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Handling a personal injury legally comes with a few steps, like filing a claim, negotiating and accepting or rejecting a settlement. Unlike the legal aspects of a personal injury, handling a personal injury psychologically may be much more difficult.

After a personal injury, you may struggle with depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) or other mental health concerns. On top of your physical recovery, you should remember to take time to recover emotionally.

The stress of a personal injury can leave you devastated

Personal injuries do cause stress. Physically, you may be in pain and exhausted. Emotionally, you may be upset or sad about your losses. You may be angry or frustrated with aspects of your case, particularly if settlement offers haven’t been fair. All of these stresses add up and can make it hard for you in your everyday life.

Consider therapy if you’ve been struggling after a personal injury

It may be a good idea to seek out a counselor or therapist if you suffered a personal injury and have lasting symptoms of depression, anxiety or other concerns. They can help you handle the psychological aspects of trauma and give you a safe place to talk about how you feel and the stress that you’re dealing with.

Your claim should also include compensation for the mental strain that you’ve been through. Your psychological and mental health needs are every bit as important as your physical well-being. Our site has more on how you can file a claim and seek compensation for visits to therapy or psychological counseling, so you can feel like yourself again.