I get this question all the time from clients, and the answer is yes. What we are talking about is a pre-existing injury or condition. A pre-existing injury is an injury to a part of the body that was previously hurt or had an ongoing medical condition at the time of an accident. I regularly have new clients who have a pre-existing injury and it can cause problems when making a claim for the injuries from the accident.
You may be able to resolve your bodily injury claim with the insurance company without the need of a lawyer. Or you may also do something — or not do something — that makes your case worth much less or worthless altogether.
After you hire your Atlanta injury or wrongful death lawyer, you may not know what to expect. Here is an outline of the typical things your lawyer will do to move your case towards a settlement or trial.
Typically, an injury lawyer will charge 33% to represent you if your case is settled before a lawsuit is filed. Once a lawsuit was filed, the fee generally increases from 33% to 40%. Some attorneys will increase the fee from 40% to 45% if the case is tried to a jury. This most often happens in complicated cases like medical malpractice claims.