20 Aug I Had A Prior Injury, Does That Mean That I Do Not Have A Zephyrhills Car Accident Claim?
Life happens. We play sports. Prior accidents including car accidents and worker’s compensation accidents happen. Sometimes we are born with an impairment. We often go to the doctors, including the chiropractor, for maintenance. But, does that mean that you do not have a case should you get involved in a Zephyrhills Car Accident because you had a prior injury or treatment? Absolutely NOT! Everyone deserves the opportunity to be compensated after a car accident, especially when it is no fault of their own. But, it should be done, especially in this instance, with the assistance of an experienced and qualified Zephyrhills Car Accident Attorney.
Should I Tell My Zephyrhills Car Accident Attorney About My Prior Injuries?
Your Zephyrhills Car Accident Attorney should know everything about your current car accident and everything about any prior accidents or injuries that you may have suffered. These prior injuries are also referred to as a “pre-existing condition.” This will include but not be limited to:
– Prior car accidents
– Prior motorcycle accidents, even recreational
– Prior hospital visits for pain related to the accident
– Prior doctor visits for pain related to the accident
– Worker’s compensation claims
– Prior sports injuries
– Prior chiropractic visits
The more your Zephyrhills Car Accident Attorney knows about your priors is the better that they can create a plan to differentiate between those prior injuries and the current injuries. Your attorney should use the information you provide, prior medical records, and opinions from medical providers to minimize those injuries in the eyes of the insurance company and maximize your compensation.
Do I Have To Tell The Insurance Company?
There are certain times that information about prior injuries have to be revealed to the insurance company. But, those prior injuries should not be revealed by you. A Zephyrhills Car Accident Attorney will know when and how to properly deliver this information to minimize the effect on your claim. The insurance company wants to slap the word “chronic”, “prior injury”, or “pre-existing injury” on your claim quickly so they can blame your pain on something other than the current accident. That way, they think they can pay you less. However, your attorney should be able to differentiate between the prior injuries and the new injuries in order to get you the compensation that you deserve.
If I Was Not Hurt, Should I Tell My Zephyrhills Car Accident Attorney About Prior Car Accidents?
Yes. The insurance company can often find if you have ever been in a prior accident. They will want to blame your injuries on that prior accident. Therefore, if there are no injuries, it is easier for your attorney to dispel this argument. Your attorney can articulate to the insurance companies that although there was another accident, there was no injuries. Therefore, that accident has no bearing on your current car accident claim.
Do I Have To Sign A Medical Authorization Form?
Do not fill out a medical authorization form without the advice of counsel. More so, you should not talk the insurance company, nor should you sign anything with the insurance company without counsel. The insurance company will use that medical authorization form to find prior medical records that they will try to use against you. Take advantage of a free consultation with a Zephyrhills Car Accident Attorney so you know your rights.
Experienced Zephyrhills Car Accident Attorney
I understand that the process after getting into a Zephyrhills Car Accident can be difficult and stressful. You probably have a lot of questions and very few answers. Allow me to be there for you every step of the way. I offer a FREE no-obligation consultation and will review your accident claim with you personally at one of the office locations in Tampa, Zephyrhills, Saint Petersburg, or Clearwater. Cannot make it to me? I will come to wherever is convenient to you at NO charge. You deserve to be compensated and I want to get justice for you!
Contact Zephyrhills Car Accident Attorney Kevin L. Sullivan II TODAY at (813) 598-4868 for a FREE no-obligation consultation. I look forward to assisting you with your claim!