Have you or someone you love recently been in an accident? Dealing with personal injuries resulting from a vehicle collision or other incident can be incredibly overwhelming, and facing the question of how long it may take to recover fully is rarely an enjoyable prospect for victims. At James H. Brown and Associates, we know first-hand how daunting the question of recovery can be without the right support.
If you’ve been involved in a personal injury-causing accident, below are a few ways you can help to boost recovery and make the road back to “normal” a little faster. Read on to learn more!
Did you know that the stress of a car accident can be considered as traumatic as undergoing major surgery? Even a minor fender bender can be an incredibly overwhelming circumstance, and one of the major mistakes people make after a collision is pushing themselves too hard to go back to their typical routine. The risk of shock is significant after an accident, and with adrenaline coursing through your body, there’s a high likelihood you’ll be less aware of the extent of your overall injuries until time has passed. For optimal recovery, not to mention safety, it’s always best to try and give yourself a chance to slow down, breathe, and rest as much as possible following an accident.
Your body is likely to be feeling rough after an accident, even if your overall injuries are relatively minor. As we mentioned above, many people involved in a collision experience shock, and the lasting effects of adrenaline on the body can be less than pleasant. Drink lots of fluids (ideally water) to keep hydrated and to give your body the extra help it needs to focus on rest and repair.
Consistent Medical Care
If you’ve read through our blogs in the past, you’ve likely noticed that the one common element that gets mentioned throughout all of our pieces is how important it is to seek medical care following an accident. There’s a good reason we shine such a bright light on getting medical help as soon as possible: seeing a doctor within the first 24-48 hrs of an accident can help spot major injuries that may have begun to manifest (more on that below), give you peace of mind, and help you get the documentation and support you need should you need to file a legal claim.
Recognize the Signs of a Major Injury
Even after you’ve gone home from the doctor, you’re still on the clock when it comes to watching out for your own health. The unfortunate reality of many major, and even minor injuries that come out of car accidents is that they can often take hours, days, or even weeks to appear. During the first few days after your accident, as well as you continue to recover, it’s essential to keep a close eye on any discomfort or developing symptoms you may have and continue to seek medical care accordingly. As a general rule of thumb, you’ll want to keep your doctor updated on your progress as much as needed, but should you develop any of the following, get medical help immediately:
- Nausea and/or vomiting
- Difficulty walking or balancing
- Loss of sensation
- Contorted back or neck
- Disrupted sleep
- Blurred vision
- Extreme fatigue
- Difficulty focusing, etc.
Seek Legal Help
The road to recovery is often long and, unfortunately, more complicated than Albertans deserve. At James H. Brown and Associates, we’re proud to partner with you to make sure you have the help you need when it matters most. Our team believes that, regardless of the cause of the accident or who is at fault, accident victims deserve to know their rights and options and that you have the legal support you can count on. Our trusted team of injury lawyers have over 250 years of combined experience and is always here to make sure you have peace of mind and support.
If you or someone you love has been involved in a motor vehicle collision, James H. Brown and Associates is here to help. Contact us today to speak to an injury lawyer and book a free, no-obligation consultation with our team of award-winning injury lawyers.