How Do Latency Issues Complicate Car Accident Claims?

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In a collision, you can sustain some of the most devastating injuries. However, adrenaline, shock, and other elements can make it challenging to experience the full effects of the injury. When you don’t feel your injuries immediately, they are often referred to as latent injuries.

Unfortunately, whenever this kind of issue occurs, it can impact your recovery. Below, we will explain what latency issues exist and how insurance adjusters may use them against you.

What Are Latency Issues?

Latency issues occur when you don’t experience your injuries for days or weeks after the accident. You suffer the injury, but you don’t feel the impact until days later. Because of the latency, you may not seek medical care for the damages you sustain.

After an accident, you may feel very little or no pain at all. Instead of going to the doctor, you decide to rest up at home. Unfortunately, the pain can intensify over the next few days, and you may have already allowed the damages to worsen.

How Do They Impact Your Claim?

If you delay in going to the doctor, insurance adjusters may try to use this to their advantage. They may look at your delay as a sign that you were not injured because of the crash. They may also try to say that you suffered an injury in a separate incident. Because insurance adjusters look out for profits first, you should be looking out for your best interests by seeking medical care as soon as possible.

Our Mesa car accident lawyers at Skousen, Gulbrandsen & Patience, PLC work to help you understand your rights. Our goal is to protect you from large insurance companies who may try to bully you into accepting an unfair settlement. Trust that we will be your voice and pursue the maximum compensation available to you when it matters most.

Call our firm today at (480) 833-8800.

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