When injured in a major accident, do you plan to fight back?
For the many people put in such situations, their lives can change forever. From physical and emotional injuries to lost opportunities, consequences can be severe.
That said making sure you have the right legal backing behind you is imperative. When you opt for the right injury lawyer to take your case, things can definitely be on the upswing.
So, will you make the proper call when the time comes to get legal help?
What Are Your Priorities After Post-Injury?
As you look to get your life back to some normalcy after a serious injury at the hands of others, where do you start?
To begin with, you should look at the big picture. Given physical and emotional damages, how will injuries impact you? Whether a vehicle accident, workplace injury, or even an injury in a store or other business, don’t brush it off.
Be sure to discuss the following with your legal counsel:
- Accident details – To start with, how were you injured? If in a vehicle accident, did the other driver stop? Was it a staged accident? Do you have any eyewitnesses or video to support your version of events? You might have been so injured that you can’t even recall the details. Having a full police report on the chain of events can assist you.
- Injury details – Depending on the injuries, you could have a significant rehab. If so, how will this impact your finances (see more below)? Being unable to earn a regular income could put you in dire financial straits. Those injuries could also lead to having issues with personal relationships moving forward.
- Financial details – With an inability to work full-time, how will you pay your bills? If you have others depending on you, how can you meet their needs too? You also have to look at the medical bills, some of which can prove quite high. Even with health insurance, you could deal with financial issues on your bills for years to come.
Emotional Trauma Can Linger Too
As bad as the physical injuries can prove to be, the emotional trauma can be as bad if not worse.
Stop for a moment and think about how an injury can impact your ability to have normal relationships.
By having to deal with head and other injuries for years to come, your life could be forever changed. From migraines to loss of memory at times, the list of medical ramifications could go on and on.
There is also the trauma of reliving the accident in your mind over and over again. From nightmares to not wanting to get in a vehicle again or set foot in a business, the trauma can be quite real. You may get to a point and time where seeking some mental health help is in your best interests.
While the physical injuries may go away over time, the mental ones could stay with you the rest of your life. Along with possibly seeking some mental help, also lean heavily on those close to you for support.
This means not only your immediate partner, but also other family members and close friends. Don’t be afraid to take that assistance when it is offered.
In many cases, it can mean:
- Having someone to talk to whenever you feel the need
- Letting someone help you with chores or other needs.
- Giving back to those around you. As you do this, you increase your strength, knowing you can again be the person you were before the accident.
Get Some Positive Closure
Although physical and emotional trauma can linger for a long time, you can gain some closure. While it can be tough to do, will you end up forgiving those responsible for your injuries?
Despite what they did to you, holding on to that for the rest of your life can be detrimental. Over time, you will likely find that forgiveness is the best form of therapy you can achieve.
That said never lose sight of making sure those responsible for your injuries do compensate you.
In holding those accountable for their negligence, you have a shot at regaining the life you once knew.