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Managing Loss of Routine following an Accident

4 January 2018

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We all know that the unexpected can happen, but we still don’t really plan for it or think about what the effects might be.

If you’re injured in an accident, the effects can have a big impact on your life in the short to medium term. Loss of routine is one of the biggest frustrations for the victims of accidents.

In this blog, we look at the negative effects that an enforced lay-up can have on you, your family and your day-to-day life. Plus, we look at some basic advice on how to best cope with the loss of routine following an accident.

The Loss of Routine

For the majority of people a full day stuck in the house doesn’t come naturally; in fact it can be incredibly frustrating, especially if your mobility is restricted. In order to cope with the loss of routine it is best to try to:

  • Catch up with friends and family – speaking with friends and family about the accident can act as a good form of support for when you are feeling down.
  • Get some exercise – if it’s physically possible it’s a good idea to try and do some form of exercise. Exercise releases endorphins, which are feel-good hormones that combat stress. It can also help to aid your recovery as you build up your strength. It is important to speak to your doctor to get their advice before engaging in any sort of physical activity following an accident.
  • Speak to an expert – After an accident it is common for victims to experience feelings of post-traumatic stress, which involves feelings of anxiousness, shock, sadness and helplessness. Physical symptoms can also include a pounding heartbeat, shaking, feeling faint or dizzy and feelings of nausea. It is advisable to speak to a counsellor if you are experiencing any of the above symptoms for a prolonged period of time.
  • Take time to relax – recovering from your accident should be your number one priority, taking time to relax will relieve stress and aid in your physical and mental recovery. Read a book, watch a movie, practice mindfulness or listen to music, anything that will help to take your mind off the pain that you’re in.

Use your time effectively

A lot of injuries won’t prevent you from being able to use your time effectively. Should you wish to make a personal injury claim for your injuries it is worth thinking about how you can use your time to assist in your claim:

  • Keep a written log/diary of how your injuries are affecting your life.
  • Note how much assistance you’re receiving from friends and relatives.
  • Keep a detailed record of the expenses you have incurred as a result of the accident.

The above can be used as supporting evidence to help calculate the value of your claim.

Don’t resign yourself to being non-productive, don’t feel as though your time is being wasted – be strong, be positive and be creative with your time.

If you have been involved in an accident in the last 3 years that wasn’t your fault, contact TRUE Solicitors LLP today to see if you are eligible to make a claim today.

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