It’s natural to focus on the physical aspect of catastrophic injuries because we want to heal and get rid of the pain. But what about the emotional impacts of injury? These are also important to address as they are a big part of your recovery and outlook.
Before we dive into this topic, let’s be clear. We are personal injury lawyers, not medical doctors. Please do reach out to your doctor or therapist for clinical advice on your situation. And, if you are experiencing suicidal thoughts, please call the National Suicide Prevention Hotline at 1-800-273-TALK (1-800-273-8255) to speak with a trained counselor.
Some injuries are so catastrophic that they significantly alter your lifestyle. In many cases, they are severe, long lasting, or even permanent. They might include spinal cord injuries, brain injuries, amputations, disfigurement, or loss of vision.
Injuries like these might mean:
It’s OK to take time to acknowledge and grieve these changes and losses.
If your injury was caused by someone else’s carelessness or wrongdoing, you may be struggling with painful memories of what happened.
For instance, many of our clients have struggled through PTSD after a car accident or dog attack. Anxiety, phobias, flashbacks, and nightmares are also signs that you might be processing a traumatic event.
In these situations, a therapist may be a valuable source of help to wor through the trauma of your injury.
The National Institute of Mental Health offers some helpful tips for how to cope following trauma:
Above all, do not be afraid to ask for help.
We’d like to encourage you to reach out to one of our personal injury attorneys if you’ve not taken that step as part of your process. Our compassionate team offers free case evaluations, and we only charge a fee if we win you a settlement. We can take the legal stress off your shoulders so you can focus on your healing.
We recognize that a settlement won’t make everything better and undo the trauma. However, a settlement can help you recoup your medical costs, including therapy, as well as acknowledge the pain and suffering you’ve experienced. You can reach us by phone or by filling out the “Get Free Consultation” form on our contact page.