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Aggravating Pre-Existing Injuries in a Car Accident – Who Is Liable?

by Jared Staver in Auto Accidents, Personal Injury

When it comes to car accidents, people tend to focus on the injuries that are caused entirely by the accident itself and overlook the fact that car accidents can also aggravate pre-existing injuries. While a pre-existing injury can complicate your case significantly, the good news is that your pre-existing injuries do not prevent you from getting the compensation you may deserve.

The attorneys at Staver Accident Injury Lawyers, P.C. help people in the Chicago metro area who have been injured in a car accident. Whether you’re suffering from a new injury, pre-existing injuries, or both, we have the experience and knowledge to help you get the compensation you need to rebuild your life. You can schedule a free consultation with us by calling (312) 236-2900 or by completing our online contact form – one of our lawyers will be in touch right away to discuss your case and how we can help you.

Listen to Your Body

It’s not unusual if you felt shaken up but otherwise fine immediately after your car accident. Unfortunately, many injuries do not manifest themselves right away, particularly pre-existing injuries. Many people think that the old injury is just acting up, and fail to make the connection that they were re-injured in the car accident. If you don’t seek medical treatment, you risk making the injury much worse or suffering permanent damage. You should get a thorough examination by a medical professional even if you’re not sure – it’s not worth risking your long-term health.

Pre-Existing Injuries That Are Commonly Aggravated

Just about any pre-existing injury can be aggravated in a car accident, but you are especially at risk if you have one of the following pre-existing injuries:

  • Back injuries. Car accidents exert a tremendous amount of force on the body, particularly on your back. If you’ve already suffered a back injury, you may be susceptible to reinjuring your back. As you probably already know, pulled muscles or back strains can get progressively worse over time and lead to other injuries.
  • Neck injuries. Whiplash and neck strains are common injuries in car accidents, especially if you’ve already injured your neck. You may also be at particular risk for nerve damage.
  • Spinal injuries. If you have already suffered a spinal injury, car accidents can easily cause further problems with the injury. Spinal injuries can result in nerve damage and even paralysis, so you should be sure to see your doctor even if you don’t think you’ve been injured.
  • Broken bones, torn muscles, tendons, and ligaments. Previously broken bones or injured tissues don’t always heal as well as they should, and car accidents can make it easier to reinjure yourself or make a pre-existing injury worse.
  • Depression, PTSD, and anxiety. The trauma of a car accident can easily increase depression, PTSD, anxiety, and other psychological issues, requiring months of additional therapy and treatment.

What You Are Up Against

Insurance companies do everything that they can to limit the amount they pay out in claims. One of the first things they will do is try to argue that they shouldn’t be liable to pay any claim based on a pre-existing injury. If you have to go to trial, you will have to persuade a jury that your injury was aggravated as a result of the accident, which isn’t always easy to do.

How an Experienced Personal Injury Attorney Can Help

Your lawyer can help compile the evidence you need to prove that your pre-existing injury was aggravated by the accident. This will include a thorough review and analysis of your medical records, interviewing any pertinent medical experts, and establishing the necessary documentation. You may need to have a medical professional testify on your behalf, and your lawyer can help them give the strongest possible testimony to support your claim.

Contact Staver Accident Injury Lawyers, P.C. if You’ve Been in a Car Accident

When it comes to pre-existing injuries, a car accident can set you back months or even years in your recovery. This can be especially frustrating when you thought the injury was behind you and better days were ahead. Fortunately, you may still be entitled to compensation. If you’ve been injured in a car accident, we can evaluate your claim and start building your case today. Call us at (312) 236-2900 or our online contact form to schedule your free consultation and discuss how we can help you.