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How Long Should You Be Sore After a Car Accident?

You’ve been in a car accident, and now you’re wondering: how long should you expect to feel sore? It’s a common concern among accident victims, and rightfully so. Soreness can be uncomfortable, and understanding its duration is essential for your recovery. Our Denver car accident attorneys will address this common question based upon our experience helping thousands of accident victims pursue compensation for their injuries.

If you sustained injuries in an accident in Colorado, contact our Denver car accident attorneys today to schedule your free consultation. Our experienced legal team are knowledgeable and zealous advocates for our clients and their cases. We treat our clients as people, not case files. Learn more about how we can help you pursue compensation for your injuries and damages. Contact our Denver law firm to learn more.

Duration of Soreness After an Accident

Ideally, soreness should gradually improve over time. However, it’s crucial to know what’s considered normal and when to seek further medical attention. Every auto accident results in different injuries and severity; however, it is very common to experience back injury symptoms like lower back pain, neck pain and upper back pain. In minor crashes, it is typical to experience soreness and discomfort for up to six weeks. More serious injuries often result in soreness, tightness, pain, feeling of pressure and other symptoms for months up to years.

It is important that you do not wait out a typical or average time period for soreness to seek medical evaluation and treatment. You may have serious undiagnosed injuries that could become worse and even life threatening if left unaddressed. By seeking treatment you can get relief from pain and soreness and get on a treatment plan to heal more quickly. If you delay seeking medical care and later decide to pursue an insurance claim or personal injury lawsuit, the insurance adjuster will use your delay in care against you.

How long does your body hurt after a car accident?

The duration of your soreness can vary based on several factors, including the severity and type of injuries you’ve sustained. For instance, soft tissue damage such as muscle strains or sprains may resolve within six weeks. In contrast, injuries like broken bones or ligament damage may require more extended periods for recovery. More serious injuries may result in long term or permanent symptoms. Delaying or declining seeking medical care may result in delayed or incomplete healing from injuries. Many catastrophic injuries do not heal without medical intervention so you may endure soreness and other symptoms unnecessarily by deciding not to take care of yourself.

You may be worried about seeking medical care after a car accident due to factors such as:

  • Not having money to pay medical bills
  • Worried about how you will pay medical bills in the future
  • Problems getting time off from work to obtain medical care
  • Your doctor won’t see you for motor vehicle collision injuries

These are all valid and reasonable concerns. In our experience, most accident victims come to our law firm with one or more of these concerns. As part of our work advocating for our clients, we can help you problem solve these worries. We will explore avenues to pay for medical bills and consider future medical needs when pursuing insurance claims and litigation when necessary. We can help you find medical providers with traumatic injury experience and scheduling flexibility so you can make appointments with minimal impact to your job. Contact us for a free case review to learn more about how we can help you take care of yourself after a crash.

Managing Soreness After a Car Accident

While soreness is a natural part of the healing process, there are steps you can take to alleviate discomfort and promote recovery:

  1. Rest: Allow your body ample time to rest and recuperate. Avoid overexertion, as it can exacerbate injuries and prolong soreness.
  2. Ice and Heat Therapy: Alternating between ice packs and heat therapy can help reduce inflammation and alleviate pain. Apply ice to sore areas for the first few days, then switch to heat for lingering discomfort.
  3. Hydration: Stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water. Hydration is essential for flushing toxins from your body and facilitating muscle healing.
  4. Gentle Stretching: Engage in gentle stretching exercises to improve flexibility and alleviate muscle tension. Ensure that you perform stretches correctly to avoid further injury.
  5. Nutritious Diet: Provide your body with the necessary nutrients to support healing. Consult with your doctor to develop a balanced diet plan tailored to your recovery needs.
  6. Follow Medical Advice: Adhere to your doctor’s recommendations and treatment plan to expedite the healing process effectively.

Of course, we always recommend that you seek prompt medical attention and follow the advice of your treating physician. They are best equipped to evaluate your injuries and guide you through a treatment plan. A comprehensive treatment plan for accident injuries often involves physical therapy, rehabilitation, medication, rest, at-home stretching and potentially other modes of treatment. In our experience, most clients recover from the physical injuries within a few months if they follow their doctor’s treatment plan and we always encourage you to get the best value out of your medical bills by taking your treatment seriously.

Understanding Soreness in Legal Context

In legal terms, soreness constitutes a component of pain and suffering damages in car accident cases. These damages aim to compensate for the intangible suffering experienced by victims beyond medical expenses. Pain and suffering is a form of non-economic damages that compensate you for the harm caused by the accident that are not financial losses. Medical bills, lost wages and other economic damages are also harm you experience after a crash; however, they do not tell the full story of how your accident injuries affected your life.

Pain and suffering damages must be proven through evidence, like all forms of damages you may pursue in your case. Your testimony and the testimony of other people in your life is important evidence but other forms of evidence can be powerful and persuasive tools. Medical records discussing your injuries and the symptoms as you experience them are extremely useful as evidence. These records show the types of symptoms over time and reflect your doctor’s acknowledgement that the symptoms are part of your injuries. Medical records describing your symptoms through the course of your case can be more persuasive than your testimony later at trial. Jurors may be suspicious of testimony overselling soreness after the fact, but collaboration with medical records helps prove the accuracy of your testimony.

Seeking Medical and Legal Assistance

If you’re experiencing soreness after a car accident, it’s imperative to seek medical attention promptly. Document your symptoms and follow your doctor’s advice diligently. By taking care of your injuries and symptoms with healthcare providers, you can overcome your injuries as quickly as possible. You also create strong evidence of your injuries and how they affect your life. Your lawyer will be able to use records of needed medical care as proof of your injuries and symptoms like soreness when negotiating a settlement or presenting your case to a jury. Treating your injuries seriously and following your doctor’s treatment plan is the best way to take care of your health and your legal claims.

Consult Our Car Accident Attorneys for Guidance

At Front Range Injury Attorneys, our team is dedicated to assisting individuals injured in car accidents. If you’re struggling with lingering soreness or pain following a crash, we’re here to provide comprehensive legal support. Schedule a free consultation with us today to explore your options and seek the compensation you deserve.

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