Not every personal injury is purely physical. In many cases, the damage caused by a car accident, medical malpractice, or other grievances can be through loss of sleep, anxiety, grief, stress, or possibly even more severe psychological stressors the victim may experience. These injuries can be just as debilitating as anything physical, and deserve to be taken just as seriously.
If you or a loved one have been involved in the process of filing a personal injury case, it may feel impossible to stop the stress or grief from overflowing. Here are some ways to handle the emotional aftermath of a personal injury case, as well as how you may qualify for emotional damages compensation.
Please note this article is only meant as a helpful resource, not as professional mental health or medical advice.
Your First Steps
After consulting with an attorney and getting the legal process started, it’s not uncommon for some clients to feel a rush of emotion regarding the incident. Personal injury cases can take time to process, and that time may leave a lot of room to ruminate on the situation to an upsetting degree.
Don’t do it alone.
The first helpful method for handling emotional distress is to reach out to a support system — whether by talking with loved ones, speaking to a counselor or therapist, or even finding a support group online or in the area. Simply expressing your emotions or the incident to a sympathetic ear can help you process it in a way that feels much more manageable.
Accept your feelings.
Don’t try to stifle any feelings you may have. Personal injury cases can be a stressful time for anyone, and it’s understandable to feel the strain. Recognizing your feelings will allow you to separate them into what you can accept and move on from, and what you need to address as unhealthy or needlessly damaging.
Know what you can and can’t change.
A feeling of powerlessness over the proceedings in a personal injury case can be overwhelming, and it may feel more productive to think over the case at all hours, search for similar cases and their outcomes online, or wait for updates on the case with bated breath. Ruminating on the case more than is necessary may not be as helpful as you think, however.
In some instances, attempting to gain control over the situation can be more damaging than if you accept the reality of what you can affect and what cannot be changed. Just like how a broken leg won’t heal faster the more you try to walk on it, some things just need time to heal.
Seek professional help.
It’s important to know when it’s time to reach out for the help of professionals. There is no shame in speaking with a counselor or therapist to work through your experience, and in fact, an evaluation from a mental health professional can be of great benefit to proving mental distress or suffering in a personal injury case.
When Emotional Distress Becomes Mental Anguish
At what point does the psychological stress of the personal injury incident become too much for you to function in your daily life? That may be difficult to determine, but establishing what areas of your life your symptoms may be affecting can be a sign of something more severe. These areas may include hindering your function in work/education, your personal relationships, your home life, or your usual pastimes.
Some personal injury cases may include mental anguish as a component of non-economic damages. As opposed to straightforward expenses such as medical bills or car repairs, non-economic damages can be difficult to calculate, such as disfigurement, mental anguish, pain and suffering, disability, mental distress, or others.
If you believe you’re suffering mental anguish as a result of a personal injury or malpractice, know your pain is genuine, and that you deserve peace, dignity, and help in managing that burden.
Female Personal Injury Lawyers in Tampa, Florida | Franco Law Group
If you are seeking a personal injury or wrongful death claim, Franco Law Group is here to help you through the process. As an all-female firm, we not only have an advantage in the courtroom, but also a unique level of empathy and sensitivity toward our clients that help them go through the process more easily. It’s been proven that female attorneys are more often seen as trustworthy and notable, both to clients and jurors, giving you the best possible chance of seeing justice done for you and your family.
We have years of experience in personal injury claims and the empathy and understanding to get you the justice you and your family deserves. If you have any questions or would like to talk more, feel free to contact Franco Law Group at (813) 873-0180.
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– Frank M.