What to Do After a Car Accident

After a car accident involving serious injury, some victims may experience a host of issues such as:

  • post-traumatic stress disorder;
  • anxiety (including travel anxiety); and
  • depression.

 

But in addition to the physical and emotional pains, mounting medical bills, lost wages, and a complex litigation process can just add to the frustrations. Bucks County personal injury lawyers can help those injured in a car accident handle legal aspects of the claims process to recover compensation for damages, which may help relieve some of the stress.

Physical and Emotional Pain and Suffering

After a car accident, not only are many victims left to deal with the physical pain of their injuries, but also the emotional suffering that accompanies a traumatic event. While some victims who are injured in a car accident show improvement within a year after a serious collision, others have late onset and long-lasting mental and emotional repercussions, a 2001 study in The American Journal of Psychiatry reports.

There are several things The American Psychological Association recommends for victims and their family members when dealing with the emotional impact of an accident:

  • Don’t rush healing. Allow time to adjust, mourn, and heal.
  • Don’t go it alone. Talk about what you’re going through with family, friends, a support group, or a professional counselor.
  • Focus on taking care of yourself, both emotionally and physically. Eating well, exercising, and getting plenty of rest will facilitate healing.
  • Try to establish regular routines and pursue hobbies to stay focused on things that you enjoy.

 

Mounting Financial Concerns after a Car Accident

Other common frustrations people face after a serious accident are financial in nature.

Victims and their families find themselves steeped in financial problems because of:

  • hospital bills;
  • medications;
  • emergency care expenses;
  • follow-up doctor’s visits;
  • medical aides and devices;
  • rehabilitation; and
  • counseling and therapy.

 

Monetary woes are further compounded when the accident victim was a primary wage earner and is unable to return to work. No income combined with huge stacks of bills is a recipe for immense stress and depression.

Fortunately, Pennsylvania law has a form of legal recourse accident victims and/or their families can take in order to obtain compensation for losses resulting from the accident. If the other party was responsible (or even partly responsible) for the accident, compensation may be available for all the above expenses, as well as for pain and suffering by filing a personal injury claim or lawsuit.

The Frustrating Litigation Process

After a car accident, the claims process can become complicated. Insurance companies may not want to pay a fair settlement, it may be difficult to demonstrate damages, and proving who was responsible for the accident can be a tough process.

Plus, if the case has to go to the court system, the litigation process can seem to drag on and on, leaving many victims who are injured in a car accident feeling overwhelmed and exasperated. One of the best things victims can do to alleviate frustrations is to ensure they have legal counsel from Bucks County personal injury lawyers to help guide them through the process.

Consultation with Bucks County Personal Injury Lawyers

For help coping with the legal side of a serious car accident, consider contacting Cordisco & Saile LLC to speak with an attorney who will be able to assess your case and answer any legal questions and concerns you may have after a car accident.