Preexisting Condition Injured Worse in Accident Injury Lawyers


Personal Injury Lawyer Preexisting Condition
Personal Injury Lawyer Preexisting Condition

Our personal injury lawyers have had many cases where a client reinjures something in an accident.  In other cases, the accident makes an existing injury worse. Sometimes, the accident injures a body part that was previously operated on. For example, someone with a prior shoulder surgery may reinjure that shoulder in a car accident. There are also cases where someone with a bad back or neck injures it worse in an accident. Therefore, our attorneys are often asked whether there can still be a case even though the injured person had a preexisting condition. The answer is yes.

Minnesota law holds the person who caused an accident responsible to the extent they made someone’s condition worse. The defense our lawyers encounter is that the injury is really just the same. If the symptoms are the same as they were before the accident, there is no case. Hopefully, there will be diagnostic scans that show a different or more significant injury. For example, an MRI might show a herniated disc got worse. The patient’s own description of their symptoms is important, but a doctor’s opinion is most helpful.


The first concern after an accident injury is the medical bills. Our lawyers work to get the medical bills paid by whoever caused the accident.  However, in the meantime, there are other ways to get the medical bills paid as well. For example, in a car accident, your No-Fault insurance will automatically pay at least the first $20,000 of medical bills. With No-Fault insurance, you do still have to prove the accident caused your injury. But, if you have health insurance, they will pay your medical bills regardless of a pre-existing condition. Your health insurance will then get paid back if we are successful with your case.

If you have been injured in a Minnesota accident, call us for a free consultation with a lawyer. Even if you have a preexisting condition, you are entitled to compensation if the injury was made worse. We have offices where you can meet a lawyer in Edina, St Paul, and Minneapolis. Our lawyers will also come to you throughout MN.