Car crashes happen far too often and can result in a large variety of injuries and discomfort. Furthermore, a car accident trauma can be even more devastating for a person already coping with pre-existing injuries or conditions. People involved in car crashes who also have pre-existing injuries often worry that insurance companies will hold their injuries against them. However, that doesn’t have to be the case.
Naturally, insurance companies will do their best to give you the smallest amount possible for your claim. When a person dealing with injuries before their accident files a claim, the insurance company will try to downplay the accident’s effect on those injuries. In some cases, a car crash may have little to no impact on pre-existing conditions. In others, the consequences could be drastic.
When making a claim involving pre-existing injuries, your settlement amount will reflect the degree to which the accident exacerbated your injuries. This is why you must be open and honest about your medical history throughout the entire process. When speaking with your lawyer, insurance companies, the other drivers’ attorneys, or anyone else involved with your case, you must be completely honest about your current and past medical condition. Suppose you attempt to falsify or withhold past medical information, and the truth ends up coming out. In that case, you run the risk of destroying your credibility and even opening yourself up to legal repercussions.
People sometimes want to hide prior conditions because they know the insurance company will try to use it against them. However, deception is not the answer. This is why you need the assistance of a qualified attorney. Our team at Dismuke Law knows the ins and outs of the process and will fight to make sure you receive the compensation you deserve. Based on your current condition and medical records, your lawyer can provide the necessary proof to show what injuries resulted from your accident, as well as to what degree the accident exacerbated any conditions you already had.
Try as they might, it’s absurd for an insurer to assume that a car accident would not affect pre-existing injuries. Nearly everyone has had a previous injury of some capacity, and a car crash could very well affect that. Your attorney will fight to secure you the compensation you’re entitled to. Still, you have to do your part by being completely open and honest about your medical history, as well as any other details regarding the accident. Honesty is always the best policy, so make sure you always own your history and say what’s true for you.
If you have more questions, or if you’ve been involved in a car accident in central Florida, give us a call at 1-800-ASK-DAVE. We’re here to help!