There is no simple answer to this question. It depends on the type of injury and a person’s overall health. It could be a few days, weeks, or months. This blog covers two of the most common car crash injuries – muscle strains and broken bones – and what you should do if you are sore after a car accident.
The two most common car accident injuries that lead to soreness
Muscle strains (or sprains) are injuries to muscles or tendons. They occur when fibers are overstretched or torn. They often occur in car crashes because of the forces exerted on the body. You may not notice a muscle strain right away or a few days after a car crash. Muscle strains typically heal within a few weeks or months. Common home remedies for muscle strains include rest, ice, and elevation.
Broken bones typically heal in 6-8 weeks. Healing times vary depending on the type of break or fracture. For example, fractures can be partial (where the break does not go all the way through the bone) or complete (where the bone is broken in two or more pieces), as well as displaced (where the broken pieces do not line up) or non-displaced (where the broken pieces still line up). A person’s age, overall health, and lifestyle choices can affect healing times. For instance, nicotine can slow healing because it narrows the blood vessels that provide oxygen and nutrients to injured areas.
What should you do if you are sore after a car accident
Get medical treatment
Michigan has a No-Fault Insurance system. That means, generally, a person’s own auto insurance pays for their crash related medical bills, even if the person was at fault for the crash. That said, insurance companies routinely look for reasons not to pay medical bills. One common reason they give is the lack of medical treatment soon after the crash. For example, they will argue, “You must not have been hurt in the crash because you didn’t go to the Emergency Room or seek treatment right away.” To help avoid this, go to the Emergency Room or your family doctor if you are even a little sore after a car crash. You may just be a little sore, but you want to get checked over to document it in case it is something more serious.
Go back to the doctor if things get worse or don’t improve
Most crash injuries take time to heal, but don’t just assume you will get better. If time passes and you are still having pain or soreness, go back to your doctor. Report your issues and request additional treatment. Something more serious than a sprain or strain may be going on, like a bone fracture, torn muscle, torn ligament, or torn tendon. Your doctor will likely order additional tests, such as an MRI or x-ray, or refer you to a specialist, such as an orthopedic surgeon or neurologist.
The best way to know what is going on in your body is to see a doctor. Don’t lose sleep wondering, Is something more serious going on? Seek medical care.
Talk with an experienced personal injury lawyer
If you were injured and someone else was at fault for the crash, you likely have multiple legal claims. You should consult with an experienced personal injury attorney to learn about and protect your rights. It will also give you peace of mind. Information puts you in control. Talk with an experienced personal injury attorney if you have soreness after a car accident so you can make the best decisions for you and your family.
If you were in a car crash, call or contact Conybeare Law Office now
A car accident is a scary, painful, and traumatic experience. It can be difficult to know who to talk to after a crash, but having an experienced Michigan car accident attorney can help alleviate much of the stress and uncertainty that comes after an accident. The knowledgeable car accident lawyers at Conybeare Law Office will help you understand your rights so you feel like you are in control, and they will fight to get you the money you deserve. To learn more about the wide range of legal services offered to our Michigan car accident clients, talk to our office today. Conybeare Law Office has offices in Saint Joseph and Kalamazoo, Michigan, and proudly serves all of southwest Michigan and beyond. Call or contact us for a free consultation. We look forward to talking to you. Remember, if it’s not fair, call the bear.
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