When you’ve been injured in a car accident and you’ve sought medical treatment, then you probably found out about the short-term therapies to stabilize your health. But if your injuries were severe enough, then you may need weeks or even years of physical therapy. This can be a shock to many victims who are facing a long-term recovery period. If you have questions about your serious injury, then you’ll need to call a personal injury lawyer who will fight to get the compensation you deserve to cover your treatments and expenses as you heal.
The reason why people sustain long-term effects from serious personal injuries is because, unlike animals with hard external coverings, the human body is made up of many soft tissues that are held around bones. Because ligaments, muscles, organs, and other parts have been moved suddenly from where they’re supposed to be, patients can spend days, weeks, or even years dealing with inflammation problems, joint issues, and muscle weakness. Physical therapists spend years learning the physics of injuries and biomechanics in order to help people not only recover from their injuries but to understand how to maintain healthy mobility in your future.
Trauma to the head, brain, neck, back, or spine, from sprains to strains to fractures, can all lead to long-term physical consequences. More specifically:
- Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs)
- Temporary or permanent paralysis
- Loss of the use of a limb
If you have been injured in an accident then it is vital to be seen and treated by a licensed physician. You will want to share these medical records, as well as the prognosis from any specialists that you are treated by, with your attorney so they can give the judge a complete picture of your injuries.
But those are only the physical aspects of a personal injury claim. Everyone has feelings and rights. When a personal injury has limited you from being able to enjoy your life, further your education, continue to work and strive for goals that are meaningful to you, then you may feel emotional distress. If that’s the case then you may be entitled to damages.
Psychological effects that people commonly report are:
- Memory loss
- Sleep disturbances or sleep disorders
- Difficulty with concentration
- Difficulty remembering words, speaking, or comprehension
- Embarrassment or shame
- Mood swings
- Sudden outbursts
- Inappropriate or outrageous behavior
- Problems with judgment or decision-making
Marriages often suffer the most under the strain of the stress the injury has caused. Being a caregiver is a lot of work. Couples find that therapy with a trained counselor can help. You should speak to your attorney about visits to therapeutic services to help you recover from the accident. If you or a loved one has been in an accident and has crying spells, appetite loss, or just can’t seem to find the motivation to get to work on time, then you will want to seek treatment for that.
How A Personal Injury Attorney Helps
An attorney can help you claim damages for the emotional distress you’ve gone through. Family members, coworkers, friends, and others close to the victim can testify on their behalf that they have witnessed these changes in the plaintiff. Family members, coworkers, friends, and others close to the victim can testify on their behalf that they have witnessed these changes in the plaintiff.