 2002 Chevrolet Camaro, heading to work in Long Island City, and he was rear-ended. The truck that hit him was being operated for the Brooklyn Bottling Corp.
The man hit his head in the crash, but the injury didn't seem serious. Pictures of the car show very little damage—just a small dent in the rear fender—and the truck doesn't appear damaged in the least. All in all, it looked like an average fender-bender, and the man didn't even tell his wife about it right away, thinking it was no big deal.
However, he started acting differently after the crash. He complained about neck pain and stiffness. He had headaches. He needed to take naps more often. On top of that, he was having trouble eating.
Two days after the crash, he got in the car and drove to Jamaica Hospital to check himself in. When he got there, the left side of his body was numb and paralyzed, and he couldn't get out of the vehicle. He was treated for hemiparesis and bleeding on the brain, but he died a few days later.
Initially, the trucking company said that it was not responsible, claiming the man had not died because of the accident, but because of a stroke. The family sued, however, and a settlement was reached. They will get $10 million.
Not all injuries suffered in car accidents are visible, but that doesn't mean they aren't serious or costly. No matter how they were hurt, those who have been injured in Albany need to know their rights to compensation.
Source: New York Daily News, "Family of Queens dad who died days after accident gets $10M settlement," Christina Carrega-Woodby, Feb. 15, 2016