Upper West Side Car Accident Lawyer

Manhattan’s glittering Upper West Side is home to major cultural institutions and dwellings of the rich and celebrated. It is also a uniquely congested area, filled not only with cars and trucks but large numbers of pedestrians, cyclists, and even horses and carriages.

No matter where you were seriously injured by the negligent or reckless actions of another driver, it is critical to hold that person responsible for the harm they caused. Because of their actions, you are in pain, may have lost mobility, and cannot work until your injuries heal.

The Upper West Side car accident lawyers at Douglas and London will fight aggressively on your behalf and can help you receive the maximum compensation for your injuries. While most cases are settled out of court, we are ready to go to trial, if necessary.

Car accident injuries

Car accident injuries run the gamut from temporarily to permanently disabling. Such injuries include:

  • Broken bones
  • Head trauma
  • Spinal cord injuries
  • Burns
  • Disfigurement
  • Back and soft tissue injuries

Even if you do not initially think you were badly hurt in the accident, it is imperative to seek immediate medical attention. Failure to do so, and to then follow doctor’s orders, can negatively affect your claim. The other party’s insurance company will allege your injuries are less serious if you did not visit a healthcare provider promptly after the collision, and may even try to blame your injuries on another cause.


Even low-impact car crashes, especially for the occupants of a rear-ended vehicle, can result in serious consequences. Whiplash, formally known as cervical acceleration-deceleration syndrome (CADS), occurs when a person’s head is jerked back and forth violently and is a common car accident injury. While most cases of whiplash resolve within a few months, for some people, the pain and mobility loss is long-term.

Car accident damages

In New York, car accident damages may include compensation for:

  • Medical expenses, current and future
  • Lost wages
  • Property damage
  • Pain and suffering
  • Loss of quality of life

The amount of compensation depends on several factors, including the severity of the injuries and the patient’s long-term prognosis. Insurance companies want to pay as little as possible in claims, as that is their business model. Never agree to a settlement amount with an insurance company before retaining legal counsel. A car accident lawyer at our firm knows a fair settlement amount for their client’s needs and works hard to protect your rights. 

New York courts

A personal injury case resulting in a car accident is heard in a certain court, depending on the amount of damages involved. If the damages are under $25,000, the case is heard in New York Civil Court. When damages exceed that amount, the case may go before the New York County Supreme Court.

Contact Upper West Side car accident lawyers If you were injured in a car accident due to another driver’s actions or inactions, you need the services of an experienced car accident attorney at Douglas and London. Call or text us at any time or contact us online to schedule a free consultation. We will review the circumstances of your case and advise you going forward. Our dedicated attorneys have recovered millions of dollars for car accident victims. There is never a fee unless we win.