Pre-existing Conditions’ Effect on Personal Injury Cases

Pre-existing Conditions’ Effect on Personal Injury Cases

Personal injury cases can be complex and challenging to navigate, especially when pre-existing medical conditions are involved. If you’re considering pursuing a personal injury claim in New York, it’s essential to understand how pre-existing conditions can impact your case. Here, let us explore the various aspects of pre-existing conditions and their influence on personal injury cases in the state of New York. To guide you through this legal terrain, it’s often advisable to consult with a knowledgeable personal injury attorney.

Understanding Personal Injury Cases in New York

Personal injury cases in New York are legal disputes that arise when one person suffers harm due to the negligence or intentional actions of another. In these situations, monetary compensation is frequently sought for injury-related costs such as medical bills, lost income, pain and suffering, and other damages.

Pre-Existing Conditions: What Are They?

A pre-existing condition refers to a medical or health-related issue that an individual had before the accident or incident that led to their personal injury claim. These conditions can range from chronic illnesses, prior injuries, or any health-related issue that existed before the accident occurred.

The Impact of Pre-Existing Conditions


One of the primary factors in a personal injury case is establishing that the defendant’s actions directly caused the plaintiff’s injuries. When a pre-existing condition is present, it can complicate matters, as the defendant’s attorney may argue that the injuries were not solely caused by the accident. A skilled personal injury attorney will work to establish a clear link between the accident and the exacerbation of the pre-existing condition.


Pre-existing conditions can also affect the calculation of damages. If an injury aggravates or exacerbates a pre-existing condition, the plaintiff may be entitled to compensation for the increased pain and suffering, medical bills, and other damages resulting from the exacerbation. However, it’s crucial to differentiate between the damages caused by the accident and those related to the pre-existing condition.

Mitigation of Damages: 

New York follows the doctrine of “avoidable consequences,” which means that injured individuals have a duty to mitigate their damages by seeking reasonable medical treatment and following their healthcare providers’ recommendations. Failure to do so could impact the compensation awarded in a personal injury case. If you have a pre-existing condition, it’s especially important to adhere to your treatment plan and medical advice to avoid complicating your case.

Disclosure: It is crucial to disclose any pre-existing conditions to your personal injury attorney upfront. Transparency is key, as your attorney needs this information to develop an effective legal strategy. Failing to disclose pre-existing conditions can not only weaken your case but also damage your credibility in court.

Navigating a personal injury case in New York, especially when pre-existing conditions are involved, can be complex. That’s why it’s essential to consult with an experienced personal injury attorney who understands the nuances of New York’s legal system. Your attorney will help you gather evidence, establish causation, and advocate for your rights, ensuring that you receive the compensation you deserve.

Pre-existing conditions do not automatically disqualify you from pursuing a personal injury claim in New York. However, they can complicate matters and require careful handling by an experienced personal injury attorney. By understanding the impact of pre-existing conditions and seeking legal guidance, you can increase your chances of a successful outcome in your personal injury case. Remember that every case is unique, and having the right legal representation is crucial to protecting your rights and interests.


In conclusion, personal injury cases in New York can be complex, especially when pre-existing conditions are involved. While pre-existing conditions don’t automatically disqualify you from pursuing a claim, they can complicate matters. It’s crucial to establish a clear link between the accident and the exacerbation of the pre-existing condition, disclose these conditions to your attorney, and seek skilled legal guidance. With the right representation, you can navigate these complexities, gather evidence, and increase your chances of a successful outcome in your personal injury case. Remember that protecting your rights and interests should always be a top priority.

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