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How Can Latency Issues Impact My Claim?

Enduring an injury because of someone else’s negligent actions can be devastating. However, some injuries come with latency issues, and you may not immediately experience the effects of your injuries. If this happens, it can significantly complicate your claim.

Latency issues mean you suffer an injury, but you do not feel them immediately. Instead, it can take days or even weeks for your injuries to manifest. Insurance adjusters look to latency issues to help them deny claims and minimize how much compensation a person can obtain.

When someone suffers an injury with latency issues, they do often not seek medical care right away. They think they are fine. Seeking medical treatment as soon as you become symptomatic is important. It will lead to the proper diagnose of your condition and the start of treatment that will hopefully ensure a full recovery from your injuries.

Insurance Adjusters Use Delays Against You

If you delay and avoid seeking medical care, insurance adjusters may try to use that against you. They can attempt to say that you did not suffer injuries in the crash or that you suffered harm in a separate incident. Therefore, it is vital to prioritize your health and act quickly.

The biggest thing you should avoid is saying that you did not suffer an injury when it is unclear whether you have. Everything you say is a statement that insurance adjusters will be documented. If you are uncertain whether you have suffered an injury, or a doctor has not confirmed that you have not suffered an injury, tell the insurance adjuster that fact.

If you suffer harm because of negligence, know that our team at Shevlin Smith is ready to stand in your corner. Our Fairfax car accident lawyers are ready to pursue the compensation you deserve when it matters most. We will be your guide through challenging legal cases to safeguard your rights. We take on negligence when our clients need it most.

Call our firm today at (703) 721-4233 to learn more about your rights.


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