When you are involved in a car accident, you are typically entitled to compensation from the at-fault driver. Filing an accident claim is the first step in recovering money for your medical bills, lost wages, and other damages.
However, insurance companies will search for ways to deny your valid accident claim. For example, claims adjusters may tell you that you cannot recover compensation for pre-existing conditions.
At Hawk Law Group, we do not stand for bad faith insurance tactics designed to cheat accident victims out of the money they deserve. Our Augusta car accident attorneys stand up to insurance providers and fight for our client’s right to fair and just compensations.
If an insurer is giving you the runaround, call our law firm for a free consultation with one of our Augusta personal injury attorneys. We are here to help you with your accident claim.
How Our Augusta Personal Injury Lawyers Can Help You After a Car Accident
The insurance company for the other driver has endless resources to fight your accident claim. However, you even the playing field by hiring an experienced car accident lawyer.
At Hawk Law Group, our Augusta personal injury lawyers have decades of experience handling car accident claims. We have recovered millions of dollars for injury victims in vulnerable financial situations due to a wreck. Let us help you after your accident.
When you hire our legal team, you can expect us to:
- Keep you informed of the progress of your case
- Investigate your car crash to gather evidence proving another party caused your crash
- Document your damages through medical bills, financial statements, and other evidence
- Work with expert witnesses, when necessary, to build a strong case against the other party
- File insurance claims and handle settlement negotiations
- Prepare to file a lawsuit and advocate for you in court, if the other party refuses to negotiate a fair settlement
When you need a lawyer to look out for you, we will be there. Contact us now to set up a free case review with an Augusta car accident attorney.
What is a Pre-Existing Condition?
A pre-existing condition is an injury or medical condition that you had before the car accident. It is estimated that one in two people in the United States has a pre-existing condition.
Examples of pre-existing conditions include:
- Previously broken bones
- Prior head injuries or TBIs
- Whiplash or neck injuries
- Herniated discs
- Spinal cord and back injuries
In other words, a pre-existing condition concerning a car accident case is any illness, injury, or health condition that shows up in your medical history.
Can You Recover Compensation for a Car Accident Injury if You Have a Pre-Existing Condition?
Generally, you cannot recover money for an injury or illness that you had before the car accident. However, a pre-existing condition will not prevent you from recovering compensation for other car accident injuries.
Typically, a car accident victim can only cover compensation for damages and injuries caused by the car crash.
If you sustain injuries unrelated to your pre-existing condition, you can demand compensation for:
- The cost of past and future medical care
- Nursing care and personal care
- Loss of income and benefits
- Future reductions in earning potential
- Pain and suffering damages
- Loss of enjoyment of life and decreased quality of life
- Permanent disabilities and impairments
The damages available for car accident injuries depend on the facts of the case. Documenting your financial losses and other damages can increase the chance you recover maximum compensation for your claim.
What Happens if the Car Accident Worsens My Pre-Existing Condition?
Suppose a car crash made your pre-existing condition worse. In that case, you could recover compensation for damages related to the worsening of your condition. However, proving that the crash made your pre-existing condition worse can be tricky. You will need assistance from medical experts and experienced personal injury lawyers.
It is essential to disclose your pre-existing conditions to your attorney during the initial consultation. Failing to tell your attorney about your pre-existing conditions could hurt your claim. Your attorney can work with you and your doctors for evidence that the car accident caused new injuries or aggravated old injuries.
Schedule a Free Consultation With Our Augusta Car Accident Lawyers
Insurance companies use pre-existing conditions to deny valid injury claims. Therefore, it is never in your best interest to sign a medical release form or provide a statement to the insurance company without talking with an injury lawyer.
Call our office to set up a free consultation with an Augusta personal injury attorney. We will explain your legal rights, discuss your case, and give you the information you need to make decisions about your claim.