Impact of Car Accidents Can Be Long-Lasting
Motor vehicle accidents plague our highways. Approximately every 10 seconds a driver U.S. is injured in a car crash (according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration).
The majority of auto accidents are not fatal. However, even minor accidents in Bucks County can lead to long-lasting mental health issues. At least one-third of all people involved in nonfatal accidents have:
- posttraumatic stress disorder,
- persistent anxiety,
- depression, and
- phobias one year after the incident.
“Rather large psychological complications even when the motor vehicle accidents have medically not been in the least bit serious.” ~ Richard Mayou, FRCPsych, Oxford University
Some doctors view pain as the trigger that causes mental issues to either worsen or begin. Because of this they suggest treating the emotional and mental problems, thereby treating the pain. In many cases, coping techniques can be an effective way to lessen the burden that chronic pain has placed on the sufferer. Psychologists suggest that those who suffer from chronic pain:
- Participate in cognitive behavioral therapy
- Eat a healthy diet
- Exercise regularly
- Learn to meditate
- Focus on the positive (e.g. “Today, my right knee has no pain!” Instead of “My left knee is killing me.”)
While you can work on many of these suggestions on your own, there may come a point when you need help from a mental health professional and a physician. Many who suffer from chronic pain don’t get the help they need. This can cause a downward spiral of pain, mental anguish and depression.
We urge you—if you feel that your pain, your sadness, is overwhelming—to seek help now. You do not have to fight this battle alone.
Cordisco & Saile: Car Accident Lawyers of Bucks County, PA
If your pain was caused by an auto accident, there is a very real chance that you can get the compensation you need to pay for therapies—both mental and physical, Cordisco & Saile LLC can help. Contact our car accident lawyers in Bucks County, PA to set up a consultation to review case details and options you have for recovering compensation.