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After an Injury: Adjustment Disorders

The aftermath of a major accident can be far-reaching and painful. Even if you were not responsible for the incident, you may still be forced to handle consequences such as painful injuries, staggering medical bills, and interruption of your home and work life. Unfortunately, some of these consequences may not even become apparent until weeks or months after an accident. This includes psychological conditions such as adjustment disorders. An adjustment disorder is an extreme and painful reaction to a major life change, such as a new disability or the loss of a loved one. If you have been diagnosed with an adjustment disorder related to an accident or assault, you may be able to win compensation for your related financial losses. To learn more, call the Champaign personal injury attorneys of Spiros Law, P.C. at (217) 328-2828.

Symptoms of Adjustment Disorders

It is normal to struggle emotionally after a painful and traumatic event. However, some people experience symptoms that go beyond typical stress or sorrow. The following symptoms may be indicative of an adjustment disorder if they are severe enough to interfere with a person’s daily functioning:

  • Increased difficulty falling or staying asleep
  • Persistent feelings of severe guilt, hopelessness, or emotional pain
  • Heart palpitations
  • A sudden increase in aggressive or reckless behaviors (criminal acts, physical altercations, etc.)
  • Increased reliance on alcohol or illicit drugs
  • Anhedonia (an inability to experience happiness or pleasure)

These symptoms may gradually fade over time even without medical intervention. However, many people with adjustment disorders need professional therapy and possibly medication in order to regain control of their feelings and their lives.

Contact a Champaign Personal Injury Lawyer

If you have been forced to seek psychological help after an accident, you may be eligible to receive compensation for those costs. To learn more, contact the Champaign personal injury lawyers of Spiros Law, P.C. at (217) 328-2828.