If you have ever been through a personal injury, you know the unique difficulties, stressors and traumas that face personal injury survivors.
Personal injuries are often quite severe, and frequently require long, extensive, physically grueling treatments and recovery processes. A personal injury can cause disruptive chronic pain and mobility issues, often transforming a person’s experience of the world and of their bodies, and seriously limiting their capacities in their everyday life.
Then there is the financial element of personal injury trauma. To begin with, the extensive medical care and treatment regimen usually required to rehabilitate personal injury survivors is almost always prohibitively expensive. While some survivors may have some of their costs covered by insurance, there is very often a significant financial burden incurred by the medical costs of a personal injury.
In addition, personal injuries often render people unable to work, at least in the immediate aftermath of their injury. In some cases, this can result in the injury survivor losing their job, and in other cases—when injuries are more severe—it can result in permanent disability, and either diminished capacity or complete inability to work for the foreseeable future.
The combination of mounting medical costs and a sudden loss of income can be absolutely devastating to personal injury survivors. Most American families are only a few paychecks away from a severe financial crisis, which is often the situation that personal injury survivors and their families find themselves facing.
The combination of the physical and emotional trauma of personal injury (both in the immediate and during the recovery process) as well as the financial stress that these injuries often represent can cause personal injury survivors to become incredibly depressed, anxious, and even hopeless about their prospects moving forward. It can be difficult for them to see a path through to the other side, or to know what steps to take next.
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