Your Physical and Mental Health Matter: 3 Ways to Keep Down Your Stress When Dealing with Personal Injuries
A sudden car crash, accidental fall, or other personal injury is very disruptive, to say the least. In addition to the injury itself, there are all the other worries that come with a serious injury. For example, most victims are unable to work as they recover, so unpaid bills start piling up.
If these stresses seem overwhelming, you are certainly not alone. Most people in your situation have the same experiences. So, we compiled a quick list of some ways to handle injury-related stress.
In addition to a very good physical exercise, yoga is an excellent way to relieve stress. In fact, almost 90 percent of yoga participants said that the sessions made a noticeable difference in their stress levels. Yoga is the quintessential integrative health approach, which is one of the most recent buzzwords in the medical community.
All yoga poses involve deep breathing. In fact, the first pose that most people learn is simply standing still and breathing deeply. The action, or rather the lack of action, helps quiet the mind and calm the spirit. Deep breathing also cleanses carbon dioxide from the body, which is one of the most common, and most potent, environmental toxins.
Many yoga poses can be adapted for people with serious injuries, which is why it’s such a good idea for victims.
Know What to Expect
The unknown is almost always very stressful. Making matters worse, almost nothing happens in most personal injury cases for weeks or even months, and this inactivity is punctuated by sudden flurries of intense activity. Every case is different, but most follow this outline:
- Initial Consultation: The first time you meet with your lawyer, the two of you will probably go over almost every aspect of the accident. This meeting is important because it forms the factual and legal basis for your claim and also makes your lawyer aware of possible defenses.
- Demand Letter: Once medical treatment has begun in earnest and the doctors can estimate the amount of needed care, most attorneys send demand letters to the tortfeasor’s (negligent actor’s) insurance company. Some cases settle at this point, but many more proceed to the next phase.
- Pleadings: Your attorney probably already has the necessary information to file a legal claim, but some additional clarification may be necessary.
- Discovery: The defendant, which is normally an insurance company, may require you to do things like answer written questions, give an oral deposition, and submit to medical examinations.
- Mediation: Once discovery is mostly or entirely complete, many judges order damage claims to mediation. A neutral third party facilitates and supervises negotiation between the two sides in an attempt to hammer out a settlement. Many parties resolve most or all of the issues in a case during mediation.
- Trial: The final trial may be before a judge or a jury. Your lawyer will know which method is best for your particular circumstances.
Over 80 percent of civil cases settle before trial.
Get a Good Lawyer
The best way to gain peace of mind in these situations is to partner with an experienced personal injury attorney for auto accidents. A good attorney arranges for medical care at no cost, keeps you in the loop during the entire process, and zealously advocates for your interests at pretrial hearings, during mediation, and at trial.
It’s very important to start working with an attorney as soon as possible after the accident, so reach out to one today.