The aftermath of suffering a personal injury, be it through an accident at work, crash on the road or a slip in public, can be a daunting and distressing time. The consequences of such accidents are not only physical, but mental as well. In fact, injuries such as broken bones and dislocations are comparatively simple in terms of recovery as it is usually a case of just resetting the bone or joint then waiting for it to heel. However, the mental anguish caused by accidents at work or elsewhere can be significantly more complicated to both diagnose and treat.
What are the common mental issues following an accident at work?
It is often common for victims of accidents to feel restlessness during their road to recovery. These feelings can manifest in a number of ways and can lead to problems getting to sleep, concentrating or can cause the person to become uncharacteristically irritable and quick to anger.
Restlessness is a complicated issue for a number of reasons. Firstly, it is a vicious cycle where the restless person is sleeping poorly, they therefore, become increasingly irritable, frustrated and restless and thus unable to sleep properly. It can also make them difficult to work with and sympathy is often in short supply as attempts at reassurance can be met with snappy, sarcastic replies.
How can I deal with feelings of restlessness after a workplace accident?
Feeling restless is a sign that you have not mentally recovered from an accident. Therefore, the best way to combat these feelings is to confront the issue head on. Rather than trying to suppress or forget memories of the incident, talking through what happened, with friends, family or health professionals, can go a long way to helping overcome obstacles on your road to recovery.
One tip is to set aside a decent amount of time each day to really think about and discuss what happened, making notes of your memories and emotions both now and at the time the accident occurred. Taking ownership of the situation is an important step in recovering from serious injuries at work.
Of course, it’s also important to remember that financial compensation may also be due. If the accident was not your fault, then you may be owed work accident compensation. Our expert legal team at Accident Advice Helpline offers professional guidance throughout the course of your work injury claim.