How Pre-Existing Conditions Affect Your Personal Injury Claim

  • When you’re hurt by someone else’s carelessness, it’s already tough to get the compensation you need to recover from your losses. It can be even tougher if you were injured previously, and now your suffering has been worsened by the accident. 

    That leaves you dealing with even worse symptoms than before. You need compensation for your injuries, but you’re struggling to overcome more severe pain while proving that these injuries are more severe. Unfortunately, many people find it difficult to address the insurance company or responsible party for their losses because of their pre-existing condition. 

    If you had pre-existing injuries before the accident, you might be struggling now to get the compensation you need. Fortunately, you have options for your recovery.

    Worsened Conditions after an Accident

    In some cases, you might have already been injured some time before. Whether that was whiplash in a previous accident or a lifelong ailment, your injuries might have been there before the accident. Now, though, you’re injured more seriously because of the accident. 

    For example, you might have suffered a spinal problem caused by an earlier injury. Now, though, you’ve been in a car accident that caused your injury to worsen, such as a severed spinal cord. That means you may be unable to walk at all after the accident.

    Because you were already injured, though, your previous injuries will be considered when calculating your claim. Because you weren’t completely healthy before the accident, you might struggle to get the compensation you need for your claim. 

    Proving Your Accident-Related Injuries

    If you’ve been injured in an accident but had previous injuries, the responsible party might use that against you. They may claim that, because you were already injured, you shouldn’t receive additional compensation. 

    That leaves you struggling without the compensation you should have gotten, so it’s important to fight back with your Boise personal injury lawyer. They have the tools to guide you through your claim and build a defense that maximizes your compensation. 

    For example, they can help you get footage, photos, or other physical evidence of your accident. For example, if you were struck by a car, the accident might have been caught on camera by a nearby business’ security cameras. Your lawyer can help you access that evidence and use it for your claim. 

    Seek Help from a Personal Injury Attorney

    If you’re hurt in an accident, you might struggle to get compensation, not because of your personal actions, but because of your previous injuries. The other party may use your pain against you, and that could lead to a more difficult claim. 

    At Craig Swapp & Associates, we’re here to help our clients succeed, whether they were healthy before the accident or whether their injuries were worsened by it. We also offer free consultations, so if you’ve been injured by a careless party, reach out for help.

    To get started, call 1-800-404-9000 or visit us online to learn more.