Learning to Cope with a Catastrophic Injury

October 3, 2022
By Clawson Fargnoli Utsey, LLC

Learning to Cope with a Catastrophic Injury

Coming to terms with your catastrophic injury can be challenging in more ways than not. Learning to work around a new way of life can be mentally taxing and physically draining when working through different pains and emotions. Although it can feel unfair at first, it is important that you cope with your injuries and understand that not everything is bad. This is an essential step in recovery and the road to fully healing. Below are a few tips that could be useful when learning how to cope:

Have Patience

When recovering from a catastrophic injury, it’s important that the victim has a lot of patience while they figure out what works best for them during this time. As it’s normal for life to be completely different, what used to work before is likely not to work now – and that’s OK. It is important that the victim remembers to always be patient with not just themselves but the people around them.

Therapy or Support Groups

When navigating life after sustaining life-changing injuries, it’s important to know that you are not alone. Therapy and support groups are a great way for victims to talk about challenges with other people who have gone through similar struggles, or a professional who knows how to get you the help you need. Even if victims are not mentally prepared to discuss right away, even sitting in a support group environment and listening to others share their thoughts and feelings can benefit the healing process.

Make a Routine

Routines are super important in our everyday lives. They help keep us grounded, productive, balanced, and happy. Routines are especially important for victims of catastrophic injuries because eating healthy and regularly exercising is great when incorporated into day-to-day activities. Planning ahead is also important because it allows time for victims to ask their loved ones or primary care physicians for the help they need to ensure they are following their routines and progressing in their recovery process. When victims struggle to keep up with regular physical activities or certain elements in their routine, there may be alternative options that can be more convenient for the time being. These may include activities such as yoga, meditation, light stretching, or prayer.

Pace Yourself

Victims of catastrophic injuries who were used to being on the go 24/7 before the accident can have a tough time with this. It’s okay not to be able to go back to the way things used to be right away. It’s important that victims take the time needed to progress effectively to ensure the injury doesn’t get worse and also to protect their mental well-being. It can sometimes become overwhelming, which is why it’s beneficial to understand that taking a break is OK and will help the victims feel rejuvenated and ready to participate in appropriate activities.

Create New Traditions

Not being able to participate in the things victims were able to do before the accident can be one of the most mentally taxing consequences to deal with. It’s important that instead of not participating or canceling altogether, victims and their loved ones find ways to alter or reinvent the traditions they all love. Thinking outside the box and creating new creative avenues can be highly beneficial to the coping process. When everyone feels that they have collaboratively come up with a new idea, it’ll make it much more likely that they embrace the new way of life with the victim.

We’re Here to Help

We understand the challenges associated with life after sustaining a catastrophic injury. We want you to know that you are not alone, and we are always here to help. Our team of trusted attorneys has worked with many individuals with cases like yours, making us well equipped and knowledgeable. Here at Clawson Fargnoli Utsey, LLC, we are dedicated to fighting for your rights and getting you the justice you deserve.

Contact us today at or visit us online to get started with your free case evaluation and next steps on your road to recovery.