After the car wreck that left you with a spinal cord injury, you may first have been thankful just to have survived the collision. But soon, as the reality of your situation settles in, you will likely face a jumble of emotions as you realize just how significantly your life has changed.
Among all the appointments for physical and occupational therapies (PT and OT), you may need to schedule a few with a mental health counselor who can help you get a bead on the psychological and emotional losses you suffered and help you cope with an uncertain future.
Learning to accept your situation is a goal worth pursuing
While you certainly have the right to mourn the life you lost and the future that will certainly be far different from the one you anticipated, that alone will not move you any closer to becoming as independent as possible, given your spinal cord injuries.
Counselors’ reports can be included with your claim for damages
When someone else’s negligence caused or contributed to the accident that injured you, you have the right to hold them liable for those losses, injuries and damages. The psychological component of your claim is very important when determining the actual value of your personal injury case.
This is why it is so vital to open up to your counselor and share your feelings of anger, depression and hopelessness. Not only can they help you channel these negative emotions into more positive venues for change and acceptance, including these reports could greatly enhance the amount of your eventual settlement or judgment.
An aggressive personal injury attorney will fight hard for you
When it comes to the attorney you retain for your spinal injury case, you want someone who is adept at negotiations and a pit bull in the courtroom so that you receive full compensation for your suffering and losses.