Getting hurt in a car accident is a traumatic experience. It can have a significant impact on your physical, emotional, and financial well-being.
Because there’s always so much to do in the aftermath of a crash, though, a lot of car accident victims are inclined to forgo the claims process. They have enough to deal with without having to navigate complex proceedings.
It’s usually worth seeking compensation, however, especially when you consider all the ways in which a wreck can change your life. Here are some of the biggest:
1. Physical Injuries
Impact injuries can range in severity from bruises and lacerations to bone fractures and brain damage. At the end of the day, even minor injuries can have a significant impact on your quality of life.
For example, a broken leg can prevent you from working or caring for your family. A spinal cord injury can leave you paralyzed. A brain injury can change your personality and make it difficult to think clearly.
2. Emotional Trauma
Car accidents can cause emotional trauma that manifests itself in a number of ways, including through anxiety, depression, and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). These effects can make it difficult to cope with the everyday stresses of life. They can also make it challenging to return to work or school and continue being a productive member of society.
3. Financial Hardship
Sustaining any kind of unanticipated injury can threaten your financial security, and car accident injuries are especially notorious for doing so. The cost of medical care, lost wages, and property damage can be overwhelming. If you are unable to work due to your injuries, you may also have to rely on disability benefits. This can create a financial strain on you and your family.
4. Changes in Personal Relationships
The stress of dealing with the aftermath of a crash can put a strain on your marriage, friendships, and family relationships. It is important to seek support from your loved ones during this difficult time. And if one of your friends or family members ever gets hurt in a wreck, remember to be patient with them, since they’re likely struggling as you once were.
5. Changes in Your Lifestyle
Car accidents can force you to make changes in your lifestyle. Depending on the severity of your injuries, for example, you may have to give up certain activities that you enjoy, such as sports or hobbies. You may also have to make changes to your home to accommodate your injuries, like installing ramps or grab bars.
Discuss Your Claim with a Car Accident Attorney in New York
If you were hurt in a car accident in New York City, Long Island, or somewhere else in the state, turn to Leitner Varughese to determine how best to proceed. We’ll use all the resources at our disposal to help you put together the most compelling claim possible. Call 855-585-2969 or submit our Contact Form to schedule a free initial consultation with a car accident lawyer in New York.