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In many jurisdictions, exacerbation/aggravation of a preexisting condition is a recoverable damage in a civil negligence case. If you are having trouble finding someone to represent you, it could be due to any number of additional facts not included in your post. Don't be discouraged, keep looking for an attorney who will evaluate your case, and listen to his or her opinion of the case closely.
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Assuming you carry the verbal threshold or limitation on lawsuit option on your insurance policy (as the majority of people do these days), you will need a doctor - I don't know what kind of doctor because you don't specify your injury - but I will presume an orthopedist, to review your old and new MRIs, do a comparison and then comment on any change seen in the prexisting injury. Supposing there is some objective evidence of aggravation, your doctor will have to relate the change to the new accident and conclude that the change is permanent. You can also have the doctor quantify what parts of your symptoms are from the prior accident and what symptom are from the present accident in percentages. That is called a Polk analysis.
Really, it's hard to answer your question without having your medical records in front of me and knowing what injuries we are talking about. Suffice it to say, aggravation of prexisting injuries can be proven, the jury will receive an aggravation charge so long as the proper proofs are put forward. I suggest you bring your medical records and go consult a personal injury attorney.
This is a common scenario.You should obtain needed medical care and treatment immediately and follow the doctor's advice. Do not give any statement to the adverse party or insurance company nor grant them access to any medical records. Photograph the injuries and the damage done to any property. Contact a personal injury attorney in your area as soon as possible so that you can protect your rights. You may also find it helpful to review the Legal Guides I have published on Avvo.com dealing with many of the issues you are now facing. The Guides can be accessed through my profile page on Avvo.com.
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This is not unusual. I usually make sure the doctor is clear on before and after the current accident. I always request the doctor write up a Polk Analysis for the best outcome. This has brought a lot of success with these type of accidents.
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You can pursue the exacerbation of pre-existing injuries as well as the new injuries. The insurance company could try to minimize the injuries due to the pre-existing condition. You should contact an attorney to discuss how to pursue both injuries due to your accident.
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