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Understanding Pre-Existing Injuries and Your Personal Injury Claim

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Your car accident might have been the scariest and most complex experience that you have ever endured, and you’re glad that it’s over – but is it ever really over until you have moved forward with the compensation you deserve? For those who have pre-existing injuries, it is sometimes very difficult to imagine that you will be able to receive the damages you feel you deserve in a car accident case such as medical bills incurred, lost wages, and many other aspects that will help you back on your feet once more. You don’t want a past injury to hold you back from that.

Understanding Pre-Existing Injuries and Your Personal Injury ClaimPre-existing injuries are one of the only difficult aspects that can make it harder for you to receive a fair amount of compensation for your injuries after you have been able to show that another driver could possibly be at fault for your claim. You might find that an insurance company calls your injuries into question, as they might not want to pay out a full amount to care for your injuries. They might bring up the fact that you have been previously injured and so the old injuries simply must have caused the new ones. They will use these aspects to possibly deny your claim altogether, which means that you will need the help of an attorney on your side.

When a Car Accident Worsens Your Injuries 

How you want to prove your claim is by showing that a car accident aggravated your personal injuries. If you can show that yes, you did have injuries, but they only increased in intensity since the accident, you might be able to receive the compensation you deserve to move forward. But how do you show this?

  • Pre-existing injuries worsened and required new surgeries and additional medical treatment on several levels
  • You are now experiencing worsened pain due to your injuries
  • The injuries now affect your ability to do many things in your everyday life as they have never done in the past

Because these claims can get out of hand and you might find yourself in a difficult position where it seems impossible to gain the compensation you deserve, it is crucial that you speak with an attorney. You might feel hesitant about telling others about your past injuries but, with insurance companies digging for information, there is no doubt that they will find this information and attempt to soil your claim.

You never want to hide your pre-existing injuries, but instead, provide specific details about your injury so that you can show how they have worsened over time. Showing a timeline will guide you in the right direction and help you work toward compensation as you show that the accident led to worsened injuries. It’s all in the details.

How We Can Help

Our experienced personal injury attorneys in West Virginia at Katz Kantor Stonestreet & Buckner believe that it is imperative that you seek the experienced help of an attorney when you have been injured in an accident. If the medical bills continue to pile up and your injuries leave an impact on your life, you don’t want to avoid working toward the compensation you deserve. We are here for you every step of the way, so do not hesitate to contact us for more information at 304-431-4050.

Katz, Kantor, Stonestreet & Buckner, PLLC is located in Princeton and Charleston, WV and serves clients in and around such cities as well as southern West Virginia including but not limited to the counties of Mercer, McDowell, Raleigh, Summers, Monroe, Kanawha and Wyoming.

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