What is a Pre-existing Injury or Condition?
A pre-existing condition means that you were previously injured the same part of your body that was hurt in the car accident. Common examples of pre-existing injuries are:
- Repetitive motion injuries
- Head, neck, and shoulder injuries
- Herniated discs
- Degenerative disc disease
You can't recover damages for a pre-existing condition, but you can receive compensation if the car accident caused a worsening of your condition. Your Jackson County, MO auto accident lawyer will need to prove that the auto accident caused you additional injury and will have to put a monetary value on the worsening of your condition, including any additional medical bills, lost wages and pain and suffering that occur from the aggravation of your injury.
You can help by letting your doctor know of any pre-existing conditions. Your doctor will be able to identify and document the additional damage caused by the accident. This is critical to your Missouri injury claim and will prevent the at-fault driver's insurance company from claiming the damage already existed. Learn more about how you can protect your right to compensation after a Missouri car crash; download a free copy of our book: "10 Essential Steps You Must Take To Protect Your Injury Claim."
If your pre-existing condition was worsened by a Missouri car accident, the Jackson County, MO auto accident lawyers at Kansas City Accident Injury Attorneys can help. Contact Kansas City Accident Injury Attorneys at 888-348-2616 to schedule a free consultation with an experienced car crash lawyer.