The process of recovering from a personal injury—and the extent of the damage that a personal injury can do in a person’s life—are often not fully understood by those who have not experienced their own personal injury or that of a loved one first-hand.
First, you have the injury itself. While “personal injury” as a term sometimes sounds relatively small-scale, the injuries involved are often incredibly devastating. As many personal injuries occur during traumatic impact accidents, the damage done to the body can be immense and complex. From shattered bones to muscle and nerve damage to back and spinal injury all the way to traumatic brain injury, limb loss, and paralysis, these injuries are often very severe.
Moreover, depending on the nature and severity of their injuries, personal injury survivors can require extensive treatment that can be very painful and both physically and emotionally taxing. These treatments may include invasive surgeries and grueling physical and occupational therapy regimens that can span weeks, months, or even years. In the end, you may not ever recover fully from a personal injury—you may be left with permanent disabilities, conditions like chronic pain and neuropathy, and less mobility and independence than you had before.