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Coping with a serious injury away from home can be incredibly challenging, leaving you feeling alone and overwhelmed.

As a legal attorney, I have worked with many clients who have faced this difficult situation, and I want to share my expertise to help you through it.

In this article, I’ll provide practical advice on how to cope with a serious injury while away from home and find the support you need to recover.

Quick Summary

  • Seeking immediate medical attention is crucial when dealing with a serious injury away from home. It’s also essential to research local healthcare options and connect with friends and family for emotional support.
  • To support your recovery while away from home, establish routines, practice relaxation techniques, exercise regularly, seek professional care, and connect with supportive people.
  •  Keeping all relevant documents and records and taking your medical treatment can help build a strong legal case for recovery.

How To Cope With A Serious Injury Away From Home?

A person having a first-aid due to serious injury

To cope with a serious injury away from home, you must seek immediate medical attention, research local health care options, connect with friends and family for emotional support, hire a mediator to help with legal proceedings, keep track of all relevant documents and records, and practice self-care.

The following are some tips for how to cope with a serious injury due to a disaster or traumatic event away from home:

1. Seek Immediate Medical Attention

A medic team rescuing an injured womanIf you have suffered an injury, it is important to seek immediate medical attention. This means visiting the nearest emergency department or calling 911 if you cannot arrive in time. Follow up with a healthcare provider specializing in the type of injury you suffer.

Research healthcare options available near your location and ensure they offer the services you need for your injury.

Depending on how serious or complex your injury is, it may be necessary to consult specialists from different areas of medicine to help you relieve traumatic stress and assist you in your healing process. 

2. Assess The Damage

It is advisable to call the police and request a report, even if nobody appears injured. This report will provide an impartial evaluation of the incident and will be useful in insurance investigations.

To assist your lawyer with your case, please take clear pictures of the damage to the vehicles, the accident scene, and any other relevant details of the crash [1].

3. Call Your Insurance Company

An injured woman calling the insurance companyAfter dealing with emergencies, exchange insurance information with the other driver involved in the accident.

Carrying an insurance card in your wallet and your vehicle’s glove compartment is recommended so you’ll have it readily available when necessary.

To have the other person’s insurance information for future reference, take a picture of it. After that, you need to contact their insurance company and inform them that you had an accident with one of their policyholders.

Ensure you provide them with the policyholder’s name as it appears on their card. They may ask you about the details of the accident.

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4. Call A Personal Injury Attorney

You should contact a personal injury lawyer who practices law in the state of your accident to receive appropriate legal guidance and understanding of local laws.

To ensure your legal rights are protected, it is recommended that you contact a car accident lawyer as soon as possible. Each state has different time limits for filing a lawsuit, known as statutes of limitation, so it is crucial to act promptly [2].

“Emotional distress can happen before and after a disaster. Coping strategies include preparation, self-care, and identifying support systems.”
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)

Ways To Support Your Recovery While You’re Not at Home

An injured woman laying in a hospital bed

Experiencing a traumatic event can lead to prolonged and intense reactions, impacting your emotional health or causing post-traumatic stress disorder.

However, managing these reactions to traumatic stress by adopting healthy coping strategies and seeking proper care and support can help mitigate stressful feelings and symptoms.

Stressful situations can trigger a range of intense emotions.

Some common reactions to stress may include:

  • Feelings of disbelief, fear, shock, anger, sadness, worry, numbness, or frustration
  • Physical reactions like headaches, body pains, stomach problems, and skin rashes
  • Aggravation of mental health conditions

These symptoms can be managed by focusing on self-care and connecting with supportive people.

Below are some tips to help you cope:

  • Reach out for support: Spend time with family, friends, support groups, or a therapist who can provide emotional support and relieve stress.
  • Practice Relaxation: Techniques like deep breathing, yoga, meditation, mindfulness exercises, and progressive muscle relaxation.
  • Exercise Regularly: Regular physical exercise can help when you experience emotional distress
  • Seek Professional Care: Connect with a mental health provider specializing in psychological trauma recovery to address any underlying mental and emotional issues that may impact your overall mental health.
  • Establish Routines: Setting daily goals and habits can give structure and routine to your life. Put major life decisions on hold and focus on your self-care.

Certain injuries may result in long-term harm, leading to chronic pain that can worsen. However, working closely with your attorney and medical professionals can improve your chances of successful recovery.

To achieve this, consider the following:

  1. Keep all documents and records – Retain copies of medical records, work reports, and property damage information to help your lawyer build a strong case for recovery. 
  2. Take your medical treatment seriously – Failing to follow doctor’s orders can harm your physical recovery and reduce financial damages.

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FAQs

How Can You Deal With Serious Injuries?

You can deal with serious injuries by seeking medical attention immediately and following your doctor’s orders for physical and emotional injuries. Additionally, it’s important to consult with a legal professional to protect your rights. They can help you navigate the legal system, obtain compensation for your injuries, and get the support you need to recover.

How Do You Comfort Someone After An Injury?

You comfort someone after an injury by offering emotional support and comfort. Listen to them without judgment, validate their feelings, and show empathy. Offer practical assistance, such as helping with household chores or running errands. 

Need Help From A Personal Injury Attorney?

Coping with a serious injury or traumatic event can be a challenging and overwhelming experience. However, seeking professional help and support can make all the difference in your recovery.

At Schmidt & Clark, LLP we understand the difficulties of these situations. We are committed to helping our clients navigate the legal system, obtain compensation for their injuries, and get the support they need to heal.

Contact us today for a free case evaluation and to learn more about how we can assist you in your time of need.


References:

  1. https://www.insurance.ca.gov/01-consumers/105-type/95-guides/01-auto/hadaccident.cfm
  2. https://www.courts.ca.gov/9618.htm?rdeLocaleAttr=en

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