Sometimes car accidents happen when you're still healing from another injury. Sometimes the accident makes a chronic problem worse. When either of these things happens, the driver responsible for the accident can also be held responsible for how it affects your pre-existing condition.
What happens when your injuries are worse after a car accident?
Let's say, for example, that you already had back problems and were seeing a chiropractor every once in a while. Then, one day a car hits you from behind and makes the back pain worse than ever. Suddenly you're seeing your chiropractor every week, and may even need physical therapy and pain meds.
If you can prove that the car accident made your condition worse, the other driver's insurance would then be responsible for the degree to which it worsened your problem. This is called "causation." Did the other driver's action cause harm where no harm would have been done without their action?
If so, that means they would have to pay for your increased doctor's visits, the physical therapy, and the pain meds. You could focus on getting better and returning as much as possible to your normal way of life.
But causation isn't always easy to prove. Our office meets people all the time who suffer from pre-existing conditions that were made worse by a car accident. Sometimes they try to go it alone against the insurance companies, but they usually aren't very successful.
Insurance companies know how to fight cases like yours, and they'll try to make you give up — especially if you have a pre-existing condition that could look confusing to a jury.
Studies prove time and again that you'll have much better success if you contact an attorney as soon as possible after an accident. Our car accident attorneysare experienced with pre-existing conditions. We know how to handle these cases, and the conversation is completely free.
Call us today at 816-842-6200 to speak with an attorney who will fight to get you the compensation you deserve. Or you can click here to email us.