It’s a scary thought to consider, but being involved in an accident can cost you big time. It can cost you financially, emotionally, and even affect those around you. In fact, for some people being in an accident can utterly transform their life, and not for good either. However, this does not have to be the case, especially if you follow the advice provided below. Read on to find out what to do.

Physical health

Probably the biggest or most pressing concern for anyone that has been injured in an accident is their physical health. This can usually be split into two parts, the first being management of the pain of their current condition, while the second part is about seeking treatment to repair the damage that has been done.

Pain management is obviously an important part of taking care of your physical health if you have been involved in an accident, both from the time of the incident, as well as afterwards.

However, pain management choices should always be considered very carefully as many medications used for this purpose can do more harm than good in the long run. This is especially the case with drugs such as OxyContin, as this is known to be seriously addictive, even causing people to seek other forms of self-medication when they no longer qualify for a supply from their medical professional. Obviously, the last thing that you want to happen is that you develop an addiction problem due to any injuries sustained in an accident, as this is only going to add to your woes.

With this in mind, it is definitely worth considering other ways of dealing with the physical pain and discomfort such as TENS machines, exercise, and meditation. Something you need to make clear to your doctors and the medical staff treating you at the time of the incident.

The second aspect of physical health that most people that have involved in an accident are concerned with is the treatment they need to recover, or at least improve their situation. This could include anything from surgery to physical therapy and can often incur risk and additional discomfort on top of the injury they have already suffered.

However, it is vital that despite the hardships you do not avoid or ignore such treatment options. The reason being that they are necessary to see an improvement in your condition and provide the possibility of things returning to normal.

Mental health

While treating the physical side of an injury can be tough, it is also important to remember that there may be some mental anguish caused by being in an accident that also needs attention. This can be due to the traumatic nature of the incident itself, or the struggle and difficulties the victim has experienced as a result of the injury.

One strategy for coping with the negative emotional effects of being in injured is to seek out counseling or therapy. Something that can provide a safe space in which to process the event, as well as impart the coping skills necessary for the victims to get through their current difficulties and make progress both physically and in other areas of their life.

Unfortunately, with the high cost of the physical medical bills, mental health assistance is something that many people do not prioritize. This is an imbalance that can be righted by consulting one of the qualified and personal injury attorneys that specializes in this area. The reason being that they can bring a case against the person responsible for your injury, something that can lead you winning compensation that will enable to you to pay for both your physical and mental health medical bills.

Family relationships

Unfortunately, something else that many injury victims suffer from is a strain on their family relationships. This can be caused by a number of pressures including the suffering that the person is going through, which is apt to change their personality and outlook in life, at least in the short term. Additional strains can also be placed on the family unit where the injury victim is left unable to work. This can cause problems not only with meeting financial responsibilities, as well as a reduction in their standard of living but also due to the change in the established roles that this often necessitates within the family group.

Such unwanted change can easily cause difficulties in interpersonal relationships, adding to both the victims and their families troubles. Obviously, such a situation is a difficult one to deal with, and there is no fix-all answer. In fact, each different aspect will need to be addressed individually and will work differently in different family groups.

A good start, however, is to convene a family meeting and let everyone talk honestly about the issue that are bothering them, and whether some help from outside would be of use. Whether that be from members of the extended family, or even psychological profession and marriage counselors.

Community connections

Last of all, something that few people realize until they go through it is that being the victim of an injury can be incredibly isolating. In fact, the person that has been injured may find themselves off work for long periods of time, and unable to do there usual social activities such as play sports, or even attend things like restaurants and cinemas with friends.

This is something that can be incredibly difficult to handle at first and can definitely be a contributing factor in developing depression and anxiety after being injured.

Luckily, it doesn’t have to go that way as there are alternative that can keep you connected with the wider community. This may include attending a support group for people in a similar situation as yourself or even looking online for religious or other organizations that allow you to connect with people outside of your home on a daily basis. Something that can help you maintain your sense of independence and identity and help you, in time, make a full recovery and regain the life you thought your injury had taken away.

 

By Erica Buteau

Change Agent. Daydream Believer. Maker. Creative. Likes love, peace and Jeeping. Dislikes winter, paper cuts and war. She/Her/Hers.

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