Our Team at Iacobelli Law Firm, knows first hand the mental and emotional anguish unexpected accidents can have on you. Here are some tips to keep in mind while you recover.
Learn about Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
We commonly associate post-traumatic stress disorder with people who undergo extreme stress, such as soldiers who have been in combat situations. However, PTSD can affect anyone who lives through something very traumatic such as a car accident.
Not everyone who goes through something so stressful and traumatic will suffer from PTSD—and you may or may not experience these symptoms. Some of the most common indicators of PTSD include:
- Frequently reliving the trauma, such as frequent flashbacks or recurring nightmares.
- Avoiding anything associated with the accident, such as driving, or talking about the accident with others.
- Reduced emotional contact with others.
- Exaggerated reactions. This can include startling easily, feeling exceptionally irritable, or being unable to sleep.
Children can experience PTSD differently than adults. Their symptoms could include some of the following:
- Refusing or being unable to speak
- Becoming exceptionally clingy
- Bedwetting after being toilet trained
There are a variety of treatments available for PTSD. Your mental health professional can recommend cognitive behavioral therapy or psychotherapy to help you manage your symptoms, among other things and can also teach you pain management techniques that may help.
Learn How to Manage Anxiety
Whether or not you have PTSD, heightened anxiety after an accident is quite common. Recognize that anxiety is both normal and manageable. We recommend you try the following when you find yourself becoming anxious:
- Practice mindful breathing by taking slow, deep breaths.
- Focus on the world around you. Notice physical objects in the present moment instead of mentally reliving the accident.
- Learn and use muscle relaxation techniques.
Take Care of Yourself
You have just been through a very traumatic experience. It’s okay to give yourself time to cope. Be patient with yourself; as with physical injuries, emotional scars take some time to heal.
Suffering silently can only add to your mental anguish and distress. Talk to a trusted friend or family member about your experience and how you are coping. Just make sure someone is available to help you process your anxiety and emotions. It can also be helpful to find a therapist who can help you work through your issues. They are qualified to give you advice on managing your stress and coping with your trauma.
Similarly, you deserve to be compensated for all types of damages incurred. Talk to your personal injury lawyer about how the accident affected your mental health to make sure you receive the treatment you need and deserve.
If you have been seriously injured in an accident, Iacobelli Law Firm has extensive experience representing families who have been injured and we realize how difficult and life-changing it can be for you and your family. We are a dedicated Ontario Personal Injury Law Firm that provides compassionate and competent legal counsel for the injured and we offer a FREE Consultation so please feel free to call us at 1-866-234-6093. We are honored to serve our clients and our community.
Andrew Iacobelli is an experienced personal injury lawyer who established Iacobelli Law Firm with offices located in Ontario, Canada as well as offices in Florida, U.S.A. Andrew restricts his practice to the representation of personal injury victims in claims involving serious injuries and wrongful death.