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Dealing with an acquired disability: The reality

After you get into an accident, you may find that you've acquired a disability. For someone who could once walk, use both arms or use your body in normal manners, having to cope with a disability is particularly difficult.

Alongside the trauma of the accident itself, you will likely need time to cope with the acquired disability. It's normal to grieve the loss of the kind of life you had before; you are right to think that your life will change. There may not be any way to reverse the damage that has been done, which means you're left with life-changing injuries now and for the remainder of your life.

If you lose the ability to use a body part, you may find it difficult to dress yourself or perform other tasks. This could lead to a sense that you're losing your dignity or that you're no longer as independent as you'd like to be. You may lose your identity or sense of purpose.

How well patients adjust may have a lot to do with who you were before you suffered an injury, but everyone can adjust with time. You may need to relearn how to complete tasks or learn new ways to do so; with help, you can overcome any disability that you've developed.

You don't have to be isolated or lonely because of your disability, and with technology advancing, there's always hope for medical options to change in the future.Your attorney will help you fight for a fair settlement that gives you options for treatments in the future.

Source: Good Therapy, "Grieving an Acquired Disability," Wendy Smith, MA., LMHCA, accessed April 26, 2018

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