It is not uncommon for individuals to have preexisting injuries prior to a
car accident, only to have them aggravated or worsened following their collision. While
many people believe that they are not entitled to receive compensation
for these injuries, this is in fact false.
For example, say you sustained a serious injury to your spine during your
childhood in a bicycle accident, resulting in a bulging disc in your neck.
After extensive x-rays, exams, surgeries, and physical therapy, you are
finally able to recover from your injury and are free of symptoms. 10
years later, you are blindsided by a drunk driver, aggravating your disc
injury and bringing back your symptoms worse than ever before. As a result,
you are forced to re-enter physical therapy and receive several steroid
injections in your neck to cope with the pain. These expenses, as well
as your lost wages, pain and suffering, should be covered by your own
personal injury protection (PIP) coverage or the at-fault driver’s coverage.
You Do Not Have to Be in Perfect Health
The previous example is just one of the many ways that a person can be
in less-than-optimal health prior to a car accident. Whether it be due
to an old injury or simply the natural deterioration of a person’s
body as they age, most people suffer from some sort of preexisting physical
ailment prior to being involved in a car accident. The law understands
this and clearly states that if a car crash worsens or otherwise contributes
to your injuries, you are entitled to compensation for the resulting damages.
Actually proving your injuries were worsened by your collision, however,
is a different matter. For this reason, it is important to consult with
both your doctor and a knowledgeable car accident attorney about your
injuries and your level of symptoms before and after your crash. If you
suffered from any sort of adverse physical condition prior to your car
accident, contact Rochester personal injury attorney Robert King today.
Having been guarding the rights of injured clients for nearly 10 years
and been named a Top 100 Lawyer by The National Trial Lawyers, he can
provide the knowledgeable legal guidance you need to maximize your potential
Call (585) 286-5124 or
contact his office online today to get started.