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Can the Back Pain You Experience From an Accident be Delayed? -- Insight From the Best Spinal Cord Injury Attorneys

Imagine this: you get in a pretty brutal car accident and are surprised to find that you are feeling physically okay after the crash. It isn’t until a couple of hours later that you begin to feel excruciating back pain that worsens by the minute. How could this be if you felt fine just after the accident? This phenomena is called delayed back pain and can be your body’s healing response to a multitude of possible injuries to your back and/or spinal cord. However, insurance companies and/or opposing counsel might state that your delayed back pain experience is fabricated to get financial compensation out of them. How can you prove that your case of delayed back pain is real? Delayed back pain is a common and true phenomena that deserves to be included as a damage included in any financial compensation you receive from insurance companies and/or opposing counsel. Below, our experienced team of spinal cord injury attorneys from West Coast Trial Lawyers break down delayed back pain for you to help you understand how this can affect your personal injury case.

Why Does Delayed Back Pain Happen?

Delayed back pain can happen for a number of reasons, the first most reason is that when going through a physically impactful event, such as a car accident, your brain shoots out adrenaline to your body to help you cope through the pain. The adrenaline can momentarily numb the pain or distract the injured person from noticing the pain. Hours later though, when the adrenaline has worn off, the pain can appear and grow increasingly worse within the following 24 to 48 hours.

Common Sources of Delayed Back Pain

While authentic delayed back pain experiences may be similar in nature (i.e people don’t feel the pain right after the accident but they might a couple of hours later), the sources of delayed back pain are different. Some common sources of delayed back pain include the following: 

You should never try to self-diagnose the source of your delayed back pain. You should always seek medical attention as soon as possible because pain you might think is a result of an insignificant injury could actually be the result of an injury that is much more serious.

What to Do If You Experience Delayed Back Pain

If you experience delayed back pain, it is imperative that you seek medical examination and assistance as soon as possible. This is important even if you were already seen by a medical professional right after the scene of the accident and were deemed as okay or without serious injury. The sooner you receive medical attention for your delayed back injury, the better - this is especially true to ensure you receive compensation for all injuries sustained in an accident. As soon as possible after the accident, you must receive medical attention, follow doctors’ orders, and keep all medical records. You should also hire a professional legal team to take care of the legal business to help you receive compensation for your injuries while you focus on recovery and rest (the expert team of spinal cord injury attorneys at West Coast Trial Lawyers offer free consultations). 

You should contact an experienced spinal cord injury attorney to handle the filing of an insurance claim and/or opening up a civil case against another person involved in the accident because insurance claims and/or opposing parties might say that your delayed back pain is simply an excuse to get a larger financial compensation. If you don’t get medical attention for the pain, the insurance company and/or opposing counsel will try to use that against you by claiming that the pain was psychosomatic (fabricated or made up in your head) or caused by some other event that wasn’t the accident you're building a case against. They will use this to argue that you are using the excuse of delayed back pain to get a larger than warranted compensation for the accident. 

There is Financial Compensation Available for Damages Incurred From Spinal Cord Injuries Caused by an Accident

A spinal cord injury lawyer can ensure that you are compensated for all of the damages you are eligible for by helping you each step of the way. The following are the available damages for injuries sustained in an accident:

Economic Damages

Economic damages are intended to compensate a plaintiff for monetary losses. They are calculated by determining the amount of out of pocket losses an aggrieved individual has or will expect to incur as a result of the injuries that were sustained in an accident. 

A few examples of economic losses include:

  • Loss of Earning Capacity
  • Medical Bills
  • Lost Wages
Non-Economic Damages

Non-economic damages are intended to cover losses that are thought of as subjective. Non-economic damages may include compensation for:

  • Emotional Distress
  • Pain and Suffering
  • Loss of Enjoyment of Life
Punitive Damages

The third type of damages a California court may award are known as punitive damages. Punitive damages are intended as punishment and are only awarded when a defendant’s behavior is especially harmful. Punitive damages are relatively rare and in fact are only incorporated in about 5% of all verdicts. Furthermore, there is no real set standard for calculating and awarding punitive damages. Punitive damages are awarded at the court’s discretion and will vary depending on the specific circumstances of a case.

Need a Spinal Cord Injury Attorney? Contact West Coast Trial Lawyers for a Free Consultation

If you have sustained injuries in the as a result of a car accident, our experienced team of spinal cord injury attorneys at West Coast Trial Lawyers can help you recover financial compensation for the losses you have suffered, including medical bills, property damage, lost wages, and pain and suffering. Call us today at 888 341 9802 or email [email protected] to schedule a free consultation with our experienced, caring, and compassionate expert personal injury legal team.


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