How to Bounce Back after a Nasty Accident
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We’re all familiar with the saying “accidents will happen”, and most of us will, at one time or another, be involved in an accident of a certain degree of seriousness. Sometimes, you’ll walk away unscathed, looking back and toasting your luck while also judging the person, or people, that allowed it to happen.
Other times, you may be hurt badly enough that it negatively affects your well-being going forward. And while the obvious injuries will be physical, it has to be said that there are also mental impacts that you need to consider.
Sustaining injuries in an accident result in a wave of emotions. Initially, there is the fear of not knowing how seriously you may be affected. There is the embarrassment that arises, even if the injuries are not your fault at all, because you have been weakened in some way by the incident. And usually, there is no small amount of anger that the accident was possible in the first place. Bouncing back from the injury means all of these emotions will need to be dealt with. Below, we look at your route towards achieving that.
Acknowledge where the blame lies.
Physical recovery is important, and some people will advise you to focus on that before you start to consider laying blame. Regrettably, that’s not the best way to go. Simply put, if you’ve been injured in an accident, then discovering where fault lies is important. Not just for you, but for other people who may be injured in the same way.
If you’ve tripped on an unseen step, and the premises where the injury occurred did not do enough to indicate that the step was there, they may be liable. So consulting slip and fall accident lawyers may be essential, because not only will you have medical bills to pay, but you also won’t want the premises owners to be complacent about the same thing happening to someone else.
Acknowledge that you are just flesh and blood.
Many people who are laid low by injury feel embarrassed by the situation. You feel that it was stupid of you to fall, you wonder whether you could have prevented it becoming so serious, and you may even cringe at how it looked to other people. Believe it when we tell you that nobody will remember this for anywhere near as long as you will.
We’re all human, we all slip up from time to time, and you’ve suffered the injury not out of any incompetence or weakness, but because someone else didn’t see fit to make people aware of a hazard. Public and business spaces should be safe spaces, and it’s not on you to be on the lookout endlessly.
Acknowledge that recovery takes time.
If you have broken a bone, it will generally take a minimum of 4 weeks and potentially several months to recover from that. You can’t accelerate this, as the body needs to run through a process of laying down new tissue and bone. The more you push it, the greater the chance that the injury will be aggravated and become more complex. So give it time.
You may need to be laid up awhile, so think of shows, videos and podcasts that will keep you entertained, Eat wisely, so as to assist your body with the recovery, and aim to return good as new however long it takes, rather than just getting back in one form or another.
*This article is based on personal suggestions and/or experiences and is for informational purposes only. This should not be used as professional advice. Please consult a professional where applicable.