Personal injury is traumatic and can be financially devastating. If you’ve been in an accident at work, home or in the car, you know this to be true. Your entire way of life can change in the blink of an eye and, if you don’t have just the right mix of friends, family, insurance and personal finances, you can end up far worse off than you could ever imagine. Bills can pile up and, though you’re still trying to adjust to life and find a way to keep going, you’re going to be held responsible for many things financially. It can be a taxing time for your loved ones, too, because it could take a while before you’re able to care for yourself again and the added responsibility could become too stressful if you’ve not properly prepared. This can, in turn, harm your self-esteem, which is why it’s so important to be aware of what’s going on and work through any issues that arise. Knowing what possibly lies ahead is the first step towards making your recovery easier and less traumatic.
Through your journey to recovery you’ll likely have to deal with the legal side of personal injury. Personal injury lawyers will likely seem to come out of the woodwork if they hear of your plight. The ones you’re likely to encounter–the ones who will find you–are what people often refer to as “ambulance chasers” and give the entire industry a bad name with their sleazy tactics and familiarity in the halls of hospitals nationwide. Don’t be afraid to look for and hire a personal injury lawyer just because the ones who are most visible are less than honest in their dealings. There are plenty of lawyers who can help you with your legal troubles who don’t fit the stereotypical mold of the disreputable ambulance chaser.
You could experience a loss of self-esteem if you’ve been involved in an accident that’s left you unable to fully care for yourself or even just unable to return to work. Many people gain a strong sense of self-satisfaction and pride from providing their own way through life and having a stable income. It’s not a healthy way to live, however, and this is shown to be true during the most trying times of your life, such as when you’re dealing with injury. Your sense of self needs to come from within you and not be based on any external factors. Reminding yourself that you have value as a person and that your ability to work or care for yourself does not devalue you will help you keep your eye on what’s important: recovery.
Emotional trauma, while a major concern, isn’t the only effect brought about by personal injuries. There are financial costs, too, such as medical bills, purchasing wheelchair accessible vans or equipping your house or apartment with specialized equipment to help you deal with any disabilities or physical impairments resulting from the accident. If you require a wheelchair to get around, you may find it difficult to navigate your house, because you’ll have to account for corners, tight spaces and stairs. It may even be necessary to relocate if you have a home with many stairs or live on the top floor of an apartment building that doesn’t have elevators. Driving could be problematic, too, and may necessitate the purchase of a specialized vehicle or relying on others to take you places.
Friends and Family
Your loved ones are a great resource during times of struggle, but you need to be careful to make sure they’re not being overwhelmed. It’s not on you to keep them happy, however. It’s their responsibility to bring up any issues they have and keep you aware of how they’re feeling. If at all possible, though, you should try to find as many people to help you out as you can, particularly if your troubles are temporary. If you have to go to physical therapy multiple times per week, it could help to find two or three people who would trade on and off so that you can accommodate everyone’s schedules as best as you can. Let everyone know that you appreciate your help and how you’re feeling so they can be ready to assist you as you need.