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Car Accidents

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Despite new safety features being added to cars every year, motor vehicle accidents are an unfortunate fact of life on Long Island. We have to deal with a lot of traffic and long commutes, which increase our chances for an auto accident to happen. Distracted driving from GPS and cell phone use and texting is a major factor.

I handle all types of car crash cases, including pedestrian knock-down, hit to rear, t-bone, sideswipe and fatal highway accidents.

I have helped people who have sustained the following types of injuries after a car accident:

  • Herniated Cervical Disc Requiring Surgery
  • Herniated Lumbar Disc Requiring Surgery
  • Nerve Damage - Radiculopathy
  • Torn Meniscus requiring surgery
  • Rib Fractures
  • Torn Rotator Cuff requiring surgery
  • Facial Lacerations
  • Head Lacerations with associated hair loss
  • Traumatic Brain Injury
  • Severe Post-Concussion Syndrome
  • Fractured Wrist Requiring Bone Stimulator
  • Fractured Hand Requiring Plate and Screws
  • Fractured Foot and Heel Requiring Multiple Surgical Procedures

Many car accidents result in what insurance company representatives like to dismiss as "soft-tissue" injuries. Some of these injuries include herniated and bulging discs with associated nerve pain and radiculopathy or neuropathy. I can tell you first-hand that these injuries are harder to recover from than simple fractures (not requiring surgery) or lsimple lacerations. So-called "soft-tissue" injuries can affect your daily activities for years. Since my car accident in 2012, I still have residual numbness in my toe and occasional searing pain in my lumbar spine. I still seek treatment from various medical providers on an as-needed basis when I have flare-ups. While these cases are more difficult to litigate, I will review your objective medical evidence with your doctor to determine whether you can beat a serious injury threshold motion to dismiss.

How soon should you contact a lawyer to assist you after you have been in a car accident? My answer is always "as soon as possible". This is because the insurance companies have already started aggressively working on your action to protect their interests and to find ways to pay out as little as possible. Even though you might not be ready to sue, you need a lawyer to guide you through the complex no-fault insurance process and to fend off the negligent driver's insurance company, which will try to get you to take a check within a week of your accident, without knowing the extent of your injuries. I have already dealt with this from Progressive Insurance Company on more than one occasion. If you take that settlement check, your case is over before you have even found out the extent of your injuries.

When you hire my firm, you are teaming up with a lawyer who has worked on the inside of the insurance companies and knows their tactics and strategies. You are also working with a lawyer who understands what you have been through, as I was involved in my own serious car accident on the Long Island Expressway Service Road. I know what it is like to be a victim, and I know how to help you put your life back together.

Client Reviews
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What do I think about Jeena? Well, she is just awesome. In all seriousness, I have known Jeena for several years through the Greater NYC legal community and have worked with her on matters. She is a knowledgeable, compassionate and passionate advocate. I recommend her without hesitation. Cari Rincker
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Jeena Belil has been instrumental with retrieving payments for no fault claims that were either short paid or not paid at all to me as a provider. As a Personal Injury Attorney, she has helped several of my patients during the worst time in their life after a motor vehicle accident. I do not hesitate to call her for her services and definitely recommend her to anyone who would need her expertise. Kris Johnston
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I know Jeena as a colleague through several solo and small firm attorney listservs. She is consistently responsive to inquiries and ready to share her expertise and insight to help others. God forbid I'm ever in an accident in New York, but if I am I will be calling Jeena. Deborah Matthews