How Do I Cope After a Catastrophic Injury?
There is no simple way to cope with a catastrophic injury and the tremendous life changes it brings. Eventually, you will experience a new normal, but the old “normal” is gone.
Catastrophic injuries may confine individuals to a wheelchair for the rest of their lives, or otherwise severely limit mobility. The person may no longer work or participate in normal activities.
A Pittsburgh personal injury attorney from our firm can hold those responsible accountable for your injuries and help you receive the maximum compensation you deserve. Coping with a catastrophic injury is difficult but receiving damages to pay for these needs can make it easier to rebuild your life.
Many people suffer from severe injuries caused by another party, but a catastrophic injury is different. A person with a severe injury may recover to some degree, physically and mentally, to how they were before the accident.
That is not the case with a catastrophic injury. The person will never fully recover and will remain permanently disabled.
Common injuries considered catastrophic include:
- Loss of limbs
- Loss of vision
- Severe burns
- Spinal cord injuries
- Traumatic brain injury
Typical reactions to such a personal trauma include fear, anger, denial, and finally, acceptance. Patients may find their emotions changing hour to hour.
Each person copes in their own way, and there is no right or wrong method. At some point, and it may take considerable time, the individual will come to terms with the new normal and make the best of the situation.
The challenges are significant, but it is possible to live a rewarding life after a catastrophic injury. Try to develop a sense of purpose– doing what you can within your physical or mental limitations.
Mental health issues
The catastrophic injury, although physical, brings tremendous lifestyle changes. Individuals may develop mental health issues, such as depression, anxiety, and PTSD.
Mental health treatment is often necessary. A therapist is trained to assist patients in coping with trauma and can help you deal with the aftermath.
Learning to cope
Once the initial shock of your condition has worn off, think of proactive, practical ways of coping. If you can no longer walk due to a spinal cord injury, for example, that does mean you can never go to a social function again or attend events.
It is just that such outings are going to require a lot more planning. You must ensure the facility is handicapped accessible, and you may need to depend on a friend, relative, or another caregiver to help you during this time.
There are certain things you cannot do anymore. Establish new routines and develop new interests that take your mind off your loss. There is a lot of trial and error involved in your new life, and you must give yourself time to adjust.
Consider joining a support group. These are your peers now, and you can learn a lot from each other because these are individuals who genuinely understand what you are going through.
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If you suffer a catastrophic injury, life as you know, it will never be the same. If the injury occurred because of the negligence of another person, a compassionate Pittsburgh personal injury attorney from our firm could help you receive the compensation necessary for you to rebuild your life.
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