Psychological Care After Death or Injury
When you’ve been in a car accident, it’s natural to be a little nervous for a while when you go driving again. But for some people, that nervousness never goes away or gets worse. Every car that pulls out into the street could feel like they’re aiming for them. Their stress level rises and affects their quality of life. In extreme cases, it could keep them from driving completely.
After you’ve undergone a traumatic incident, it can leave scars on both the body and the mind. Most injury accidents focus on the physical symptoms, but the psychological ones should not be ignored. If you’ve been in an injury accident or lost a loved one, getting mental health care should be considered as part of your care plan.
Common Causes of Mental Trauma
Certain kinds of injuries are more prone to causing lasting mental trauma. One of the worst is burns. Burns are extremely painful and often disfiguring. Seeing the change in their bodies after a severe burn can make people question their identity. This can lead to a number of mental illnesses.
Another type of injury that causes psychological damage is spinal cord injuries. Spinal cord injuries can impair or removes the ability to move and feel certain parts of the body. An injury like this can completely spoil the plans and aspirations someone has for their life. Sometimes the change is so great that it becomes unbearable and mental illnesses manifest.
The death of a loved one rarely leaves someone free from trauma. Grief is a natural process and should be undergone. But sometimes people can remain stuck in their grief or feel great anger against the responsible party. They may not be able to process them in a healthy manner without professional help.
You might be wondering how you’d be able to pay for treatment after an accident. The costs for treating mental injuries are covered under pain and suffering damages. It’s rare that an insurance company will pay directly for mental health treatment as they would for a surgeon or a physician, but the money that you get for pain and suffering can be used for this purpose. This is a wise decision.
The whole idea behind getting compensation is that the money will be used to get you as close as possible to how you were before the accident. This includes both the mind and the body. We encourage those who’ve been in an accident to speak with a mental health professional about their experiences, so they can be processed without causing lasting damage. If the professional deems that medication is necessary, there’s a chance that might be covered by your insurance as part of your claim.
If you have questions about how to manage your mental health after an accident, speak with a doctor to get a referral. If you’re worried about how you’ll pay for it, speak with one of our lawyers. Depending on your circumstances, we may be able to help you pay for treatment. It could be the difference between living the rest of your life on your terms or having the shadow of your incident follow you everywhere.