How Long Should I Be Sore After a Colorado Car Accident?

Sore After a Colorado Car Accident

Written by Jeremy D. Earle, JD

March 26, 2022

SYMPTOMS OF A CAR ACCIDENT INJURY THAT ARE EXCRUCIATING

The days and weeks after a serious car accident are described in one word by many of our clients: agonizing. Even a simple car accident may cause substantial and long-term pain.

While all pain is unwanted, some are, of course, to be anticipated. However, as the weeks and months pass and the agony continues, accident victims begin to wonder: “How long is this going to last?” Then, more often than not, they have another, more disturbing thought: Am I more gravely damaged than I thought?

In this blog article, we’ll discuss what to do if a car accident injury lasts longer than you believe it should, as well as your legal options for dealing with long-term injuries following a car accident. Contact an experienced Colorado car accident attorney immediately to learn more about pursuing compensation for car accident injuries.

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IS IT NORMAL FOR ME TO STILL BE SORE AFTER MY CAR ACCIDENT?

Let us state right away that we are not physicians. We are unable to provide you with medical advice. Do not attempt to diagnose yourself using the information provided. Our general recommendation to all of our clients at Warrior Car Accident Lawyers is to obtain proper emergency and follow-up medical treatment at all times.

Only a skilled doctor can assess your injuries and provide the best treatment plan for you. This is particularly true when it comes to pain, which differs greatly from person to person.

It is normal for discomfort following a car accident to continue longer than you believe it should, in our experience as attorneys, not physicians.

Of course, your age, the type of your injury, and your general health will all play a role in how long it takes for you to recover. However, due to the unanticipated annoyance that injuries impose on your life, it sometimes seems that they endure too long.

The pain you experience after a car accident is not the same as the discomfort you experience after a scheduled procedure when your doctor has informed you how long the pain will continue. You had no control over the agony caused by an car accident. You want it to go away as quickly as possible, even if that’s not feasible.

So, yes, it is usual for someone to be painful for longer than they may imagine following a car accident, based on our experience with our customers.

But it doesn’t mean it’s always normal or that persistent pain is something you can or should just endure. By a long shot, no. Here are some frequent circumstances in which persistent discomfort might indicate a more serious, even life-threatening, health issue.

INJURIES THAT AREN’T VISIBLE

Because individuals are horrible at being their physicians, we advise all of our customers and prospective clients to get adequate medical attention as soon as possible following a car accident—any car accident.

For starters, victims’ adrenaline is often high in the seconds after a car collision, obscuring the intensity of any pain they may be experiencing. As the adrenaline wears off, pain becomes more noticeable, sometimes exposing serious damage.

Other injuries, by definition, do not manifest symptoms straight away. Whiplash, for example, is a frequent car accident injury that involves damage to the soft tissues in the neck and is most uncomfortable in the days after the collision rather than right away.

Internal injuries that aren’t apparent, such as severe brain damage or internal bleeding, might take hours or days to manifest symptoms. By the time they do, the situation is typically catastrophic.

To put it another way, although prolonged discomfort may be typical, it might also be an indication of an injury you weren’t aware of.

TOUGHING IT OUT IS MAKING THINGS WORSE

People are not just bad at being their physicians in general, but they also have a remarkable capacity to deceive themselves about their overall health. Pain is seen by some people—probably much more than they would admit—as either an inescapable part of life or even a sign of personal weakness. Consequently, many individuals assume that toughing it out is the only way to deal with suffering.

However, there is a flaw with such thinking. Nobody will give you a prize for how much agony you can take. Pain is your body’s method of informing you that things aren’t quite right.

If you convince yourself that enduring pain is normal, even virtuous, you run the risk of disregarding discomfort that indicates a hazardous deterioration in your health.

Living with pain may harm your health. Pain impacts how we move and hold ourselves and the quality of our sleep, and our emotional and mental well-being. As a result, toughing things out may result in a general worsening in your health.

CONDITIONS THAT ARE CHRONIC OR DEGENERATIVE

Although some car accident injuries heal technically, the accident victim suffers from persistent agony. Other injuries raise the risk of subsequent health problems, such as early joint failure or bone disintegration, which may cause a slew of severe symptoms and limitations.

These diseases are just as serious as the original damage you sustained, which has now healed. Early medical intervention and treatment may be able to delay or even prevent the onset of certain illnesses. But first, you must identify them as problems that are not normal and are directly related to your car accident.

SO, HOW CAN I TELL THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN NORMAL SORENESS AND SOMETHING MORE SERIOUS?

Consult a physician. This is something we can’t stress enough. Do not attempt to diagnose yourself. Do not put up a fight.

Do not think that arthritis or a deteriorating spinal disc are just indications of age, but rather that they are the direct outcome of a previous car accident injury that you were unaware of. Instead of wondering and even neglecting a dangerous ailment, go to the doctor and get checked out.

BUT WHAT IF THE DOCTOR SAYS THE PAIN I’M EXPERIENCING ISN’T NORMAL? SO, WHAT’S NEXT?

