How Car Accidents Meddle with a Person’s Ability to Work

Despite strict traffic laws and regular safety awareness campaigns by road safety agencies, in a bid to reduce traffic deaths, the alarming rate of car accidents persists.

Being involved in a car crash is an unpleasant experience, particularly when it’s a result of another road user’s carelessness or recklessness. Thus, if you get injured in a car accident due to the mistakes of someone else, you can seek legal assistance.

Car accidents are unfortunate events that tend to produce adverse effects. These effects can seriously affect the victim’s career and their ability to earn a living. Below are the effects of a car accident and how they negatively impact a person’s ability to work.

How Car Accidents Change Your Ability to Work

Physical effect

Physical injuries are usually the first experience a car accident victim has. They can be mild injuries like external bleeding, bruises, pain burns, and concussions.

They can also be more severe injuries, like:

  • Fractures, limb damage, and broken bones
  • Internal bleeding caused by ruptured blood vessels or damaged organs
  • Spinal cord injuries, which could result in a severe lower waist sprain and paralysis
  • Memory loss, which can be caused by severe damage to the brain

These injuries can severely impact one’s ability to function effectively as a person, let alone return to a work environment.

Social effect

A person involved in a car accident may experience withdrawal. This may cause a loss of physical and emotional energy, which may drastically reduce their desire to be involved in daily activities, including their hobbies. It can also increase their sensitivity to the outdoors.

Withdrawal can create anxiety in social settings or even high sensitivity to bright lights, sunlight, and loud sounds. All these can cause the person suffering withdrawal to detach from society.

Even when they attempt to overcome this issue and return to society, the side effects of isolating for an extended period might still linger. This may make it tough for such a person to adjust to crowded spaces and the bustle of the labor industry.

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Psychological and emotional effects

Involvement in a car accident is always a shocking experience. Those involved might be left with lifelong immaterial scars due to the severe trauma they had to experience.

Naturally, they may develop PTSD, fear, guilt (especially if they lost a loved one to the crash), constant depression and sadness, anger, flashbacks, and anxiety. Some may experience intense nightmares, insomnia, shock, loss of appetite, suicidal thoughts, etc.

These feelings often disrupt a person’s ability to focus and carry out their assigned duties at work and can even lead to them being fired from their job.

Financial effect

Severe car accidents significantly reduce the possibility of the victim returning to work, as injuries may certainly require a longer period of treatment, leaving them without a source of income and a pile of debt.

According to a report, healthcare debt is common in America, with half the population struggling with medical debt, both insured and uninsured. This is due to the expensive nature of medicine and treatment.

Hence, car crash victims are most likely to accumulate a significant debt amount, as they may require multiple treatments, depending on the severity of the injury and the duration of treatment. In certain cases, a car accident victim may find themselves impaired and unable to seek future employment or generate income.

Car accidents are an experience that is seemingly common for road users—even those who adhere to traffic laws. Should you find yourself in such a situation, it is advisable to seek legal guidance from a car accident attorney. Their assistance is invaluable in getting the compensation you deserve

Dan Smiljanić

Dan is a practitioner of project management and our resident geek. With a background in computer science, Dan is the lead product tester at Binfire. When Dan not writing code, you will probably find him cycling and hiking with friends.

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