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Recovering from an injury is always a serious matter. After an injury, you might be eager to return to your pre-injury lifestyle, but pushing yourself too quickly can exacerbate the injury and make your recovery longer.
It is important to remember that some injuries need some extra assistance. At Diamond and Diamond, the personal well-being and health of others are at the top of the priority list. “Our team of lawyers rely on their reputation in the field and extensive experience in personal injury to provide clients with an unmatched and dedicated support system over the duration of their case,” says Sandra Zisckind, managing partner at Diamond and Diamond.
Physical Health First
Even if an injury initially seems minor, health issues can persist after the original injury has occurred. Whether it’s a car accident, brain injury, dog bite, birth injury, or even a common slip or fall, lingering health issues can happen unexpectedly.
In these circumstances, it is important to track which health issues persist and the general symptoms. Maintaining a log of these occurrences can help you keep track of any health changes that need to be communicated to either a lawyer or a doctor.
“If you’re looking for a great way to keep track of any health changes, I recommend logging the date and your symptoms in a centralized place. This allows you to keep track of these changes and includes important details about how you feel and when the change occurs,” says Zisckind.
Maintaining a log of personal health changes is a great way to understand how your body changes and notice any patterns that might help healthcare professionals understand and treat your injury.
Ignoring Mental Health Issues Can Make Them Worse
While not always visible, mental health is just as important as physical health. Mental health issues can seem easy to brush off, but they can lead to bigger problems down the road if they aren’t addressed early on. If you are still experiencing issues related to mental health that stem from your initial injury, be sure to reach out to a licensed healthcare professional with relevant experience.
“There are serious consequences to ignoring mental health issues such as untreated anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder, and chronic pain, which can all lead to suffering in your daily life,” Zisckind said. It’s important to look at the bigger picture when considering your health, including both physical and mental health.
Speak Up – Your Health Matters
Putting your health first is the best way to prioritize yourself. In some instances, individuals can feel guilt or shame for injuries they are coping with. Never forget that getting back to your pre-injury state involves prioritizing your needs. The faster you get help, the faster your recovery will be.
“Having a personal injury can be a very challenging experience that sometimes leaves people feeling embarrassed to speak up. Always remember to prioritize your needs and advocate for your well-being,” stressed Zisckind.
While you might be tempted to rush back to work, hobbies, and your pre-injury lifestyle, it won’t make your recovery go any quicker. Taking an active approach to your healthcare is the best way to overcome injuries and live your happiest, healthiest life.
About Jeremy Diamond
Jeremy Diamond is a lawyer and member of both Ontario and Florida Bars. Jeremy practices in the area of Plaintiff personal injury litigation. Click here to learn more about Jeremy Diamond.