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How can a prior injury affect my Los Angeles car accident case?

If you were involved in a Los Angeles car accident and were injured, it is very important to determine whether or not you had any pre-existing medical injuries. To effectively seek damages for the medical injuries you suffered as a result of a car accident, you must be able to prove that your injuries were caused by the car accident itself. Otherwise, it would be unfair and unjust for you to seek money damages from the Defendant if they did not cause your injuries. However, it is important to note that if you have a pre-existing injury that was aggravated, or made worse because of a car accident, you can still attempt to seek damages from the Defendant for medical treatment you require.

A prior injury can effect your car accident claim. For example, let say you suffered from a prior neck injury before your accident. Lets imagine that your neck injury was caused because you slipped and fell in your home kitchen. To treat your neck you visited a chiropractor on three different occasions, and now your neck feels mostly better. Now, lets say you get in to a car accident one year after your slip and fall. Because of the car accident you neck is in terrible pain so you file a lawsuit against the driver who caused the accident. The Defendant’s insurance company is going to argue that your neck injury was not the result of the car accident, but instead was because of your slip and fall one year ago. The Defendant’s insurance company will see your past chiropractor medical records, and say that you should not be awarded any damages for your neck injury. However, we can argue on your behalf, that based on expert medical opinions, your neck pain was resolved before your car accident, and now, because of the car accident your neck injury has been aggravated. If we can prove that your neck injury was re-aggravated because of the car accident, you may still have a valid claim for damages against the Defendant. Therefore, just because you have suffered a prior medical injury that does not mean that filing a car accident law suit would be a waste of time.

The experienced and friendly Los Angeles car accident lawyers at California Attorney Group have dealt with hundreds of car accident cases involving prior-injuries. We know how to aggressively fight for your rights, and will employ our network of experts and medical professionals to aid you in getting the best settlement offer you may be entitled to for your injuries. If you have any questions regarding how your past injuries may effect your LA car accident law suit, please contact our seasoned L.A. car accident lawyers toll free at 1-800-337-8547, and we will be happy to discuss your case with your in detail.