How Long Should You Be Sore After A Car Accident?
If you were in a car crash a few days or a week ago, chances are that you are still sore. The pain you are experiencing should not be something that you ignore or shrug off as minor. Pain and soreness in your head, shoulders, neck, and back all contribute to poor work performance, mood swings, fatigue, and poor quality of life, all of which lead to strain on your finances and relationships.
You may think that a little whiplash is no problem, but neck pain from this type of injury can last for weeks, months, years, and even for life, especially if you do not get proper medical treatment right away. Sometimes the real soreness, aches, and pain come days later. Athletes and fitness enthusiasts are familiar with this delayed soreness, known as Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness (DOMS). The cause of this phenomenon is unknown to scientists, but it is similar to the pain associated with the sudden deceleration of a traumatic car crash.
Common Accident Injuries That Cause Prolonged Pain and Soreness
- Traumatic brain injury;
- Disc injuries, including bulging disc, pinched nerve, and herniated disc;
- Torn ligaments, specifically torn meniscus, torn labrum, and torn ACL tendon;
- Sprained or strained joints, including ankle, knee, elbow, shoulder, wrist, and fingers;
- Fractured or hairline fractured bones;
- Soft tissue injury;
- Internal organ damage; and
- Nerve damage.
All of the above injuries are severe, and could require medical treatment or chiropractic care to overcome. The specific treatment that you are prescribed depends on your doctor and your exact condition, but may entail physical therapy, bed rest, braces or casts, and surgery.
If you contact our office one of our accident attorneys can recommend doctors, urgent care facilities, therapists and chiropractors in your area. If you don’t have health insurance you can speak to our attorneys about getting treated under a Letter of Protection. Most importantly our attorneys can talk to you about your car wreck, we can get the crash report for you and review the history of the driver who hit you. This information will be critical when filing a claim to recover damages for your injuries and medical bills.
Auto Accident Doctors Near Me
There are thousands of qualified physicians in and around Houston, and hundreds of high quality hospitals and urgent care centers. You can search for doctors near you with a variety of websites, including ZocDoc, Memorial Hermann, and many more. The most important thing is to act quickly to ensure that there is enough medical evidence to file a personal injury claim. The longer you wait, the better an insurance company can argue that the condition is not as bad as you say it is, that the pain you are experiencing was caused by another incident, or that the injury is from a pre-existing condition.
Essentially, the longer you wait the “colder” the trail of evidence becomes. Act now by contacting an attorney and scheduling a doctor’s appointment. If you cannot get in within a day, it is best to schedule with an urgent care facility or even go to the emergency room if your pain and discomfort get worse. You may be suffering from a severe traumatic brain injury, a bulging disc, internal bleeding, or compromised internal organs—all of which are serious conditions that need to be treated right away.
A Houston Personal Injury Attorney can Help You Today
If you have not yet reported a crash, or have reported it but initially thought that your injuries were not severe enough to pursue medical, lost wages, and pain and suffering damages, it is not too late. Call the Houston personal injury attorneys with Michael P. Fleming & Associates, P.C. today at 713-221-6800.