If you have ever been in a car wreck you know that no matter how minor it was, an automobile accident renders normal life abnormal.  For a few days to a few weeks, nothing is quite the same.  Kansas City automobile accident victims need to know that there are some things get them back to life as they knew it before the accident.  The first step is in accepting that pretending like nothing happened will work against setting things normal.  Learn to take the steps necessary to heal and recover.  The alternative is prolonging the process of healing and letting the accident complicate life even more.

Rest.  No doubt there is huge temptation to get back to work, get on with life after an accident.  But the simple truth is that unless you give yourself the time to rest and recover, your recovery may take days or even weeks longer than expected.  Stay home from work; follow doctor’s instructions for limits on what you do physically.  Skip heavy lifting, working out, and even sports until you are given the clear to resume normal activities.

Catch up on your rest, get adequate nutrition, do everything you can to encourage healing.  In other words, save the all-night Star Trek marathon or the weekend bender for other times and places.  What you need instead is plenty of sleep, good nutrition, and the chance for your bumps and bruises to heal.

Keep all appointments.  A car accident is nothing like the common cold.  Whether or not you should seek medical attention is not a matter of personal preference.  Physicians need to evaluate you and your physical condition.  Leave nothing up to your own limited knowledge or the advice of well-meaning family and friends.  Follow doctor’s instructions and keep all appointments.

Take it easy.  This is more than just stay home and rest.  Lay off lifting heavy loads.  If you suffered back pain and normally wear heeled shoes, like high heels or boots, opt for back friendly flats for a while.  Inform employers of your recent car accident, and be sure to share doctor’s orders.  A little taking it easy now will go a long way towards recovering from your injuries, and putting the car accident behind you more quickly.

Ask for help.  This is a tough thing to do for some people, but if a doctor tells you “lift nothing heavier than 10 pounds”, that includes groceries, the vacuum cleaner, even your toddler.  If you need help, ask for it.  You just had a car wreck after all.  Involve extended family members and friends until you get back on your feet.  Most likely, they will be happy to help out.

Seek good advice.  If you have been involved in an accident, you no doubt have many questions about your rights, how you will pay your bills, and what to do next.  Asking someone who knows the right steps to take can go a long way in finding the answers to your questions.  

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James Roswold is a Kansas & Missouri personal injury, workers comp, and medical malpractice attorney.