A serious car accident can be life-ending, even if no one dies. Trust me, I know… from PTSD to injuries, to the sledgehammer that the recovery process can be to your life, there are so many ways that the way you lived and interacted with the world in the past disappears.
A car accident can take so much from you, and taking what you lost back is going to be a journey, but with this guide, you’ll jumpstart your journey with the support and guidance that you need to make it happen.
If you were not responsible for the accident, then you deserve compensation. Compensation is, essentially, hiring a lawyer to get the money you need to cover a robust and rounded recovery. Don’t just accept the payout given. Hire a lawyer who specializes in such events and, most importantly, will take on your case on a no-win, no-fee basis. This way, they get paid out of your payout and can help you get more out of the other driver’s insurance (or your own).
Work with a Physical Therapist
A specialist physical therapist is a must when it comes to guiding your recovery. They work with you to help build up your strength and flexibility, which can become severely limited after severe lacerations, bone breaks, or even more serious injuries, like burns or amputations. You can do a lot with a physical therapist but do keep in mind most of the work will come from the homework they give you. Do this homework and commit to it so that you can regain as much mobility as you can. You’ll thank yourself later.
Get Chiropractic Care
Another excellent car accident doctor to start treatments with is a chiropractor. Chiropractors and massage therapists can both work to help realign the spine and relieve pressure along your joints and nerves. This, in turn, can help erase issues like whiplash and other chronic back pain. At a minimum, however, it can give you much-needed relief. Massages and chiropractic care can also increase circulation around your spine, which in turn can activate your body’s healing factor.
Find a Therapist
Not everyone who has been in a serious accident will deal with PTSD as part of the aftermath but do keep in mind you are more susceptible in the future. Someone who is “fine” after a serious car accident can be triggered if they end up in another one, even if that one is incredibly minor. Working out how you feel and properly processing how you feel, as well as what happened to you can help protect you well into the future.
Getting Back in the Car
It will be a while before you can drive, which can be detrimental to your future. Work with friends and family, or with your therapist to help you build back confidence as a driver. This is particularly important if you were the one driving the last time you were in an accident.