If you’ve recently suffered a personal injury, you already know how destabilizing it can be. Suddenly, every aspect of your life is up in the air. Your physical well-being is in question, your finances are taking a major hit either from medical bills, missed time at work or both, and you aren’t able to do the same things you were prior to your injury. The following will draw your attention to a few things you might want to take care of if you’ve just suffered a personal injury.
Your Mental Health
While it might seem strange to focus on the mind before the body, when it comes to personal injuries, this is vital. Most accidents are surprises, and this means that your mind is probably scrambling to make sense of the situation, reviewing the footage of the incident again and again, to look for hints that something was awry as it’s trying to prevent the same thing from happening again in the future. It’s not uncommon to experience PTSD after an accident. Sometimes people feel problematically ecstatic, happy to spend all their money and make risky decisions out of sheer exuberance for being alive. Anxiety is also a common effect of an injury, particularly if you were hurt doing something that you still need to do every day, like getting in a car. Further, your sense of self—who you are and what you identify with—might be called into question if you’re someone who identifies with a job you haven’t been able to return to or obligations to loved ones or organizations you’re not able to meet.
Take the time to acknowledge feelings that arise in you. Journal them out, pray or speak to someone you trust. You can also reach out to a professional if you feel like you need extra guidance in this area. It’s important not to use healthy actions like meditating as a means of evading your emotions; they’re still going to be there when you’re done meditating. They won’t go away until their acknowledged.
Your Legal Standing
Accidents are part of life. That doesn’t mean you shouldn’t take every step possible to ensure that you’re being advocated for throughout the post-accident process. Insurance companies and businesses want to avoid paying more money than they have to, and this often means they have a team of highly-trained professionals examining cases devoted to proving that the smallest sum possible is the correct compensation. Beyond this, in many cases, choosing one path of compensation (signing form A) legally prevents you from pursuing another course of action should you later realize you need to (signing form B). For this reason, it’s always best to speak to a legal professional regarding your options before you interact with the other parties involved or an insurance company. The expenses resulting from a personal injury can be hefty; there might be a lot of costs in your future that you haven’t even thought about. A legal professional who has worked with personal injuries can help you understand how much your situation is really costing you.
Your Financial Wellbeing
Given the cost of healthcare and the difficulty of missing work when you were expecting a certain amount of income, your finances are vitally important to manage right now. Depending on your injury, you might also be looking at long-term losses if you’re not going to be able to return to work for a while or if you’re permanently unable to do certain jobs. Speak to a financial advisor and take little steps towards financial freedom starting now. Your freedom and mental state are on the line when your finances are rough. It’s also possible that an injury experienced in youth will turn into serious pain later in life; you may want to retire early.
Healing takes an intense amount of bodily energy. When you rest properly, you’re giving your body what it needs to recover. Focus on a consistent sleep schedule that has you sleeping between the hours of 10 pm and 4 am. Remove all artificial light from the bedroom, and if you find your sinuses act up when you’re trying to sleep or you’re congested, get a good quality air filter. Use deep breathing techniques to help you fall asleep if you need help in that category, and avoid stimulants before bed.
The above information should kickstart your recovery after a serious injury. It’s important to be patient with your body and let it heal at its own pace. Don’t push yourself to do things that your body isn’t able to handle yet. This can sometimes do harm.