Having a pre-existing injury and moving forward with a personal injury claim after a car accident can be a difficult situation. You can expect the pre-existing injury to affect your case, but each case is unique. If you are concerned that your pre-existing injury will affect your car accident case, consult with an attorney.
First, you need to prove your injuries are the result of the car accident and separate from the pre-existing injury. If the injury is a ten year old knee injury that has not required treatment or medical attention in several years, you may be in the clear. If it is a more recent injury, you need to work with an attorney who will help you establish that your injuries from the car accident are not connected to your old injuries.
In this instance, it is important to be honest with your attorney. YOU are the victim of a car accident and your pre-existing injuries are not something that you should hold back. A good personal injury attorney will work with you and help you make your case to the insurance company. On the other side of the issue, if you try to hide your pre-existing injury, the insurance company can and will find out. The old injuries will come to light, and you want your attorney to be prepared and speak about your case with authority.
If you have been in a car accident in Virginia, you can download a FREE PDF of Ben Glass’s Book Five Deadly Sins That Can Wreck Your Injury Claim. You can also get more information by calling (703)584-7277 and speaking to a BenGlassLaw team member.