Managing Stress During a Lawsuit
A question we often hear from prospective new clients is, “How can I manage stress during this personal injury lawsuit?”
No matter what the situation is, a personal injury lawsuit can be time-consuming, confusing, and stressful.
Try using these five tips to ease your mind during this difficult time:
1. Make a To-Do List
When you’re in the middle of a personal injury lawsuit, it can seem like nothing is in your control. Sometimes all you need to do is write yourself a list of things that need to be done. A study performed at Wake Forest University showed that, “while tasks we haven’t done distract us, just making a plan to get them done can free us from this anxiety”. Be sure to also document all accident-related receipts, treatments, or anything that can be used to demonstrate how the incident has and is currently affecting your life.
2. Seek Medical Help
After an accident or traumatic experience, many people avoid going to the doctor and assume, because they don’t have dramatic symptoms, that everything is fine. This is one of the biggest mistakes in a personal injury case! Developing injuries could take time to show symptoms, and by then- it might be too late. Even if you’re not sure if you have any significant injuries, it’s important to seek professional medical advice to save yourself from stress and complications down the line.
3. Keep a Journal
Keeping a journal not only helps with your personal injury case, but it could also help to clear your mind and act as a form of therapy to manage stress. After an accident or traumatic incident, there can be many different feelings going through your head. You could be running through different scenarios, “what-if’s”, and other anxiety-inducing thoughts. Writing things down can allow you to get those feelings out of your head and on paper, making you feel better while also helping your case documentation.
4. Utilize Your Support System
Oftentimes, your friends and family are your biggest support system to lean on when times get tough. Even if they can’t directly help your personal injury case, they can give you some peace of mind and perspective. Don’t be afraid to reach out to your loved ones to ask for help and support in this difficult time!
5. Hire a Personal Injury Attorney Early On
The first 24 hours after an injury or traumatic event are the most critical in a personal injury case. By seeking the advice and guidance of a personal injury attorney early on, you can ensure that you’ll have a guiding voice during this stressful time. If you’ve already passed this time frame and are still wondering if you should hire a lawyer, the answer is… yes! If you’re trying to manage your stress throughout your lawsuit, the first 24 hours are just the beginning. Insurance companies are experts in trying to wear you down in order to help their bottom line. A personal injury attorney will stand up to these bullies and ensure that you’re paid fairly for your injuries.
After an injury, you may be confused, stressed, and hurting- both in the physical and emotional sense. When it comes to your health and lost wages for medical expenses, work, physical pain, or emotional suffering, don’t risk your chance of being compensated by trying to navigate through this alone. It’s best to hire a personal injury attorney with years of experience and proven success recovering damages for victims of negligence. After an injury in Ohio, contact the personal injury attorneys at Tittle & Perlmuter for a free case evaluation.