Personal injuries come in all forms and sizes, from minor scrapes and bruises to those that threaten your career or – worse – your life. When most people think of personal injuries, however, they usually only think of it as a one-time event that’s over as soon as it’s treated. But personal injuries often last much longer than that, sometimes for months or even years after an incident occurs. This is because personal injuries are almost never a singular event. More often than not, they affect other areas of your life as well. Here are seven ways that personal injuries can affect other areas of your life.
1. Physical Deformity
Several types of injuries can cause physical deformities or changes in appearance, ranging from the minor and unnoticeable to those that dramatically change the way you look. Cuts, burns, and other injuries involving skin, for example, often leave scars and marks on the body after they’ve healed. Worse injuries, meanwhile, may lead to significantly more drastic deformities.
Some personal injuries do more than just change the way you look; they can also change the way you move or even affect your capacity for full movement. Sprains, broken bones, and other similar injuries are common culprits that considerably hinder the victim’s ability to get around. Depending on severity, its effect on a person’s mobility can be either temporary or permanent.
3. Loss of Income
When you’re unable to work because of an injury, you’re potentially losing time and missing opportunities to earn money for your skills. This loss of income can be significant, especially if you cannot work while recovering from the injury. The longer you are unable to work because of your injury, the greater your income loss and cost of missed opportunities for work will be.
4. Career Growth
In some cases, personal injuries may even prevent people from advancing or developing their careers. This is especially relevant for careers and jobs that employ very specific skillsets. If an injury hinders a person’s ability to deliver that specific skill, his or her career growth is compromised and may even be halted.
5. Financial Costs and Expenses
Injuries can be expensive matters, whether you are the injured party or the one responsible for shouldering the costs of an injury. It’s not just the initial treatment and recovery methods that can be costly, either. Depending on its nature and severity, recovery and treatment costs for an injury can extend over a long period of time, which compounds its overall cost.
If you sustain a serious injury due to the negligence or poor judgement of a third party, it is essential that you investigate your legal options. Using the specialised services of a legal firm such as Sinnamon Lawyers to get some compensation can take some of the financial strain out of your recovery period.
6. Emotional and Psychological
In some cases, personal injuries can cause emotional and psychological distress both to the injured party and to his or her family or friends. Some injuries can leave mental scars on victims, no matter how healed and recovered they may seem on the surface.
Whether it’s between friends and loved ones or the relationship between employer and employee, personal injuries can definitely take their toll on personal connections. Trust issues and feelings of contempt may develop, especially with injuries that could have been avoided or have been caused by negligence.
Clearly, personal injuries can affect many other aspects of a victim’s life, both directly and indirectly. Have you experienced this first hand or through a family member or friend? Share your experience and insights in the comments below.
This post was provided by RJ on behalf of Sinnamon Lawyers. On a personal note, I injured my back a couple of months ago and expected to recover within a few days. I didn’t and the strain has been intense. As it stands, it is going to be a while before I am better so this post really resonated with me and my personal circumstances.
Have you ever experienced personal injury, medical issues or anything that set you back? What stood out to you and how did you manage?