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Delayed Pain After an Injury

Delayed Pain After an Injury

By: Jeremy Schatz, Managing Attorney, Virtus Law Group, Birmingham Alabama.         

Whether because of a car accident or a fall, it’s common for people not to feel pain until days or even weeks following an injury.

Why can pain be delayed?

Delayed pain is most common in soft tissue injuries such as muscles, tendons, disc, and ligaments. There are generally two reasons for the pain to not be felt immediately following an injury: adrenaline and swelling. While adrenaline is very short-lived, swelling can last for long periods.

Swelling is caused when fluid and white blood cells move into the injured area to promote healing. Unfortunately, the pressure the swelling can put on your nerves can cause pain. This process can take time which causes a delay in you actually feeling pain.

For example, many people who are involved in car accidents walk away and do not feel any pain. Then fast forward a few days and they can’t get out of bed in the morning due to neck or back pain. This is almost always due to some type of swelling such as a bulging disk or swelling around some part of the spine.

Common delayed symptoms you shouldn’t ignore.

  • Extreme neck pain
  • Dizziness
  • Numbness
  • Radiating pain through the spine
  • Headaches


How can delayed pain affect my claim?

While delayed pain is common, insurance companies will often try to claim that whatever injury caused the delayed pain happened sometime following the accident involving their insured. One way to combat this is to see a health care professional and not ignore the pain for a long period. Another is to hire an experienced law firm that is accustomed to dealing with these types of claims.

At Virtus Law Group we are prepared to fight for you throughout your legal journey.



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