Delayed back pain after a car accident happens more often than you might think. If you have been in a car accident and your pain is delayed, it may not be too late to get compensation. Here is what you need to understand about pain that happens after the fact.
Back pain affects about 80 percent of people at some point in their lives. For many of those who experience back pain, the pain stems from an old injury, in some cases a car accident. Unfortunately, sometimes pain—whether spinal or muscular—does not show up for weeks or even months. This can cause complications if you have already accepted a settlement from the insurance company.
Delayed Back Pain after a Car Accident
You may not discover the full extent of your injuries right away following an auto accident. If you have been in such an accident and experience any of these types of pain, you should seek medical attention immediately as your pain symptoms could point to a more serious condition:
- Pain in the neck – Whiplash is not a single condition but a catch-all for many different types of injuries that result from the motion caused by a sudden change in direction that forces the head to whip forwards or backwards. For instance, pain from whiplash that appears several days after car crash could indicate a damaged disc.
- Lower back pain – Pain in the lower regions of the back can also indicate a whiplash injury, but it can also point to a pinched nerve, soft tissue injury, and much more. If you experience lower back pain following a crash, talk to a doctor as soon as you can. Back pain often becomes chronic, even with treatment, so you may be able to recover compensation for your pain and suffering.
Wait to Agree to a Settlement
When you settle a claim, you usually have to sign a release of liability form. Because doing so prevents you from filing any claims or lawsuits in the future, you should wait to speak to an attorney before accepting any settlements for your injuries.
What Happens Now?
If you have not settled your claim with the insurance company and you think that your injuries are a result of your accident, you need to speak to an attorney. Only an attorney who is well-versed in the areas of personal injury and auto accidents can help you decide what your next move should be.
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