If you suffer an injury in a car accident, you should know what latency issues might exist. The shock and adrenaline that often occur because of the crash can prevent you from feeling the pain of your injuries immediately. Even more, certain injuries can simply take days or even longer to manifest. Unfortunately, these types of injuries can damage your claim.
What Is a Latency Injury?
A latent injury is something that doesn’t cause you to feel immediate pain. For instance, you can suffer a neck injury, but you feel no pain at all at the time of the accident. Most often, these are soft tissue injuries that cause strains. However, even severe injuries can experience latency issues. When it happens, you need to be careful.
Insurance adjusters utilize latency issues to their advantage.
How Latency Impacts Your Claim
When you suffer an injury in a car accident, you must be clear about the damages you sustain. With latency issues, you may not feel the damage immediately, but you must avoid saying something that can be used against you. The moment you say, “I’m not injured,” insurance adjusters will use this against you.
Instead of claiming that you didn’t suffer an injury, simply make it clear that you intend to see a doctor. A doctor can diagnose your injuries, even if the pain isn’t immediately apparent. You can also start building your claim with medical records.
Our Cleveland car accident attorneys know how latency issues can impact your claim. We work to protect you and your rights moving forward. Trust that we will stand by your side every step of the way to give you the peace of mind you deserve.
At Spangenberg Shibley & Liber LLP, we put you first. We care about getting you results because you deserve it. Our goal is to pursue maximum compensation on your behalf while also holding negligent parties accountable. Let us be your voice!