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Recovering Compensation for Pre-Existing Conditions After an Accident

The Law Office of George O. Haskell June 18, 2023

Insurance companies will routinely attempt to blame an injured party’s painful symptoms on a pre-existing medical condition or past trauma. Dealing with these types of defenses is one of the more difficult tasks an attorney will have to perform. Failure to discredit this common defense could lead to substantial reduction in the compensation received or an outright denial of a claim. The insurance companies and their attorneys will attempt to convince a jury that the defendant’s negligent actions were not responsible for the injuries suffered.

Prior Medical Treatment

Insurance companies and personal injury defense lawyers will sift through all medical documentation to find out one’s prior medical history. What these individuals are looking for is proof that a similar condition existed at some point prior to the accident, even if it was in the distant past. They hope to imply that any current medical treatment being received came about due to this prior condition and was unrelated to the accident in question. Often, they will hire their own doctors to conduct a review of the claimant’s medical records to create doubt regarding the extent of the injury or causation. Though labeled as “independent,” the doctors who perform these reviews are generally paid to conduct the same reviews over and over by the insurance company that is defending the claim. Not surprisingly, these reviews frequently favor the insurance company and cast doubt on the nature and extent of the claimant’s injury.

The Law Office of George O. Haskell, IV, knows how to handle such commonly used insurance tactics and how to discredit “hired guns.” As he is a skilled negotiator and litigator who knows how to demonstrate how an accident occurred, he has a proven history of being able to fight for a successful resolution on behalf of his clients.

The Law Office of George O. Haskell, IV, is located in Macon, Georgia. To arrange for a free initial consultation, you can contact the office by calling us. There will be no fee charged unless there is recovery for you.