Self-Care During Your Injury Claim: Why it Matters

Mar 7, 2024

Injuries can impact your daily life in many unexpected ways. From all the paperwork to seemingly endless medical appointments and therapies, the road to recovery may feel stressful and challenging. It’s a lot. We get it. And while it may be tempting to start skipping an appointment here or there, following through with your recommended treatments is crucial. These therapies can help you heal faster, prevent further complications, and improve your quality of life. Plus, it can also have an impact on your claim (more on this later).

Here are some tips on ways to take care of yourself after an injury:

  • See a doctor. The first and most important step after an injury is to seek medical attention as soon as possible. Even if you think your injuries are minor or you don’t feel any pain, you should still get checked by a doctor. Some injuries may not show symptoms right away, but they can worsen over time or cause permanent damage. A doctor can diagnose your injuries, prescribe the appropriate treatment, and document your condition for your claim. Follow your doctor’s advice, and don’t skip any appointments.

Tip: Your doctors’ reports are an important piece of evidence for your personal injury claim. 

  • Go to therapy. Depending on the nature and severity of your injury, you may need physical therapy, occupational therapy, or other forms of rehabilitation. In some cases, these therapies can help you restore your function, mobility, strength, and independence. They could also prevent or reduce the risk of chronic pain, disability, or complications. In addition, you may benefit from psychological therapy or counseling to help you cope with the emotional and mental impact of your injury. A therapist can provide you with support, guidance, and strategies to deal with stress, anxiety, depression, anger, fear, or other negative emotions.

Tip: Your outcomes may impact the length of your injury claim, the settlement amount, and more. 

  • Focus on recovery. Your recovery should be a top priority after an injury. Talk to your doctor about any limitations and ongoing pain. Avoid any activities that could aggravate your injury or cause further harm. Follow your treatment plan and do the exercises or activities that your doctor or therapist recommends. If you need any assistive devices, such as crutches, braces, or wheelchairs, use them as instructed. Don’t hesitate to ask for help from your family, friends, or caregivers if you need it. As always, our team is here to help you in any way we can.

Tip: With Litco Law, you get an entire team dedicated to your case, so that you can focus on your recovery. You won’t need to stress about what’s happening with your case. We’ll handle the legal work and keep in regular contact with you.

  • Allow yourself to rest. Rest is essential for your healing and recovery. It can help your body repair itself, reduce inflammation, and fight infection. It can also help your mind relax and recharge. Make sure you get enough sleep every night and take naps during the day if you feel tired. Sleep is crucial for your recovery and promoting healing. Create a comfortable and soothing environment for your rest, such as a dark, quiet, and cool room. You can also try some relaxation techniques, such as deep breathing, meditation, or yoga, to calm your nerves and improve your sleep quality.

Tip: Rest IS productive. Matthew Walker’s book “Why We Sleep” is a fantastic read and an incredible resource on the topic of sleep. If you’d like to learn more, get yourself a copy or listen to the audiobook.

  • Do something you enjoy. Just because you are injured doesn’t mean you have to give up on hobbies, interests, or passions. Doing something you enjoy can help you cope with the boredom, frustration, or sadness that you may feel after an injury. It can also boost your mood, confidence, and self-esteem. Find something that makes you happy and that you can do safely and comfortably, such as reading, writing, painting, gardening, listening to music, watching a movie, or playing a game. You can also try something new or learn a new skill, such as knitting, cooking, or learning a language. Whatever you choose, make sure it’s fun and rewarding for you.

Tip: Finding things to enjoy during this time will help put your mind and body in a healthier state and help you heal. 

  • Stay connected. Isolation and loneliness can be harmful to your physical and mental health after an injury. Spending too much time alone can contribute to feelings of depression and hopelessness. That’s why it’s important to stay connected with your family, friends, or other people who care about you. They can offer you emotional support, help around the house, and much-needed social interaction. You can keep in touch with people by phone, text, email, social media, or meet up in person if you are able to. You are not alone in this journey, and you don’t have to go through it alone.

Tip: You can also join a support group, either online or offline, where you can share your experiences, feelings, or concerns with other people who are going through the same or similar situation.

In addition to the benefits to your health, attending your medical appointments and therapies is often important to your personal injury claim. Not only are your medical reports and treatment notes pieces of evidence in your claim, but they also help prove the extent of your injuries which can impact how much compensation you are entitled to. The amount of time it takes for you to recover is sometimes dependent upon your treatments and can also impact the duration of your injury claim. Attending your appointments is one of the most important ways to support your recovery and your ongoing claim. 

We hope these tips are helpful and encourage you to take care of yourself after an injury to improve your well-being. And we’re here to help you along the way. If you have been injured in an accident that was caused by someone else’s negligence, you may be entitled to compensation for your medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, and other damages. Have questions? Contact us to speak with our legal team today. Consultations are always free.


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