How a Pre-Existing Condition Can Affect Your Auto Accident Claim

February 2, 2021

If you have been involved in an accident, the first thing to remember is that your insurance company is not on your side. They are in business to make money, and to do this, they will try to give you the lowest settlement possible. 

If you have suffered injuries resulting from a car accident and have pre-existing injuries, don’t let the insurance company talk you into an inadequate settlement. Instead, let the experienced Bethlehem accident attorneys at Drake, Hileman & Davis handle your claim. We have the experience and understanding of the law regarding pre-existing injuries and will help you recover all of the compensation you deserve. If you have been involved in any type of accident resulting in injuryserious injury, or even death, the Bethlehem accident lawyers can help.

How Can My Insurance Company Use My Pre-Existing Injury Against Me?

One of the ways insurance companies try to minimize claims is by examining your medical records for pre-existing conditions so they can argue that these conditions are the actual cause of your car accident injuries rather than the accident itself. 

For example, back injuries are quite common. Let’s say you injured your back several years ago. Any type of back injury you suffered due to your car accident may be ignored or minimized by the insurance company. At best, they may argue that the car accident only “aggravated” the pre-existing condition, using this argument to justify a low-ball settlement offer.

How Can I Protect Myself from My Insurance Company’s Tactics?

Your best option is to contact our Bethlehem accident attorneys. They understand the law, which specifically allows for the recovery of damages caused by the aggravation of pre-existing conditions in a car accident case. Specifically, the law states that the insurance company must compensate you for all injuries resulting from a car accident, even if a pre-existing medical condition was made worse by the accident.

To recover compensation for the aggravation of a pre-existing injury, it is essential to show how much worse your injuries are post-accident. If you had minor back pain before your auto accident, and your back pain is much worse after the accident, you need to show the increase of your injuries through medical records and examinations.

Contact a Bethlehem Accident Attorney at Drake, Hileman & Davis for Help With Your Accident Claims

Our Bethlehem accident lawyers can help you gather all of the necessary medical records and documentation to show any aggravation of a pre-existing injury. They have the experience and knowledge of the law required to prove your claim.

Contact us for further information and to schedule your free consultation.