For anyone who has been in a crash, it’s a question that needs to be answered: how long should I be sore after a car accident? Here’s what you should do following an auto accident injury.
Many of the clients we have represented over the years have suffered from serious injuries following a car accident. For some of them, the damage that they had sustained was not obvious at first. Only after suffering from pain for weeks did they realize that something was seriously wrong.
What do you do in this type of situation?
In this post, we want to lay out some information to help in case you are ever in an accident and you aren’t sure whether your injuries are serious.
Is Soreness Normal Following a Car Accident?
First off, we want to make it clear that we are not medical professionals of any kind—not doctors, not nurses, not paramedics. You should not use this or any of the other information on our site to diagnose yourself or others. In every single instance, we recommend to our clients that seeing a doctor after an accident is not only a good idea: it’s absolutely critical.
What we can say from the experience of meeting with and representing clients who have been hurt is that many people experience pain and soreness following a car accident. It often lasts longer than you might expect. Does that mean that you should not take action to try and find some relief? Absolutely not.
Why You Shouldn’t Fight through the Pain
Above we made clear that we are not doctors and that you should not use anything that we say as medical advice. Why would it be any different for you? Unless you are a medical doctor, you are not equipped with the knowledge and training necessary to know if your injuries are serious (and even if you are a doctor, you should seek a diagnosis from another physician).
The bottom line is that you don’t know whether your injuries could turn into chronic or degenerative conditions, leading to lasting damage and a long road to recovery.
How Long Should I Be Sore after a Car Accident? That’s a Question for the Doctor
We cannot emphasize this point enough—see a doctor as soon as possible following even a minor accident. If you are worried that your injuries are serious, well, all the more reason to see someone who can actually do something about it. Hoping it will go away will accomplish nothing.
What to Do If Your Injuries Are Serious
If your doctor tells you that your injuries are serious, you need to talk to a qualified attorney. In addition to making sure that you get the treatment you need to fully recover from your injuries, you need to visit a doctor so that you can document the damage in case you need to go to court.