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The aftermath and consequences of a car accident can be devastating. In addition to recovering from the physical injuries and putting your life back on the “normal” track as soon as you can, there are lots of other consequence sand setbacks that increase the suffering you would have to endure after an accident.
1. Financial Setbacks
One of the most severe consequences of a car accident or even any accident is the financial setbacks. This is usually brought on by piling medical expenses, rehabilitation costs, job loss, reduced income etc. Immediately after the accident, medical bills start to amass, from hospital stay to recovery and rehabilitation expenses, the financial strain on the victim can be devastating.
While the medical bills may or may not be covered by an insurance company, living while being out of work can cause an increasing bill where there is no or reduced income. If your car was seriously damaged in a car accident, you are also left with repair bills or even having to worry about buying another car. All these financial expenses can negatively toll your life, leading to psychological issues, depression, and anxiety.
2. Inability to Work
This also adds to the financial setback because where you cannot work due to the severity of the accident, it could result in loss of wages. It could also cause emotional and mental trauma due to the inability to work and do productive work.
3. Lack of Transportation
Where your car was partially or entirely damaged, you could be temporarily or permanently out of a car and personal means of transportation. While you await repairs or replacement of your car, it could add more hardship to your already facing problems. Making it difficult to run errands, do daily chores, take your kids to school, go to the store or buy groceries in a situation where the accident injuries are not severe enough to put you out of work, the lack of transportation could jeopardize your punctuality at work and cause you more problems. It would also make you incur more cost as you find other means of transportation.
4. Insurance Rate Increases
Unfortunately, your insurance rates could go up even if you were not at fault or responsible for the cause of the accident. This would further contribute to you already mounting financial burden.
5. Emotional Hardship
One of the most troubling consequences of an accident is the emotional and mental suffering, and hardship victims of accidents have to go through. They are brought on by the trauma of the accident and the situations after the accident. Where a victim suffers debilitating accident injuries, they are hit with depression and emotional hardship due to their inability to go back to their everyday lives and depend on others to do essential tasks.
Another concern after an accident is post-traumatic stress disorder, anxiety, and panic attacks, making it difficult for the victim to get back to driving or entering a car again for fear of being in another accident.
The Road to Recovery
After suffering a severe car accident, the path or road to recovery and living everyday life can be hard but not impossible. With the right steps, you and your family could return to normal life again. With time, you could heal from the physical and, psychological injuries.
Legal Representation and Litigation
The aftermath and consequences of injury sustained in a car accident can be far-reaching. However, there is a little consolation in the fact that you may be entitled to financial compensation if some factors apply. That is why you should contact a car accident attorney as soon as possible to obtain professional legal advice and representation on how to proceed where there is another party liable or in filing a claim with an insurance company.
If you’ve been injured in a car accident in the Portland area, do not hesitate to contact a car accident Attorney Portland to consult on your case.
So, to alleviate the situations that could arise from a car accident, you should contact a legal professional who could take the right approach that would help you return to your normal life.
This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.
© 2021 Loretta Osakwe Awosika