Solomon & Relihan Offers Tips on Dealing with Pre-Existing Injuries After an Accident

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Automobile accidents can often aggravate pre-existing injuries that a victim already had. However, getting an insurance company to pay compensation for these injuries can be difficult. Solomon & Relihan, which has represented thousands of accident victims in its 35 years, offers tips on dealing with this problem. These include identifying and fully documenting pre-existing injuries and seeking treatment as soon as possible.

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By thoroughly documenting pre-existing injuries and aggravation of those injuries, accident victims can protect themselves and receive their proper compensation.

Car accidents often aggravate and worsen pre-existing medical conditions or injuries, and victims are entitled to compensation for the additional harm they suffer. However, insurance companies will often try to limit the amount they have to pay by claiming that the victim's injury was pre-existing. If the insurance company is able to prove that the victim had a pre-existing medical condition or injury and that the motor vehicle collision did not cause any new complications, they may be able to avoid paying compensation to the victim.

In order to receive compensation for aggravation of pre-existing injuries, accident victims must be able to definitively prove that the accident worsened their injury. The best way to do this is by following these guidelines, compiled by the injury attorneys Solomon & Relihan, who have represented Arizona accident victims for over 35 years.

Types of Pre-Existing Injuries

The first step is to identify any pre-existing injuries the victim may have. Auto accidents can aggravate a wide range of pre-existing injuries. Some of the most common include:

  •      Herniated disks
  •      Head, neck, and back injuries
  •      Joint injuries, such as shoulders, elbows, knees and hips
  •      Degenerative arthritis

Pre-Existing Injuries and Car Accidents

When making an insurance claim or filing a suit after a motor vehicle accident, it is important to identify any pre-existing injuries and any complications that result from them. In general, the at-fault driver is not responsible for injuries or medical conditions that existed before the car accident. However, if the auto accident makes the injury worse, the at-fault driver is responsible for paying the additional lost wages, medical bills, and pain and suffering caused by the aggravation of that injury. Properly identifying and documenting the changes in the victim's medical condition is crucial to preventing the at-fault driver's insurance company from claiming that the collision did not cause any new complications or otherwise worsen the condition.

Identifying Aggravated Pre-Existing Injuries

Any car accident victim should see a doctor immediately. Often, the effects of a motor vehicle collision on a pre-existing injury will not be immediately apparent, and leaving an injury untreated can make it worse. Additionally, if the victim waits an extended period of time to see a doctor, it will help the insurance company deny the claim based on a pre-existing injury.

By thoroughly documenting pre-existing injuries and aggravation of those injuries, accident victims can protect themselves and receive their proper compensation.

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