All kinds of people are involved in car accidents every day, including the elderly and the unwell. Unfortunately, people with pre-existing conditions face unique challenges when it comes to pursuing a claim for compensation. The Niceville car accident lawyers at Powell, Powell & Powell want you to know that you are not alone, and we have the knowledge and experience you need to make a full recovery.
How a Pre-Existing Condition Can Impact Your Claim
Generally speaking, you cannot receive compensation for an injury, illness, or other health condition you had prior to the accident. As a result, any injury or health condition you may have had prior to the accident becomes an easy way to unfairly deny or reduce your claim.
We all agree that you deserve to be compensated only for those injuries caused by your accident. The reality is, however, that even a comparatively minor car accident can exacerbate a pre-existing condition or re-aggravate an old injury. While it may reduce the amount of compensation you are entitled to, it does not prohibit you from pursuing a personal injury claim. The challenge will be in determining what your claim is worth.
Fortunately, the insurance company does not get the final say. Experienced Niceville car accident attorneys know how to determine what amount of compensation you are entitled to and how to build a compelling case.
The Insurance Company Will Review Your Medical Records
It is important to be candid about your pre-existing condition because the insurance company will eventually get access to your medical records. Any attempt to conceal your prior injury or pre-existing condition will jeopardize your claim. As a result, you should always be truthful in responding to any questions the insurance company may have.
That said, insurance companies will try to use your own words against you so that they can deny or reduce your claim. As a result, you must be extremely careful when speaking with any insurance company representatives as even seemingly innocuous questions can undermine your case. In fact, the best thing you can do is hire a lawyer to handle the insurance issues. Experienced Niceville car accident attorneys will know how to navigate the claim process so that you can get the compensation you deserve.
Your Case May Require a Medical Expert
Cases involving pre-existing conditions and prior injuries can be very challenging. Sorting out how much of your injury is due to your accident is difficult and may require testimony from trained medical experts. Unfortunately, many medical professionals are unwilling to get involved in a personal injury case or lack the skill and knowledge necessary to be involved in the legal process. Niceville car accident attorneys typically work with a network of medical professionals who can help you build your case.
Talk to the Niceville Car Accident Attorneys at Powell, Powell & Powell
If you have been injured in a car accident, we can help you get the compensation you need to rebuild your future. To schedule a free consultation, contact us today at 850-682-2757 to discuss your case and how we can help. We are available to meet at any of our convenient locations - Niceville, Fort Walton, Defuniak Springs, Destin, or Crestview,