Thousands of people around the world are injured every day in car accidents. The injuries suffered can range from a few minor scrapes and bruises to far more serious injuries. It’s not just the body that gets injured either. Thousands of people suffer severe mental trauma following an accident. The recovery process can be very long, however, every situation is different. It is possible to help the recovery process along and here are some tips to help.
Get the Best Care
If you’ve been injured in a car accident, you’re going to need the best medical attention for your recovery. Things aren’t going to get better on their own, and you’re going to need medical care. Get yourself checked out as soon as possible after a car accident as ongoing medical treatment may be required.
Get Plenty of Rest
Rest plays an important role in the healing process, and you’re not going to help yourself if you push yourself too hard. For the first couple of days after the accident you can spend time in bed, but after that, it’s important you get yourself moving. The simple act of moving around plays a crucial part when you’re recovering from injuries or surgery.
Find a Respected Lawyer
Finding a reputable lawyer will mean you can concentrate on healing and recovering while they get on with making a claim for spinal injury, broken limbs and damage to your vehicle. The insurance company will be handling your claim, but a lawyer is be able to help you negotiate the process, help with communications and represent you throughout the proceedings.
When to Start Driving Again
For many people, getting back into a car for the first time can be very traumatic. The symptoms of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder can last much longer than any physical injuries. There are various coping strategies you can use, but you should take it slow. At least for a while, you should avoid circumstances that will trigger your emotions. Remember that your emotional wounds will heal in time, but you have to take things slowly.
Take it Slow and Steady
You can’t rush the recovery process and may be doing more harm than good if you try to do it. It’s vital that you take things slow and listen to people who are offering their advice. This might include your doctors, lawyers, and people who are close to you. Take each small step one at a time and you’ll make much better progress.
When to Seek Additional Help
If, after 3 months, your life has not returned to normal then you may be suffering from an anxiety disorder. It doesn’t happen to everyone, but if it happens to you it can be very worrying. You might be experiencing extreme anxiety and disturbing irrational thoughts and fears. Some people have flashbacks, dreams about the accident or feel like they’re in a daze. If you’re experiencing any of these feelings, you should talk to your doctor as soon as possible. You may be referred to a psychologist, social worker, counselor or psychiatrist for additional support.