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Recovering after a car accident can take weeks, months or longer

Getting into a car crash is an experience no one in Florida would choose to endure, but numerous people are harmed in automobile accidents on a daily basis. You may have recently suffered an injury in a collision caused by another driver, and you understandably want to focus on your recovery in hopes of getting your life back to as normal as possible.

Of course, serious injuries typically do not mend overnight. In fact, you may be in for weeks or even months of treatment and therapy as you work through the recovery process. During this time, you may not be able to do many of your regular daily activities, including performing your typical job functions. 

How long will you be out of commission?

Because each car accident is unique and the injuries victims suffer are different, the amount of time it takes to recover also differs. Even if another person suffered a similar ailment as you, that person's path to recovery may be vastly different. When it seems like your recovery is taking too long, you may feel tempted to compare your journey to that of another person, but remembering the uniqueness of each case may help you better focus on your own treatment.

The recovery process can be arduous and frustrating. Unfortunately, some injuries may not allow for a full recovery even after months of therapy. For example, suffering a spinal cord injury may diminish abilities related to your bodily functions. These abilities may not ever return to full strength if they do not improve within a year's time.

What happens during those weeks or months?

The treatment and therapy needed to help you recover can depend on the exact injuries and the extent of damage caused. For example, a few scrapes or bruises to your face may heal in a few days without much medical attention. However, if you suffered broken facial bones and require surgery, this could extend the length of time you need for recovery significantly. Additionally, spinal cord injuries may need surgery as well as physical therapy in an effort to regain or improve lost or diminished abilities.

Only medical professionals acquainted with your specific injuries and health can predict how long your recovery will take and what treatment methods you will need. Still, you may already know that you will need time off work, and concerns about lost wages and mounting medical bills may already have you feeling stressed. If so, you may want to remember that you have legal options for pursuing compensation from the driver considered at fault for the injury-causing accident.

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