Prior Accidents - How Will They Affect My Maryland Car Accident Case?Author: Portner & Shure
If you've been in prior accidents, it may have an effect on your case,
but not always as much, or in the way that you would imagine.
- For example, if you're involved in a case where the other driver claims you are at fault - the fact that you may have caused an accident in the past has absolutely no bearing on fault in your current case.
However, if you have sustained injuries in prior accidents, this is likely
to be relevant to your current personal injury case.
- If you've ever made a personal injury claim before, most likely, the insurance company for the other driver involved in your accident will be aware of this.
A prior injury doesn't have to be an insurmountable challenge in your
case if it's handled the right way.
- The most important thing for you to do is to be upfront with your doctors about any prior injuries, even if you made a full recovery before getting injured again.
- If your doctors are aware of your medical history, their opinions about causation of your current injury will be strengthened.
- If your doctor does not know about a prior injury, the insurance company may deny the claim, basing it on the fact that your doctor was not aware of your history.
- If you've had a prior injury and you recovered and completed treatment before your current case, it shouldn't present too much of a problem for you.
It's somewhat more complicated when you are still suffering from an
injury, and then you get in another accident.
- While these cases are a little more difficult, you can still make a claim for the exacerbation of your injury and the additional medical treatment you had to get which you would not have needed otherwise.
- Again, being forthcoming with your doctor is key.
- If you are currently treating with a doctor and sustain a new injury, you should tell that doctor right away so it can be accurately reflected in the medical reports.
- This will be the best way to protect your case.
If you or a family member have been injured or killed in a Maryland car accident due to the negligence of another person and would like to consult an experienced personal injury attorney for free, contact our office at (855) 954-4141 to schedule an appointment at one of our office locations in Rockville or throughout Maryland or visit us online.