Over 250,000 patients die every year in the United States due to medical malpractice, while many are seriously injured, CNBC reports. Medical malpractice takes many forms, including misdiagnosis, surgical errors, medication errors, and anesthesia errors. Regardless of the nature of your personal injury, it’s important you commit to healing, not only physically, but also emotionally and financially.
Accept what happened
After you experience a traumatic injury, mental recovery is just as important as physical recovery. You have to work on reaching a certain level of acceptance in order to heal mentally and move forward with your life. As an automatic response to trauma, your brain will suppress painful memories to protect you from further emotional pain. However, you need to face and process these past events in order to find peace. Seeking help via therapy or a support group can help you understand and address your feelings in order to start moving forward with life.
Research shows that positive emotions play a vital role in helping people to cope after traumatic events. Be sure to make time for positive and enjoyable activities that uplift your mood. For example, regularly socialize with friends, have a date night with your partner, or schedule a video chat with family members. Also try peaceful and restorative activities like meditation, yoga, and breathing exercises, which can help ground and center you. There’s no need to completely avoid your negative emotions either; however, replacing unhappy memories with positive ones will empower you and aid your recovery.
Seek financial compensation
Not only is experiencing a traumatic injury physically and emotionally damaging, but it can also cause significant financial loss. You’ll need to pay for current (and potentially ongoing) medical expenses and treatment, despite losing your capacity to work and earn money. Seeking the help of a reputable and experienced medical malpractice attorney can help you legally win compensation for financial loss, including medical expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering. In turn, you can get your life back on track quicker, and will be better able to focus on your recovery without having to worry about money.
Experiencing a personal injury is undoubtedly a traumatic event in life. However, being mindful of your emotions and focusing on all aspects of your recovery will get your life back on track as soon as possible.