How Do Pre-Existing Conditions Impact Claim Value After a Personal Injury?
If you have been injured in an accident, you may be wondering how your pre-existing conditions will impact the value of your claim. In general, pre-existing conditions will not prevent you from recovering compensation for your injuries, but they may reduce the amount of compensation you receive.
How Pre-Existing Conditions Are Considered
Insurance companies consider the severity of injuries, medical expenses, and impact on work and enjoyment of life when evaluating a personal injury claim. Pre-existing conditions are considered, but not as heavily as other factors.
How Pre-Existing Conditions Can Reduce Claim Value
Pre-existing conditions can reduce claim value by:
- Arguing that the accident did not cause the victim’s injuries.
- Reducing compensation for pain and suffering.
- Reducing compensation for lost wages.
What Can You Do to Protect Your Claim Value?
If you have pre-existing conditions, there are a few things you can do to protect the value of your personal injury claim:
- Get medical attention right away.
- Keep detailed records of your medical treatment.
- Get copies of your medical records.
- Be honest with your lawyer about your pre-existing conditions.
If you have been injured in an accident and have pre-existing conditions, it is important to speak with an experienced personal injury lawyer to discuss how your claim may be affected. A lawyer can help you understand your legal rights and options and fight for the full and fair compensation you deserve. If you have been injured in an accident, contact the Law Offices of Kenneth G. Egan to schedule a free consultation. We will review your case and discuss your legal options in detail.