Emotional Hurdles After an Accident


Emotional Hurdles After an Accident

I’m Ed Smith, a Woodland personal injury lawyer. If you have recently been involved in an auto accident, it is not uncommon to experience a wide variety of emotional reactions. It is important to know that each person responds and heals differently following an accident.

Different Types of Emotional Trauma

Emotional trauma can present itself differently in every individual it affects. Some symptoms of emotional trauma can include:

  • Confusion
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Feeling hopeless
  • Anxiety or fear
  • Anger
  • Self-blame
  • Mood swings
  • Shock, denial and/or disbelief
  • Social withdrawal

If you find yourself or someone you love suffering from the above emotions, don’t harshly judge yourself, or your loved one. It is also important to remember that everyone deals and heals from a traumatic injury differently. Avoid comparing your situation to the situation of people who have gone through a similar experience. It is good to remember that if any of these emotional trauma symptoms happen to you, this is a normal reaction to an abnormal situation.

Seeking Help

If you notice your symptoms are persisting for months following your car accident with little to no change, don’t be afraid of seeking help from a professional. Many people find that seeing a therapist following an emotionally traumatic situation to be a very helpful aid in their recovery. It is especially important to seek emotional support if you are in the process of healing from a physical injury at the same time. Many studies have shown that healing the mind helps the body heal as well. If you’re wondering if its time to seek help, an honest self-analysis may be in order. Ask yourself these questions:

  • Do I feel disconnected from people whom I have a close relationship with?
  • Am I avoiding places, people, or situations that remind me of my accident?
  • Am I regularly experiencing flashbacks or nightmares of my traumatic event?
  • Am I using alcohol or drugs to numb my feelings?
  • Since my accident, have I been unable to form close relationships?

If you find yourself answering yes to some or all of these questions, seek help!

Woodland Personal Injury Lawyer

I’m Ed Smith, a Woodland personal injury lawyer. If you, or a member of your family has been seriously injured in an accident caused by the negligent actions of another person, please contact me at (530) 392-9400 for free, friendly advice. I can also be reached toll-free at (800) 404-5400 when calling outside the 530 area.

I have been assisting members of the Woodland community recover compensation for their personal injury and wrongful death claims for over 30 years.

I’m a Million Dollar Advocates Forum member. Advocates in this forum are top-rated trial lawyers who have secured verdicts and settlements for their clients in excess of 1 Million Dollars.

See my past verdicts and settlements.

Read my client reviews on Google, Yelp and Avvo (the attorney rating network)

Founder of, the most informative and up-to-date auto accident and personal injury database in Northern California.

Image Attribution: Wikimedia Commons

:rtc bw

Client Reviews

  • Me and my wife; had a car accident. We were amazed how easy, professional, friendly attorney Ed Smith is along with his staff. Everybody is amazing. Thank you so much, we are very impressed!
  • Ed Smith and his office team took on a difficult personal injury case on my behalf and for the passenger in my car. Ed is a top- notch attorney. His staff couldn't have been more helpful and kind. No need to look elsewhere. I give Ed Smith my highest recommendation.
  • Ed and Robert have been taking great care of my husband and I for the past 5+ years. They are always there when you have a problem and a quick resolution! Even when the issues have nothing to do with them. They are willing to help ease the pain off your shoulders. They are as good as it gets! Thank you again for everything.
  • Very professional. Great team, staff and service all around. Mr Smith was very honest, straight forward with his advice. He gives the word "attorney" an honest reputation. I will seek his council anytime, and would recommend him at the drop of a dime.
  • I would highly recommend Ed Smith to any friends or family in need of a personal injury attorney. Ed, and his staff, are very caring on top of being very experienced in this field. The staff always keeps you informed of the status of your case and they are always easy to reach by phone.
  • Edward Smith law offices provide competent, thorough, and personable help for victims of personal injury. When you first meet the staff you know you contacted the right office. This law office treats clients like people. I recommend this office to anyone seeking representation regarding personal injury.