If you’re one of the roughly 4,200 victims who are injured in Marion County, FL car accidents every year according to the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles, there’s a good chance you’re still experiencing some pain. In a minor crash, you may feel achy or stiff; however, your discomfort may be more severe if your injuries were serious. After several weeks have passed, you may be getting frustrated with what seems to be little progress with your level of pain.
Unfortunately, there’s no one answer for how long you should be sore. However, you may find it helpful to know that your claim for monetary damages does account for this lingering pain and suffering. Your Florida auto accident lawyer will fight to make sure you’re fully compensated, but some information may be helpful.
Your Physician’s Prognosis: Of course, your doctor is the most trustworthy source for understanding the length of your recovery period. Health care professionals who treated you in the immediate aftermath and ever since have information regarding your injuries and prognosis. Plus, your primary care physician should be able to tell you how long you’ll experience symptoms. You might request information for at-home pain management.
Additional Factors That Impact Recovery: Every patient is different, but you can expect a relatively accurate range of healing time, depending on your injuries and the circumstances of the crash. The severity, type, and location of the bodily harm are the primary indicators. You can expect pain to last longer for:
- Concussion, traumatic brain injury, and other head injuries;
- Herniated or bulging discs, and other spinal cord trauma;
- Whiplash and other neck injuries;
- Injuries to hips, knees, and other weight-bearing joints;
- Broken bones, especially compound fractures;
- Cuts that require stitches; and,
- Burns and abrasions.
In addition, some other factors may affect your recovery time, including:
- Vehicle Speed: In general, the faster each vehicle was traveling, the more trauma to your body. The speed of both vehicles can add up to a tremendous force.
- Vehicle Size: The weight and size of each vehicle will also affect your level of pain, and these factors may even be more important than speed – particularly if the accident involved a large truck.
- Seatbelt Use: It’s the law to wear a seatbelt, and doing so exponentially reduces the potential for fatalities in car accidents. However, the strap that keeps you safe can also cause significant strain across your lap and shoulder. You may experience bruising and pain in these areas for quite some time after the incident.
An Ocala, FL Car Accidents Attorney Can Provide Legal Help
While you should trust your health care provider to address soreness after an accident, you can count on the Ocala personal injury attorneys at Piccin & Glynn to deliver assistance with the legal issues. To learn more about your monetary damages for your pain and suffering, please call our Ocala, FL office to set up a free consultation. You can reach a member of our team at 352-581-6174 or via our website.