how long does soreness last after a car accident

Car accidents happen quickly. In the aftermath of a collision, you may feel uneasy, but not necessarily any pain. However, many accident victims report soreness and other types of pain a few days after accidents happen. 

 

In some cases, soreness may last for only a few days. While in other cases, soreness and general discomfort can last for weeks or months after an accident occurs. Unfortunately, you will not know if the soreness that you feel is due to minor or more serious injuries until you seek the opinion of a medical professional. 

 

Soreness can sometimes last for six weeks or longer after an accident. However, if you wait that long to seek medical attention, you could jeopardize your chances at a successful personal injury claim with insurance providers. 

 

Never wait for your pain to disappear on its own. At Steinberg Injury Lawyers, our team of car accident lawyers will work to hold liable parties responsible for your injuries and fight for the compensation that you deserve. Learn more about tending to soreness and injuries after an accident below. 

Why You Should Seek Immediate Medical Attention

No matter the severity of an accident, it is typically in your best interest to immediately seek medical attention after it occurs. A proper diagnosis of your injuries can be beneficial to your overall health and your ability to effectively seek compensation. 

 

If you wait for days or weeks for a medical diagnosis of an injury, the insurance company could hold it against you. From their point of view, they cannot be sure that you were actually injured as a result of the accident since you were not immediately diagnosed. This can hinder negotiations, cause lowball settlement offer amounts, and potentially result in a denied claim. 

Common Injuries That Cause Soreness

Though many people attempt to self diagnose themselves using online resources, this is usually not the most accurate method of obtaining a diagnosis. Soreness can stem from many types of injuries. Physicians often use testing techniques for car accident victims such as x-rays, range of motion tests, and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) tests. Common injuries that cause prolonged soreness after car accidents include:

 
  • Whiplash

  • Torn ligaments

  • Hairline fractures

  • Injuries to soft tissue

  • Sprained tendons and/or joints

  • Disc injuries

Contact a Car Accident Lawyer Today

If you or someone that you love has been injured as a result of the fault of another driver, it is recommended that you act quickly to ensure your physical and financial wellbeing. After an accident has occurred, your first step should be to seek medical attention. Your second step should be to contact a reputable car accident lawyer in your area. 

 

At Steinberg Injury Lawyers, we are compassionate, aggressive, and ready to fight for your right to maximum compensation for the damages that you have suffered. 

 

Do not wait until the statute of limitations to pursue personal injury cases has expired. Contact Steinberg Injury Lawyers online or give us a call at 1-800-989-6385 today to schedule a free, no-obligation consultation

Peter Steinberg
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Los Angeles Personal Injury Attorney Since 1982
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