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Can the Back Pain You Experience From an Accident be Delayed?

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 phenomenon 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 compensation out of them. How can you prove that your case of delayed back pain is real?

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 and what you would need to do to show proof that you did, in fact, get injured because of the accident.

Why Does Delayed Back Pain Happen?

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Delayed back pain can happen for a number of reasons. To begin with, when going through a physically impactful event, such as a car accident, your brain shoots out adrenaline through your body to help you cope with the pain. The adrenaline can momentarily numb the pain or have it go unnoticed for a certain period of time. 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, the sources of delayed back pain are different. Some common sources of delayed back pain include the following:

What to Do if You Experience Delayed Back Pain

You should never try to self-diagnose the source of your delayed back pain. It is important to seek immediate medical attention to get treated for your injury, regardless of how mild it is. Without getting it checked, the wound could progressively worsen over time.

Making a visit to see a doctor will benefit you in multiple aspects. First and foremost, you are putting your health as a top priority. Getting checked will give you an idea on what type of injury you have and whether or not you will need treatment to recover. Your visit will also be saved on file and can be used as a piece of evidence to prove that you were, in fact, injured after the accident.

It would also be ideal to contact an experienced personal injury attorney to help you through the process of collecting evidence that can support your claim of being injured after an accident. The attorney will not only help build up your case, but they will also negotiate a settlement with insurance companies to get you the compensation you deserve for your losses.

Now, if you choose not to receive medical attention, it can set you back from acquiring the appropriate amount of compensation for your injury. Insurance companies will assume that you are not as injured as you claimed to be since you have not made any visits to get checked out by a medical professional. Furthermore, if you choose not to hire an attorney, it can be complicated to deal with insurance companies. Any statements you make will be carefully analyzed and used against you. There are a lot of complex and stressful factors that will make it difficult for you to handle your case all on your own. This is why it is important to seek medical assistance from a doctor and the guidance of a professional personal injury attorney.

Available Damages

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 percent 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.

West Coast Trial Lawyers Is Here to Help

If you have sustained a spinal cord injury as a result of an accident, our experienced team of spinal cord injury attorneys at West Coast Trial Lawyers will help you recover compensation for your losses. This includes medical bills, property damage, lost wages, and pain and suffering.

No fees will be charged until your case has been settled. Call us today at (213) 927-3700 or email [email protected] to schedule a free consultation with our knowledgeable, caring, and compassionate legal team.


If you have been injured in an accident, you can count on the legal team at West Coast Trial Lawyers to fight for your rights every step of the way. Contact us today to schedule your free case evaluation with a personal injury attorney.
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