Pre-Existing Injuries and Their Impact on An Injury Settlement
A common question personal injury lawyers receive is whether the knowledge of pre-existing injuries can impact the outcome of a personal injury claim. In this video, we offer an insight into considerations you may want to hold in mind. If you have any questions or would like to consult with a lawyer on the specifics of your case, call us today for a free initial consultation at 1-800-JUSTICE.
I will give everyone’s favourite lawyer answer: it depends. If you sprained your ankle as a teenager, and you’re suing for a broken elbow, it will likely make little difference. However, if you re-injured your back, insurance companies will argue your pre-existing injury is the cause of all your problems. You will need to show how things changed after the accident. It could be increased treatment, stronger prescription medications, or the evidence of your friends and family, that help prove your case. A competent lawyer knows how to guide you through this potential hazard to your claim.