If I am sore shortly after an accident but not in pain, should I see a doctor?
Yes. It is often said that an automobile accident victim will be in the most pain in the 24 to 72 hours after an accident. So, if you are sore at the accident scene or a few hours later, you most likely will worsen over the next few days. The part of your body that is sore may be quite painful upon physical examination by the doctor. If you are sore shortly after an accident, try to get in to see your doctor that day or go to an emergency hospital or urgent care center. It will be better for you both medically and legally. Any substantial lag between the accident date and when you first see a doctor will be utilized by the insurance company to claim that you were really not injured in the accident, making the settlement of your claim more difficult.