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How to Cope with Emotional Distress Following a Car Accident

Car accidents are often severe incidents that cause serious harm to those involved. Unfortunately, while the physical injuries of a car crash can be devastating, the emotional trauma of the experience can leave you with significant mental anguish that you may not be fully equipped to handle.

If you are experiencing severe emotional distress following a car accident, know that this is completely normal and you are not alone. Many others who have been in similar situations also experience extreme mental anguish after a traumatic car crash.

Read on to learn some tips on how you can learn to cope with the emotional distress you feel after a car accident.

Speak with an Attorney

While it may not be the first thought on your mind after getting hurt in a car crash, seeking the assistance of a skilled personal injury attorney can help give you the confidence you need to carry on with your life.

Instead of worrying about all the details of the crash yourself, you hand over the responsibility to your attorney, and they do all the heavy lifting for you.

Keep in mind that car accident personal injury attorneys work on a contingency fee basis, which means you pay nothing out of pocket at all. In fact, you only pay the attorney who helps you if they win your case.

If you receive compensation for your injuries, the attorney who provides you with representation will simply take a percentage of your funds, but you will still likely receive far more money than you would without an attorney’s help.

Keep a Journal

Maintaining a journal after your accident that details how you are feeling on a daily basis can help you process the experience and what you are feeling as a result.

If you think about it, emotions are simply energy in motion. When you feel strong emotions, it is typically because there is an energy inside of you that needs to be released.

Writing your feelings down can help you alleviate some of the pain you are feeling, which can, in turn, help you see things more clearly.

In addition to making you feel better, having this documentation can help you later on if you decide to pursue a claim for pain and suffering. You may be able to recover compensation for damages related to emotional anguish.

Speak with a Professional

It simply cannot be overstated just how beneficial psychological therapy is—particularly after enduring a significant or impactful trauma.

Speaking with a trained and licensed professional therapist or psychiatrist can help you overcome a lot of the trauma you have experienced due to the crash.

A professional can help provide you with the tools you need to help you move forward with your life and accept what has happened.

Learn Breathing Techniques

Learning various breathing techniques and using them in your daily life can help you overcome some of the trauma you deal with on a regular basis.

When you begin to feel stressed out or overwhelmed with your current circumstances, it is important to stop and take several deep breaths. It is best to sit still, close your eyes, and slow your breathing.

This will help regulate your nervous system so you can think clearly and make more competent decisions.

We’re Here for You

If you’ve sustained physical injuries in a crash and are dealing with emotional anguish as a result, you may be able to recover compensation for both your physical and psychological harm. Don’t hesitate to reach out to our skilled team right away to learn more about what we can do for you.

Call our firm today at (504) 470-3935 or fill out the online contact form to discuss the details of your case and learn how we can help.


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