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Pre-Existing Injuries Can Affect Your Current Lawsuit

Jan 31, 2018 - Personal Injury by

Few claimants are in perfect health at the time of an accident.  Whether the claimant has been dealing with a long-term degenerative condition, an illness, or a prior injury that is substantially similar to the one suffered in the accident at-issue, the bodily status of the claimant can vary wildly from case-to-case. If you have been injured due to the fault of another, you may be entitled to recover damages pursuant to Alabama law.  Pre-existing injuries and conditions can have a significant effect on the outcome of your lawsuit, however, so it’s important that you work with an experienced Alabama personal injury attorney who has a track record of success in obtaining favorable results for claimants with pre-existing injuries. As a general rule of tort law, in Alabama and elsewhere, the defendant — the individual or entity responsible for your injuries — is required to “take the plaintiff as they find them.”  This is known as the eggshell skull rule.  Essentially, the risk of encountering a particularly sensitive or physically-weakened plaintiff (whose damages may be excessive compared to the average person) must be absorbed by the defendant. For example, imagine that you have a condition that makes your bones much more likely to fracture in an impact.  Now, suppose that the defendant-driver collides with your vehicle at relatively low speeds.  As a result, you suffer serious fractures.  Despite the fact that your injuries are excessive in comparison to the average victim, the defendant may be held liable for your damages […]

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