If you have a previous injury that is aggravated after a car accident in Florida, what are your rights? Can you collect damages for medical bills incurred even though you already have a pre-existing condition? Can you collect ongoing payments for your long-term injury if it gets worse as a result? Only an experienced personal injury lawyer can help you figure out what is rightfully yours and fight the insurance companies to get it.
Many people suffer from pre-existing conditions at the time of an accident. Common injuries that can be aggravated by such an event include: arthritis, head and neck injuries, back injuries (herniated disks, bulging disks, spinal cord injuries, etc.), knee and hip injuries and more. Sometimes, though, an insurance adjustor will claim that your pre-existing condition precludes you from receiving compensation for your injuries.
Making Your Case Stronger
Generally speaking, the driver who is at fault for an auto accident is liable for paying for medical bills, lost wages and/or pain and suffering caused during the collision, even for people with pre-existing injuries. Proving new aggravation of old injuries can be tricky, though, and there are a few things you can do to improve your chance at recovery:
– Be sure to seek medical attention right after an accident.
– List all pre-existing conditions with your doctor or medical professional immediately after an auto accident.
– Carefully document all of your symptoms, doctor’s visits and other medical attention received after the accident. This documentation can help distinguish old health problems from new ones caused as a result of the accident.
Contact a lawyer as soon as you’ve been in a car accident. The insurance companies may offer you a settlement or they may deny your claim altogether. The only way to know if you’re getting what is fair is to speak to a legal professional today.