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Delayed back pain and workers’ compensation

Sometimes Kentucky workers have to handle heavy loads while on the job, and every now and then someone might suffer a back injury due to unsafe working practices. In some instances, an employee might not feel any pain after a workplace incident. You could decide that the incident was not worth reporting and shrug it off. However, just because you do not feel back pain now does not mean it will not happen in the near future.

When an accident occurs, it is natural for the heart to race and adrenalin to flow through your body. As the Back Pain Authority website points out, adrenalin stifles pain, which could explain why you experienced no pain in the heat of the moment. You could also feel no pain for the next few hours afterward. However, that would likely change when the adrenalin subsides. You might be startled to experience back pain and even not link it to the workplace incident.

Sometimes a back injury is “incomplete” from the time you experienced it. As the hours pass, the injury will continue to progress until it reaches its full state of completion, when you would likely start feeling the pain. At times, an injury might not hurt you until the damaged part of your body experiences circulatory problems or is retaining fluid. You might also create pain by performing physical actions that aggravate your back injury.

For these reasons, anyone who is injured on the job, even if they experience no pain, should report the incident as soon as possible. As Findlaw points out, no workplace has to offer you compensation benefits until you report your workplace accident and file a claim with your employer. By reporting your incident, you are documenting a link to your delayed back pain if you should experience it, which can help boost your credibility when you want to file for medical compensation.

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