To begin, follow your doctor’s directions for receiving the proper treatment and therapy. Then, make an appointment with an expert car accident injury lawyer. Why should you meet with a lawyer?

Because the pain is a symptom of a more severe health problem, you may be entitled to hefty compensation from the party who caused your car accident. And because you have nothing to lose by meeting with a lawyer for a free consultation.

People often believe that if they don’t feel wounded soon after a car accident, they don’t have a case against the at-fault driver. We understand why people believe this, but they are incorrect.

An car accident injury that shows up weeks, months, or even years after the collision might still be the foundation for a successful injury claim. All you need is the assistance of an expert car accident injury lawyer to pursue it.

Better yet, get legal advice as soon as possible following an car accident, before the pain from the collision seems to have lasted too long. Experienced car accident attorneys can assist you in locating medical assistance to evaluate if you incurred an injury that is likely to worsen over time and what you can do to avoid this.

Lawyers also have a lot of expertise estimating what the future expenses of a car accident injury would be, so you may seek compensation that covers all potential costs, not just the ones you’re aware of right now.

HOW CAN A CAR ACCIDENT ATTORNEY ASSIST ME?

It is very dependent on your specific circumstances. However, a competent car accident lawyer’s main goal is to figure out how to get you the money you deserve for an injury that wasn’t your fault. If you have a long-term injury, your compensation choices will be determined by several variables, including:

WHO WAS AT FAULT FOR THE ACCIDENT THAT RESULTED IN YOUR PERSISTENT PAIN

 Some parties are simpler to sue in Colorado than others. Accident victims must first seek reimbursement from their no-fault insurance coverage in circumstances when the other motorist is at fault.

Victims may only file a lawsuit against the other motorist and specific parties liable for his actions if their injuries were especially severe.

On the other hand, Colorado’s no-fault insurance regulations do not normally prevent non-driver-related parties from obtaining reimbursement for their acts that caused an car accident.

WHEN YOU INITIALLY WENT TO THE DOCTOR BECAUSE YOU WERE IN AGONY

This is one of the many reasons why seeing a doctor is so crucial. The sooner you seek medical attention for a car accident injury, whether or not you were aware that the damage was caused by the car accident, the higher your prospects of recovering compensation for that injury later.

Other possible causes for your ongoing pain accumulate over time, making verifying the discomfort’s source more difficult.

THE ACCURACY OF YOUR DIAGNOSIS

The higher your lawyer’s ability to substantiate the amount of compensation you receive, the more clarity a doctor has regarding what is causing your persistent suffering following a car accident.

A lawyer may be able to assist you in bolstering your diagnosis by linking you with medical experts who handle car accident victims.

YOUR LAWYER’S ABILITIES AND RESOURCES

 Lawyers aren’t all created equal. Some people just want simple instances. Others aren’t afraid to go into the details of a case’s facts and legislation to assist a client get maximum compensation. Hiring a lawyer with a reputation for competence and a track record of success is your best bet for obtaining the money you need and deserve.

WILL A SETTLEMENT ALLOW ME TO RECOVER MILLIONS OF DOLLARS?

We don’t know without knowing the specifics of your case, and neither does any other respectable attorney. Every case is unique, and the number of damages for long-term suffering after a car accident is determined by the investigation you, your doctor. Your lawyer does together to determine what’s wrong and what it will take to make you well.

Is it feasible that a car accident injury will result in a huge settlement? Yes. Is it possible for an honest lawyer to tell you how much money an accident claim is worth straight away? No. A lawyer can tell you what sorts of damages you may be able to collect in the event of an car accident. They are divided into two groups:

SPECIAL DAMAGES, OFTEN KNOWN AS ECONOMIC DAMAGES.

This is reimbursement for out-of-pocket expenses incurred from an car accident injury, including medical bills, replacement services such as housecleaning or transportation, and lost pay due to time off work.

GENERAL DAMAGES, OFTEN KNOWN AS NON-ECONOMIC DAMAGES.

This is remuneration for the pain, annoyance, and negative consequences of a car accident injury.

In circumstances where the person or corporation that caused your harm engaged in particularly egregious behavior, a court may impose so-called punitive or exemplary damages to penalize that party. Inquire with your attorney about the possibility of punitive damages in your case.

HOW LONG WOULD DAMAGES TAKE TO RECOVER?

There is no way of knowing. Some instances may be resolved within a few weeks. Others might take years to complete. However, in general, the stronger a case is, the quicker it proceeds.

That is why, following a car accident, you should always consult a doctor as soon as possible. The more proof you have that the suffering you are experiencing now is the consequence of an car accident that occurred weeks, months, or even years ago, the higher your chances of holding the individual or corporation responsible.

Pain is an undesirable element of most car accidents’ aftermath. Pain that lasts longer than you expect it to might be natural, but it could also be a symptom of a severe ailment that requires financial assistance to address. Speak with an experienced Colorado car accident attorney now to get started on getting the compensation you deserve.

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