What is the effect of a “pre-existing injury” on my personal injury claim?
Hi I’m Steve Knapp, and I’m an attorney and a partner at the Brett Murphy Law Firm. I want to talk to you today about pre-existing conditions.
Pre-existing conditions is a subject that insurance companies frequently bring up when they’re trying to settle a case, and most people have something in their background; for example a car accident or sporting injuries, something that could potentially be a pre-existing condition. But the rule to remember is, you can have a pre-existing condition, but if it’s not causing you pain at the time of the accident, it really doesn’t matter and the person who is at fault for the accident is still responsible for the full injuries you received in the accident.
Now, pre-existing conditions can complicate the settlement of a case. If you do have a pre-existing condition and it was causing you pain at the time of the accident, then the insurance company is entitled to reduce the value of your settlement. But the good news is, it doesn’t make the settlement go away and you’re still entitled to recover the difference between whatever your pain level was before your accident and whatever is was after the accident.
Here at Brett Murphy we handle injury cases only, we deal with pre-existing conditions and insurance companies every day, we know how to maximize your recovery and how to minimize the consequences of any pre-existing conditions you might have.
We’re here to help you. You can contact a Brett Murphy personal injury lawyer by calling 1-800-925-1875 or by completing our confidential contact form.