How to make accident and injury claims in South Staffordshire if you already have an injury
When it comes to seeking compensation for an accident you did not cause, the largest part of the award you are likely to receive will be made up from the injuries you have sustained. The more serious your injuries the larger the compensation you are awarded. Compensation will then also include any payments you have had to make as a result of your injuries (e.g. medical treatment or travel to appointments) as well as any potential loss of earnings you might have incurred.
So what happens if you already have an injury at the time of the accident? Will you still be able to make a claim for compensation for any additional injuries you sustain?
This is one aspect of the accident and injury claims in South Staffordshire process that the solicitors at Accident Advice Helpline can assist with.
Each year lots of people are injured in accidents that make existing medical conditions worse. For example, it may be that an individual has a bad back as a result of a horse riding accident they suffered many years ago. The injury may cause them recurrent pain problems, but generally speaking does not impact on their day to day life.
Then they are involved in a road traffic accident which causes them severe pain. The pain may be so bad that they require physiotherapy and a much stronger dose of painkillers. The fact that they already had a back condition does not mean that they will not be able to make a claim for compensation. It simply means that a distinction must be made between the two events and conditions.
Your Accident Advice Helpline solicitor will appoint a medical expert to independently examine your medical notes, as well as assess your current condition. They will then be able to provide their expert opinion in relation to how the existing condition has been made worse as a direct result of the accident the claim is being made for. The condition itself could have been made much worse as a result of the accident, and this should be compensated for.
Find out more today
Finding out more about how to make accident and injury claims in South Staffordshire is easy when you contact Accident Advice Helpline. We are able to offer free, no obligation advice to all callers so get in touch today.
Call us on 0800 689 0500 from a landline or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile to find out all you need to know about securing the compensation that you deserve.
Date Published: 6th May 2015
Author: David Brown