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How to Recover After a Car Accident in Florida

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To recover after being injured in a serious car accident, physical healing and emotional healing are equally important. Taking positive, constructive action by conferring with a Florida car accident attorney to pursue your insurance and legal claims can give you peace of mind and enable you to focus on your recovery.

Physical Recovery From a Car Accident

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A car accident wreaks havoc on the human body. Our flesh and bones were never meant to absorb the violent impact that a multi-ton, engine-powered vehicle causes in an accident.

Some injuries, such as concussions and internal injuries, take time to fully manifest. Whether your injuries are immediately apparent, such as broken bones, or less obvious, such as a traumatic brain injury, it’s vitally important to follow through on all medical appointments and therapies.

Keeping up with appointments is essential, making you less isolated and more likely to follow through on diagnostic tests and further therapies. Healthcare professionals will be better able to monitor your progress. Any new symptoms or pathologies that arise will be more quickly diagnosed and treated.

Healing Emotionally After a Car Accident

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It’s not unusual after an accident to have psychological trauma that can last days, weeks, or longer. You may find yourself experiencing anxiety, depression, mood swings, or agitation. These may be signs of post-traumatic stress disorder, or PTSD.

Additional possible signs of PTSD include:

  • Confusion
  • Nightmares
  • Panic attacks
  • Unexplained fatigue
  • Loss of appetite

PTSD is a serious mental health condition. It can cause terrible suffering and hamper your recovery after a car accident. Allowing PTSD to go untreated can negatively impact your relationships and physical health. It may even lead to substance abuse.

It’s essential to seek medical attention and therapy if you have symptoms that you believe may be PTSD. Resist the urge to self-diagnosis or treat PTSD on your own when you have such symptoms.

Many symptoms common to PTSD also can apply to other conditions, such as concussion or traumatic brain injury. When you are experiencing symptoms after an accident, seek out professional medical care.

Take Legal Action

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An accident is an extremely unsettling experience. Another driver has put your life in danger and you are fortunate to be alive. It’s natural to be upset, or even angry.

Many accidents today are caused because a driver was distracted or driving while impaired. You may justifiably feel infuriated when you consider that your life, or that of your loved ones, has been turned upside down because of someone else’s reckless, selfish behavior.

However, there are steps you can take to begin regaining control over your physical and mental health and move forward in your life. An important aspect of this effort is talking to a lawyer about your accident. Together, you can explore how to obtain the maximum amount of compensation you are entitled to from insurance and review a possible legal claim for negligence.

No one can undo what happened on the road. Yet, together with a car accident lawyer, you can take active steps to move forward and know that you are doing everything legally possible for the benefit of yourself and your loved ones. This is best done early, as your time to sue is generally two years from the time of the accident.

Learn How Kogan & DiSalvo Can Help

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A car accident can be a traumatic experience, and recovery is often a long process. The Florida car accident attorneys at Kogan & DiSalvo have helped individuals and families throughout the state as they navigate the difficult aftermath of auto accidents.

We listen with compassion and help clients obtain the health services they need, and fight for the maximum recovery from insurers and legal claims. If you or a loved one has been in a car accident, reach out to us for a free, no-obligation case review. A Kogan & DiSalvo lawyer will listen with compassion and explain your options under Florida law. We don’t charge any fee unless we recover money for you. 

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