Getting into a car accident is a terrifying experience. Dealing with injuries and medical bills can make the trauma of the experience even more stressful.

Recovering from an injury can be even more difficult if you have a pre-existing condition. Often, the pre-existing condition makes recovery longer and more difficult. In some cases, a pre-existing condition can impact your accident claim.

Here’s what you need to know about how your pre-existing condition could affect your car accident claim.

Your pre-existing condition is separate

Your injury should be evaluated separately from any pre-existing condition you may have. In other words, even if you suffered a more significant injury than a person without the same pre-existing condition, your pre-existing condition is not a defense or an excuse for the negligent party to reduce their liability.

When you are in a car accident, there may be multiple sources of injury. The impact can cause broken bones, wounds and other soft tissue injuries. All the injuries from the accident should be part of your claim.

Your medical records are important

An abstract “average” person is not the standard for injuries sustained in an accident. Your state of health before and after the accident provide the template for your claim. As such, your records documenting your condition and your injuries will be important for your accident claim.

As you navigate your claim, you may need to show treatment records and other documentation to support your pre-existing condition.

As you heal after your accident, you might be in a hurry to get back to your old routine. Your treatment is essential to recovering from your injuries. Make sure you seek the medical support you need to get better.

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