Can your prior health history strengthen your personal injury case?

medical recordsBy William J. Price

After you’ve suffered a serious injury, it can be hard to get your mind off the future. Will you be able to go back to work? How will your medical bills get paid? What impact will your injuries have on your loved ones?

Being able to provide a thorough, documented health history can greatly improve the value of your case and help you get your life back on track as you recover.

Your prior health history will reveal whether the injuries from the accident are considered new injuries. If you had a pre-existing condition, your medical records will show whether it was aggravated or exacerbated by the accident. In either situation, a documented prior health history is critical to your personal injury case.

Skilled personal injury attorneys can utilize prior medical records to demonstrate how healthy their client was prior to the accident. We often compare the prior health history with the complaints, symptoms, and limitations listed in the medical records following the accident. This comparison shows how much of an impact the accident had on the client’s life and the challenges they will need to overcome to return to their pre-accident status.

Whether your injuries are new or the accident aggravated your underlying condition, your prior health history is critical to the success of your case.

About Elk & Elk Attorney William J. Price

William J. Price focuses his practice on personal injury litigation for people who have been seriously injured or killed as a result of medical malpractice, nursing home neglect, defective products, negligence in construction sites, and trucking and auto accidents. He has been recognized by Super Lawyers, Martindale-Hubbell, AVVO, and is a member of the Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum and Million Dollar Advocates Forum.

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