A lot of people have pre-existing injuries and make the mistake of thinking either that this ruins their case or that they don’t have to acknowledge that they had an injury before they were in a crash. Neither is true.
The key to pre-existing injuries is to show what change the crash brought to how your body functions. If you had arthritis in your knee but were still active, that’s important. If you now have to get a knee replacement in that knee and you hadn’t been consulting with a doctor about a knee replacement until the crash happened, the knee replacement should be tied to the crash.
There are several ways we can do this. First, we interview a lot of witnesses who knew you before the crash and can talk about the difference between your condition before and after you got hurt by the collision. Second, we go back to your medical records and establish that you weren’t getting medical treatment or consultations for the particular injury that you have now. Third, we create timelines which tie into witness statements and your medical records, and sometimes your work records and photographs of you, in order to make clear to an insurance adjuster or a jury how the collision has affected you. If it’s all put together properly, this can make a tremendous difference in the value of your case.