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How long does it take to recover from a car accident?

On Behalf of | May 19, 2021 | Motor Vehicle Accidents

After a car accident where you suffered an injury, you may only care about when you will physically be back to normal. An injury can make you lose time at work, which results in money loss, so you want to heal as quickly as possible.

How fast you will recover, though, depends on a lot of different factors about your injury and personal situation. Plus, you may have more to worry about than just the physical injuries. According to Spine Health & Wellness, the mental impact of an accident can also hold you back.

Physical injuries

Physical injuries can range from minor bumps and bruises to serious life-altering damage. Your recovery directly depends on the seriousness of your injury. If it is bad enough, you may never fully recover. For minor injuries, you will usually heal in a couple of weeks. However, pain can linger for years even if the actual damage is not too serious.

Mental injuries

The mental impact of an injury may last longer than the physical damage. It is common to not recognize the accident had a mental impact on you at first. You may not notice it until you get behind the wheel again and cannot drive due to panic or fear. Mental injuries can occur no matter how minor the accident was.

Healing from these injuries can take years. You have to first admit there is a problem and then work through it with professional help.

No matter what injuries you suffer from a car accident, you should give yourself adequate time to heal. Never rush your recovery, and always seek help from trained medical professionals.