Coping with the Physical Changes After an Accident

An accident, whether vehicle or personal injury, can cause physical changes in a matter of seconds.

While some individuals walk away from an accident with nary a scratch, others face mental and physical trauma associated with their injuries.

When someone has suffered a severe injury, especially one that results in physical changes or disfigurements, he or she may want to consider filing a claim to receive compensation for damages.

Recovery, adjustment, and healing may be a painful journey, often leading to emotional distress.

Tips for overcoming and coping with any physical changes after an accident

This difficult transition should also be considered when determining the “worth” of the accident claim.

While the road to recovery after an accident may be long and arduous, many individuals successfully overcome a dramatic change.

Get to Know Your Injury

Whether you’ve received a severe injury to the face that left permanent disfiguration or a spinal injury that left you paralyzed, it can be difficult to accept immediately (don’t worry, this is a natural response).

While acceptance is important to your physical and emotional recovery, you should gather all the information you can about your injury first.

For instance, if your injury is severe, it is most likely limiting, particularly right after the accident and while you are in the early days of recovery and healing.

If you are facing any type of paralysis, it’s important to ask if there’s any chance of regaining movement in the future.

It’s also important to know how your paralysis will affect the rest of your body.

Gaining as much knowledge as possible may not help you feel any better immediately, but it will help you prepare for your future and force you to be patient with yourself.

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Self-Care & Asking for Help

Depending on the severity of your injury, your independence may be put on hold.

If you’re used to being independent, it may be difficult to ask for help, but your health and recovery should be your number one priority, and help may be the best way to achieve the goal.

Take pride in your independence and take care of yourself, whether that means taking short walks, eating healthy, participating in your favorite hobby, or getting proper sleep.

Seek Support

If you find that you’re having a difficult time adjusting and coping with life after your accident, seek support.

Whether you talk to friends or loved ones about the accident, talk with a professional, or join a support group for accident survivors, it’s important to talk with others.

A support group may be the perfect setting to get advice from others who are struggling like you.

You may learn how to cope with the feelings of isolation or social stigmas related to your physical injuries.

You may also learn how to accept what happened to you, move on, and make the most out of life.

Many people, who haven’t gone through the same experience as you, may say, “You should just be happy to be alive,” their words may have less meaning than hearing the same thing from someone who has experienced the pain and trauma of an accident firsthand.

It is challenging to live with physical changes

Nothing about coping with the physical changes caused by an accident is easy.

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However, just because something is challenging and your life has changed doesn’t mean you should give up.

You might not be exactly the same, but you are still you at your core.

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