Yes, a prior injury can certainly affect the outcome of your Virginia car accident case. It is important to understand that all personal injury cases are unique. The impact of your prior injury depends heavily upon the circumstances, evidence, and details surrounding your health history and recent car accident.
For example, if you suffered a back injury ten years ago but haven’t had symptoms or back treatments for years, it’s likely that your old injury won’t affect your new injury case. However, if you were recovering from a back injury or were suffering from chronic back issues, these facts could impact your car accident case if your back was injured in the wreck.
The bottom line is that you must prove that your current injury—the one you are seeking compensation for—was directly caused by the car accident and someone else’s negligence.
If you are suffering from a preexisting injury at the time of your Virginia car accident, it’s important to be open, honest, and straightforward with your lawyer and to your insurance company so that you receive fair compensation.