Suffering a serious injury is a life changing event. And thanks to the roads, medical treatment and even the workplace, it’s something many of us go through. But you’re not alone. Here we’re going to look at some of the resources open to you to help you recover from your ordeal.
Use Information Websites
One of the first places you should look if you’ve had an injury is for any nonprofits that specialise in dealing with it. For instance, brainline.org specialises in providing information on what to do if you’ve suffered a head injury. Here you’ll find all sorts of information on practically every related topic. Topics include concussion, coma, assistive tech and speech therapy. The site also has it’s own resource directory where you can find local injury associations near you.
There’s also a segment on the site that deals with personal injury stories. Here you can read about other people who have had similar experiences to you and how they have dealt with it. It’s a great reminder that having a serious injury doesn’t mean an end to your quality of life. Many people with life-changing injuries have gone on to achieve far more than before their injuries occurred.
Don’t forget, on sites like these there’s often opportunities to get in contact with experts on forums. Feel free to go ahead and ask any medical questions you might have.
Find Legal Advice
Sometimes serious injuries are genuine accidents. But a lot of the time, they’re the fault of somebody else. And this is where things can get a little tricky. After all, legal matters are often complex.
However, some legal companies, like ASB Aspire, are doing their bit to help. Companies like these provide free literature on how to approach a serious injury claim. And they sometimes provide guides on how to approach other, related matters. For instance, what should the will for the families of vulnerable people say? What exactly is a personal injury trust? And how should you deal with the court of protection? Many of these issues arise in personal injury cases, but it’s not always clear how to proceed.
Using Google and going on forums about injury can often make for depressing reading. It’s hardly the sort of material you want to be exposed to when you’re trying to recover. Positivity is an important part of the process.
That’s why Barbara Rothbaum at Emory University recommends positive thinking. In her book, Reclaiming Your Life From A Traumatic Experience, she outlines the steps to take. She notes that studies show that people who focus on happy memories from the past tend to avoid feeling despair. And she recommends that people do all they can do cultivate positivity in their environment. Her advice is to surround yourself with friends and family and always say yes to social events. Avoiding other people is a surefire way, she says, to sink even deeper into depression.
She also goes into detail about how you develop self-soothing techniques. Recovery involves mindfulness and being compassionate with yourself.