The Role of Pre-Existing Conditions in Car Accident Cases

Illinois injury lawyerIf you have been injured in a car accident and would like to seek compensation for your damages, the other party’s insurance company will likely ask you whether you suffer from any pre-existing conditions. Even though you cannot receive compensation for a condition that existed prior to the accident, you may be able to collect it if you can prove the accident made your condition worse.

What Is a Pre-Existing Condition?

Pre-existing conditions can be physical or mental. Some examples of the most common pre-existing conditions are high blood pressure, heart disease, diabetes, fibromyalgia, herniated discs, back injuries, and depression. Often times, the trauma of car accidents aggravates these conditions.

How to Prove Your Pre-Existing Injury Was Worsened

In order to receive fair and full compensation for your personal injury claim, you must prove that your condition was caused or worsened by the car accident. The most effective way to do so is to obtain detailed medical records about your pre-existing condition.

Your previous medical records will be needed to show that your pre-existing condition occurred before the accident and was worsened by the crash. Keep in mind that you do not have to disclose all of your medical records to the other party’s insurance company. The only records they will need to see are the ones that are relevant to your current injury.

In addition to your previous medical records, you will be required to share your recent medical records with the other party’s insurer. Your recent medical records should show a strong correlation between the accident and your injury. They should include detailed notes from your physician that describe how your pre-existing condition was worsened by the accident.

How Much Compensation Is Available for Aggravated Pre-Existing Conditions?

The amount of compensation you may be eligible to secure for an aggravated pre-existing condition is dependent on the severity of your condition and how it impacted your life prior to the accident. Since insurance companies are in business to make money, they may try to find evidence that suggests the accident has a minimal effect on your health. For this reason, it is important to hire an experienced car accident attorney to represent you and ensure your rights are protected.

Contact Our Hinsdale Car Accident Attorneys

If you are living with a pre-existing condition that was worsened by a car accident, it is in your best interest to contact our DuPage County car accident lawyers. We have the skills and experience necessary to prove that your pre-existing injury was aggravated by an accident and will help you collect the necessary evidence to prove the other party’s negligence. Call us today at 630-920-8855 for a free consultation.


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