How to Handle Your Pre-Existing Condition When Involved in a Personal Injury Suit
A pre-existing condition can have an impact on a personal injury lawsuit. However, you can minimize the impact by doing a couple of simple things. Here are the two ways to ensure your pre-existing condition helps your case rather than hurting it:
- Don’t try to hide it – The fact that you have a pre-existing condition is going to come out. Trying to hide it is always going to hurt you. It makes it look like you have something to hide. That’s going to make it tougher to get a settlement, and it certainly can prejudice a jury against you should the case go to trial.
- Have your doctor compare your medical records – For example, if you suffer a neck injury in a car accident, but you already have a history of neck pain, there should be x-rays from both before and after the accident for a medical professional to compare. This can show that, regardless of whether you already had neck problems, the car accident made the issues worse. In this way, a pre-existing condition may be able to help make your case rather than being a hindrance.
Personal Injury Lawyers in San Diego, North County, and Chula Vista
If you have suffered an injury in southern California, regardless of whether you have a pre-existing health condition, contact the professional personal injury lawyers at Petrov Law Firm. From our convenient office locations in San Diego, North County, and Chula Vista, we can help you to maximize your settlement. Call 619-344-0360 to get started.