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Delayed Symptoms of a Workplace Injury

holding head in painSometimes workers are not aware they suffered an injury. This often happens when they are developing an occupational disease.

If you notice any of these symptoms, your first priority is seeking medical treatment. After that, you should strongly consider pursuing workers’ compensation benefits if the doctor says you may have a work-related injury or illness.

If you have delayed symptoms of a work injury, it is important to work with an experienced attorney who can guide you through the process, including filing an appeal if your claim is denied. Below, learn more about some delayed symptoms of workplace injuries.


Concussions are a form of mild traumatic brain injury usually caused by a blow to the head or sudden change in the body’s momentum, causing the brain to hit the inside of the skull.

If you have been hit on the head, look out for the following symptoms of a concussion:

  • Loss of consciousness
  • Headaches
  • Dizziness
  • Confusion
  • Change in eating or sleeping habits
  • Sensitivity to loud noises or bright lights
  • Memory loss
  • Changes in mood
  • Decreased response time

In many cases, concussion symptoms do not appear until days after the injury-causing event. Sustaining a concussion can make a person more susceptible to suffering another concussion or other traumatic brain injury.

Soft-Tissue Injuries

Soft-tissue injuries involve damage to the muscles, tendons or ligaments. Some soft-tissue injuries include:

  • Whiplash – This is a soft tissue injury to the neck and shoulders that is commonly caused in car accidents and other events that cause a sudden change in momentum.
  • Strains – These are muscle or tendon injuries.
  • Sprains – These are injuries to ligaments that connect bones together.
  • Contusions – These can occur when muscles are damaged by a sudden impact.

Many soft-tissue injuries do not result in immediate symptoms, so they may not be noticed until a few days or a week later. Delayed symptoms may include:

  • Pain
  • Swelling, stiffness or discoloration to the affected area of the body
  • Pain to the affected area when bearing weight

Back/Spinal Injuries

Back injuries are commonly caused by work activities, especially for employees who complete physical work. Back injuries can result from workplace accidents like a fall or a sprain or they can occur over time, such as when the worker develops degenerative disc disease due to a lot of heavy lifting.

Similarly, spinal cord injuries from a fall or chronic condition may not immediately be symptomatic. The first symptom may be back pain.

Delayed symptoms of back and spinal injuries include:

  • Numbness and tingling in the legs and arms
  • Radiating pain followed by numbness in the affected area of the body

Seek immediate medical attention if you sustain long bouts of numbness or paralysis.

Internal Injuries

Internal injuries are often not readily apparent because there may be no external sign of an injury. Additionally, many of these injuries do not result in symptoms until days or even weeks after the injury. Symptoms of internal injuries include:

  • Nausea
  • Vomiting of blood
  • Bloody, dark or black stools
  • Headache
  • Digestive problems
  • Substantial swelling to the abdomen
  • Dizziness when standing up
  • Fainting

If you are suffering from substantial swelling, seek immediate medical assistance.

Contact a Lawyer for Help

If you are suffering from any of these occupational injuries or diseases, it is important that you contact an experienced Bakersfield workers’ compensation lawyer to determine if you may be eligible for workers’ compensation benefits. Claims involving delayed symptoms may be tougher to get approved because insurance companies may be suspicious about the cause of your injury and whether it is related to your job.

Our team is prepared to investigate and gather evidence to support your claim.

For a free case evaluation with Berry, Smith & Bartell, a Professional Law Corporation call 1-800-848-6288 today!

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