Personal injury as a result of an auto accident, construction accident, medical malpractice, or some other incident can lead to physical pain, emotional distress, and anxiety. While seeking compensation for medical treatment is a normal part of a personal injury cases, you also have the right to seek compensation for depression and emotional distress.
Depression can sometimes be even more debilitating than the physical injury itself and prevent you from functioning at full capacity. Our personal injury lawyers at Chanfrau & Chanfrau, serving Port Orange, FL, are fully equipped to handle your personal injury and depression claim.
Common Signs of Depression after an Accident
One of the most common contributors to depression for an injury victim is fear. The cause of fear ranges for each victim, but may include fear of mobility, fear of never fully recovering, fear of lost wages, and fear of pain. No matter the cause of your fear and how minor the accident was, it can lead to feelings of depression.
However, clients with more traumatic injuries, such as brain injuries, paralysis, and spinal cord injuries tend to have a greater risk of developing depression. Whether the depression occurred as a result of the injury itself, chronic pain, the medications taken, or loss of mobility, it’s important to be aware of the signs so treatment can be administered immediately:
- Extreme fatigue
- Chronic anxiety
- Panic attacks
- Difficulty sleeping
- Feelings of continual sadness or hopelessness
- Lack of interest in people or enjoyable activities
- Trouble concentrating
- Lack of eating
- Suicidal thoughts
- Feelings of guilt or shame
How to Cope With Depression
In addition to meeting with one of our lawyers, we encourage you or your loved to follow the below steps to try and cope with depression.
- Exercise: If your injuries enable you to do so, try and begin exercising, even if it’s just walking around your house. This can release endorphins and help boost your mood.
- Speak to a Therapist: Finding a trained counselor or therapist you trust during a time of crisis can help you process all the emotions involved. The therapist will help walk you through the different stages of depression, as well as provide tips on how to deal with depression and anxiety.
- Communicate Your Feelings: Find a support group where you can communicate your fears, concerns, and feelings. It’s also important to keep lines of communication open with your loved ones so they can help recognize signs of depression and intervene if necessary.
- Lean on Loved Ones: Reach out to friends and loved ones so they can provide the support you need as you heal and recover.
- Begin a Normal Routine: As best you can, try and get back to normal as soon as possible.
If your depression is the result of an injury caused by someone else’s negligence, please contact Chanfrau & Chanfrau today so we can determine if financial compensation is available for you. We will work with medical professionals and look over your records in detail to make sure you get what you deserve. Doing so could help you obtain compensation for the long-term medical treatment necessary for treating your personal injury and depression, especially if the injury resulted in paralysis or catastrophic impairment. You can contact our office today online to schedule your consultation.