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Will a Pre-Existing Injury Affect My Car Accident Claim

How Pre-Existing Conditions Complicate Car Accident Claims

Being involved in a car crash can be frightening, and dealing with insurance companies in the aftermath can make the situation much more stressful and scary. Insurance companies will examine every detail of your claim using a fine-toothed comb. Their job is to look for anything that can offer the lowest possible payout — and in many cases, if a claimant has a pre-existing condition, they will likely use that as a way to deny your claim. Here’s what you need to know.

Common Pre-Existing Conditions That Could Affect Your Claim

If you already have an existing injury, being in a car accident can worsen your injury or cause a flare-up. Here are some common pre-existing conditions that may be exacerbated after a collision:

  • Herniated disc
  • Lower back problems
  • Hernias
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Arthritis
  • Shoulder or knee injuries
  • Brain injuries
  • Broken bones that have healed

How to Handle the Insurance Company

While you may be required to speak to the insurance company about your claim, it’s best to hold off until you first consult with an experienced personal injury lawyer. The insurance company representative is not your friend and may use anything you say against you and jeopardize your claim. It’s also best not to fill out or complete any forms without your attorney's assistance for the best possible outcome.

Injured in a Car Accident? We’re Here For You.

When you already have an existing medical condition that was made worse after being involved in a car accident, it can add to the many stresses you’ve already been dealing with. Our team of attorneys is on your side and ready to fight for the settlement that you deserve. From medical expenses and future costs to lost wages and pain and suffering, we are here to help you move forward after a harrowing ordeal.

Contact Meyerkord & Kurth today at (800) 391-4318 to learn more about recovering compensation for your injuries.
 

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