Long after the court has adjourned and you have received your compensation award, you may be left with the lingering effects of your injury. A serious neck, spine, or head injury may mean you are now limited in your physical abilities, or a disfiguring injury or scars may be keeping you from enjoying the social activities you once enjoyed. These are the types of injuries that do not go away or heal with time and that can negatively impact your quality of life for years to come.
How to Live Well With a Long-Term Injury
Your long-term injury does not necessarily mean that your life is over or that you cannot learn to enjoy certain activities once again. By taking these following measures and availing yourself of available resources, it is possible to find fulfillment and satisfaction in life in spite of your injury or condition:
Make sure you continue medical treatment. While your condition may be such that medical treatment will not improve your condition, medical treatment and continuing therapy may prevent your condition from worsening. Therefore, be sure to keep all medical appointments as scheduled, follow the advice of your doctor, take all prescribed medications, and inform your doctor of new or worsening symptoms.
Keep connected with your support group.Find and stay in contact with positive people like family and close friends. It is easy to become isolated and depressed, especially if your condition affects your mobility. Let these individuals encourage you and uplift you, and find ways to do the same for them.
Investigate financial assistance if needed.Your life-long injury likely comes with certain increased costs such as medications, supplies, and home health care (for example). If your personal injury award was not sufficient to cover these expenses, look into alternative means of meeting these expenses as opposed to foregoing them. Are you entitled to disability benefits? Have you asked of local civic groups or religious organizations for assistance?
Seek out others who are similarly situated as you.The Internet is a fantastic invention in that it can connect people who are thousands of miles away. There are various online communities where individuals with a variety of life-long conditions can meet to share stories and experiences and encourage one another. Don’t have access to the Internet? Check with your doctor, local hospital, or even a church or other religious institution and ask about support groups in your area.
Find an activity you can do.Depression can easily set in when you are not able to work at your job or participate in activities you once enjoyed. But that does not mean that there is nothing for you to do. Find an activity that you are able to do even with your limitations. It may be a community service project, or perhaps it can be a sport with individuals afflicted with a similar condition. Whatever it is, being able to do something and impact the life of another can go a long way toward staving off feelings of depression or isolation.
Ask for professional help if needed.Do not be afraid to ask for professional therapy or counseling if you are having trouble adapting to life after a life-long injury. It is a difficult transition for anyone to undergo; sometimes the perspective and insight of a professional who has helped others through similar transitions and situations can be of service to you. Look for a counselor who specializes in helping those with life-long ailments or conditions as they not only are likely to have the expertise to help you but may be able to adjust their fees to correspond with your income.
The Importance of a Personal Injury Lawyer
One of the first decisions you will make after suffering a personal injury is what attorney you want representing you. We at Ladah Law Firm understand the significance of this choice: by putting your case in the hands of our experienced personal injury attorneys, we are able to fight vigorously to help secure you the most compensation possible for your injury. While money may not be able to reverse or cure a life-long illness or injury, it can help with your medical and financial concerns so you can focus on living well. Learn how we can help you by calling (702) 252-0055 and scheduling your free initial consultation today to talk about your accident case in Las Vegas.