If you've suffered a personal injury due to the negligence of another, you may be feeling vulnerable and shaken up. Here are some tips for dealing with the stress of a personal injury so you can resume your regular life.
1. Try not to take it personally.
One of the worst feelings after a personal injury is believing that you were targeted or purposefully hurt. The fact is, whether or not there was a personal agenda happening with regard to your injury, it probably wasn't really about you. The malicious actions of another have to do with their own inner feelings. Not everyone is able to handle feelings of jealousy or anger in a manageable way. When those feelings get out of control, they may act out against those they imagine to be the cause.
You mustn't take this assault personally, however. Chances are, if you hadn't been there at the wrong time, it would have been someone else who was injured. When you can start realizing that it wasn't personal, you can begin to heal.
2. Try not to feel victimized.
Personal injury law often hinges on the defendant being the victim and the defendant being the perpetrator. But those are just words for your personal injury attorney to use in order to win your case. Don't think of yourself as a victim. When you do, you may begin to think you're not in control of your own life, when in fact you are. Victims are at the mercy of everyone else, and that's now a healthy way to think of yourself.
When your inner voice gets negative, replace the word "victim" with the word "survivor." You obviously survived the injury, so no one can argue against you being a survivor. Survivors are strong and capable. That's a better way to see yourself.
3. Join a group.
Getting a personal injury is a unique experience that others may have trouble relating to. Though your close friends and family may be eager to support you during this time, they may not be able to empathize with the complex emotions and feelings you may be having.
Seek out a group of others personal injury survivors. It may seem silly at first, but being able to openly talk about your experience and hear what others have gone through and survived may help you to feel better. At the very least, you'll see that you're not alone, and that others have trouble dealing with it as well.
You'll get through this difficult time. You may even come out on the other side of it stronger than you were before. For more information, contact a personal injury lawyer like Greg S. Memovich.Share