I Had an Injury Before, How Will That Affect My Case?
People injured in accidents can recover for the aggravation of pre-existing conditions. If you were in an accident and injured your lower back, and then re-injured it in a later accident, you may still be able to recover for your injuries.
Being prepared is the best way to handle this, and you should be candid with your attorney about prior accidents and prior injuries. Insurance companies maintain records of peoples’ past claims, and they are likely to find out anyway. If you had a prior injury, but then tell a doctor, the insurance company, or testify under oath that you did not, your credibility is ruined. And the value of your case has sunk or even disappeared.
At Norman M. Block, P.C., we understand that people have other injuries and know how to work with those in presenting your case. When we know beforehand, we can help you testify about the prior injuries in a way that may even help your case. But if we are surprised just before trial, that is disaster. Honesty is always best.