Unexpected Consequences of Injury Accidents
There is no way to plan for an injury accident. They occur suddenly and can devastate the victim beyond physical injury. Although there is no way to prepare for a sudden injury accident, it is important to understand the aspects of your life that it can impact.
An accident that causes serious injury can become overwhelming as their lives turn upside down. A support system that includes loved ones, professionals such as medical workers, and an experienced personal injury lawyer can guide you through the processes of recovering and fighting for compensation, so you are not alone.
Read on as we discuss the unexpected effects of an injury accident and what support systems to use after an accident.
Lasting Physical Effects After a Car Accident
After an auto accident, you will need to address your physical injuries immediately. Seeking medical treatment early on can help you avoid complications and improve your prognosis. Depending on your injuries, they could have long-lasting effects no matter what treatment you receive.
- Compound fractures
- Head trauma
- Spinal cord injuries
- Neck injuries
- Disk damage/back injuries
The above injuries may require years of treatment and never give the patient relief from the pain.
Other injuries can restrict one’s ability to return to work or the ability to work without restrictions. This can result in taking lower-paying jobs, reduced hours, or the inability to work at all. The following impairments could occur from a serious auto accident injury
- Decreased cognitive capacity
- Lack of balance or coordination
- Paralysis below the point of a spinal injury
- Loss of limb
- Movement restrictions from soft tissue injuries
The above impairments can prevent you from returning to your job. You may have to work a lesser-paying position, work only part-time, or refrain from working. Aside from work, you may be unable to complete daily tasks such as household chores, cooking, and driving, so in-home care is needed. This is when an attorney can help to determine future care costs and include them with the claim amount.
An experienced attorney will know how to account for your future losses during the claim process accurately, so you are not left with substantial amounts of debt for future medical treatments.
Financial difficulties after an injury accident are one of the victims’ most severe setbacks. The medical bills after a serious accident will begin to pile up, adding a job loss or reduced income; the financial strain can be devastating. All these financial expenses can negatively toll your life, leading to psychological issues, depression, and anxiety.
Based on your insurance and the severity of your injuries, you will have extensive medical bills after the accident. This can cause financial distress at an already stressful time. Additionally, if the victim is severely injured, they may not be able to work, so the added medical bills and loss of income can make a difficult situation appear dire.
Insurance companies will use this situation to their benefit and attempt to give a low-ball settlement because they know that when individuals are financially stressed, they may accept it and not think about the long-term cost. The payout may seem like the only solution at that moment, but when future medical care is needed or you cannot go back to work, it will not cover all the costs incurred.
Rely on the advice of your attorney to ensure that you recoup the maximum payout.
The Emotional Impact of Injury Accidents
The physical injuries of an accident are the focus after a serious accident, and people often forget to address their emotional state. The emotional effects can be serious and long-lasting on the accident victim and their mental health. For example, it is common to develop post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) following a traumatic crash.
Some of the common emotional effects people experience following an injury accident include:
- Feelings of shame
- Irrational fears
- Sexual dysfunctions
- Anger management problems
- Sleep disturbances
Injuries that prevent accident victims from running with their kids, sexual intimacy with their partner, and other activities they enjoy can lead to loss of enjoyment or depression because of the restrictions from their injuries. It is important to seek emotional counseling when feeling depressed and not only focus on physical health. Instead, be honest with your car accident lawyer so they can accurately calculate all your damages for future pain and suffering.
If you or a loved one has been involved in a severe injury accident, you will need the support and guidance from professionals whose goals are a “whole person” approach. At Charles Boyk Law Offices, we approach our clients intending to make them whole again, emotionally, physically, and financially. Contact our lawyers for a free consultation of your case. We recognize that not only do our clients need compensation for their pain and suffering but a team that will be there to answer their questions.