It’s not easy to live with any kind of injury, whether you suffer from one on the job or you’re hurt in a serious car crash. Injuries can happen to anyone almost anywhere, so you’re not alone in dealing with this change in your life.
As someone who is dealing with the frustration of a major injury, it’s important to learn how to cope. Some common methods for handling new injuries and disabilities include:
- Working with a therapist to help with mental health concerns such as changes in mood or behavior, anxiety or depression
- Hiring an in-home caregiver or nurse to provide assistance and to give your family support and needed relief
- Working through physical or occupational therapy to give you better control over your body with its new injuries or disabilities
- Taking specialized medications to help with chronic pain or dysfunction
After an injury, you don’t just have to worry about the pain and dysfunction that it causes. You’ll likely have other concerns, too, like how you’re going to pay your bills or how you’ll be able to do the things you wanted to do prior to the accident. It’s important to understand that how you do things in the future may change, but you still have options.
For example, if you’re concerned about bills, talk to your attorney about filing a personal injury claim against the party who caused your injuries. Similarly, if you’re hurt by a defective product or because of falling on someone’s property, you can still pursue a claim and ask those individuals to cover your medical care, lost wages and other financial impacts caused by the incident.
Don’t let stress overwhelm you after an injury
The stress of a situation like this can seem overwhelming, but there is help for that as well. Your attorney will take the lead on your lawsuit or claim, and you can turn to the medical community for support with post-traumatic stress, anxiety, depression and other issues you may be struggling with.
You should also sit down and think about your support system. Your family and friends are there, and you also have the legal system and your medical team to rely on. There may be local groups who meet with one another that face medical concerns like you have today, too. Finding like-minded people and a strong support system can help you handle the stress and learn to cope with all the changes that have come your way.