Understanding Delayed Pain After a Car Accident

by Marni F. Schlesinger on Nov. 29, 2023

Accident & Injury Accident & Injury  Car Accident Accident & Injury  Personal Injury 

Summary: Delayed pain after a car accident is a complex issue that requires a thorough understanding of both medical and legal aspects.

Each year in the U.S., up to 50 million people suffer non-fatal injuries in car accidents. Visible injuries, such as broken bones, bruises, and scrapes, are easily identifiable and treatable. After a car accident, it's essential to seek immediate medical attention, even if you feel fine, since some injuries can have delayed symptoms.


If you or a loved one has been in a car accident and are experiencing delayed pain symptoms, you may have questions about your legal rights. Contact Apicella & Schlesinger Attorneys at Law to learn more. We are dedicated to helping individuals receive the total compensation they deserve for medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, and other damages.


Common Causes of Delayed Pain


  • Adrenaline Rush: In the immediate aftermath of a car accident, the body's natural response is to release adrenaline. This hormone acts as a natural painkiller, allowing individuals to temporarily overlook or not feel the full extent of their injuries. However, as the adrenaline wears off, pain may gradually become more pronounced.
  • Soft Tissue Injuries: Soft tissue injuries, such as sprains, strains, and whiplash, may not present symptoms immediately. Inflammation and pain may develop over time, making it crucial for accident victims to seek medical attention even if they initially feel fine.
  • Concealed Internal Injuries: Some internal injuries, such as organ damage or internal bleeding, may not exhibit symptoms right away. It may take hours or even days for symptoms to become apparent, emphasizing the importance of post-accident medical evaluations.
  • Delayed-Onset PTSD: Emotional trauma, such as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), can also cause delayed pain. Victims may initially cope with the shock of the accident only to experience emotional distress later on.


Delayed pain after a car accident is a complex issue that requires a thorough understanding of both medical and legal aspects. If you or a loved one has experienced delayed pain following a car accident, seeking medical attention promptly and consulting with experienced personal injury attorneys is crucial. The legal team at Apicella & Schlesinger Attorneys at Law is here to provide the support and expertise needed to navigate the complexities of delayed pain cases and help victims pursue the compensation they deserve. Call us today at (212) 568-4245 for a free consultation.

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