So, how much worse can a back problem be made in a car accident? The answer is not as straightforward as you might think as it depends on your past problems and how much they were exacerbated by the car accident. You cannot claim personal injury compensation for an existing condition, but you can claim if the back problem, for example, was aggravated because of the accident you were involved in, which was no fault of yours.
Back problems made worse due to a car accident?
You may think that if you have a back problem which was made worse by a car accident you cannot claim for the injury, but this is a misapprehension. Anyone who sustains an injury in an accident that was no fault of theirs can claim for their injury. No one can say how much you might receive for a back problem made worse by a car accident, just as it is impossible to say exactly how much you could receive for any other personal injury compensation claim.
You would need to produce medical reports which stipulate what your back problem was like before the car accident and then say what the exacerbated problem is. Your doctor would also need to be able to say if the worsened back pain could improve over time, or whether, in his or their opinion it will never improve. This information will inform the judge or your solicitor about how much you could possibly expect to get in compensation. The defendant in the case would be able to appoint a doctor to refute or accept the evidence your doctor supplied.
What would compensation cover?
Google might come up with a few figures (estimates only), but it might not explain that compensation also covers things such as a loss of earnings due to your injury (which might include a future loss of earnings if you may never be able to return to work), medical treatment (past and future) which you cannot get on the NHS (acupuncture for pain relief, for example) and prescription charges.
Accident Advice Helpline
If you believe that you have grounds for making a personal injury compensation claim, then we at Accident Advice Helpline could be able to help and advise you. We have more than 10 years’ experience of helping people make personal injury claims and as a law firm we work with a team of specialist solicitors who are based all over the UK. If you need expert legal advice about any personal injury claim or problem, you can call us at any time of day, any day of the year. The numbers to call are 0800 689 0500 from a landline, or 0333 500 0993 on a mobile. Why not call us now?