Personal injury sustained in an accident most often brings a great amount of stress and takes an emotional toll on the plaintiffs we fight for. Though it varies by case, a serious injury can affect the way an injury victim works, studies, or carries out activities they are seriously committed to – without a clear sign that things will improve or go back to the way they used to be.
As a Type A (competitive, self-critical) individual who takes pride and strongly identifies themselves in their accomplishments, the emotional consequences can be much more severe, affecting their self-esteem and self-worth. As the result of a serious injury, chronic pain can occur to further take the joy out of daily routines, constantly serving as a reminder to the injured person that their life is no longer the same.
When someone is forced to come to a crossroad where physical and emotional pain meet, it can often lead to depression, defined by the Mayo Clinic as: “a medical illness that involves the mind and body and affects the way you feel, think and behave”. As a personal injury lawyer, it is necessary to notice some of the common signs of serious depression in an injury victim:
• Loss of interest or pleasure in normal activities
• Fatigue and loss of energy
• Feelings of worthlessness or guilt
• Irritability or frustration over small matters
• Slowed thinking, speaking or body movements
• Significant changes in appetite
• Insomnia or excessive sleeping
• Agitation or restlessness
• Reduced sex drive
• Crying spells
• Frequent thoughts of death, dying or committing suicide
When an accident victim is in such a state, the best lawyers will see the big picture and recommend a medical specialist to seek treatment. With the plaintiff’s health and well being coming first, a lawyer must ensure they will be in a steady state, to be ready to move forward with their legal pursuits.
As an injury victim in Ontario, it can take 4 years to get to trial in Toronto and in other GTA regions usually a few years less. Though your legal matters appear to be an additional burden in your life, we believe you should not be the one receiving additional financial burdens due to the injuries caused by another individual’s negligence. The honest truth is that it will be a battle. However, pursuing a trial is your best chance to receive compensation for the rest of your life and we highly recommend you do not let this go unresolved.
Contact us today to discuss your case and help you in your recovery process.