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How an extended hospital stay can affect you after a car accident

On Behalf of | Apr 22, 2021 | MVA/Car Accidents

man with broken leg in hospital bed

Being in a car crash is a deeply shocking experience. You may feel numb to the event, and for the first few days, you may not have fully grasped what has happened, particularly if you are seriously injured.

If you become hospitalized after a car accident, it is possible that you will need to go through several surgeries that are high-risk and complex. This will mean that you will not only need to recover emotionally and physically from the car accident itself, but you will also need to recover from the pain and stress associated with the surgeries. The following is an overview of how extended hospital stays can affect patients emotionally and physically.

Weakened bones and muscles

Needing to rest in bed all day will mean that your bones and muscles start to whither away. You will not be able to move around and exercise as usual, and your body may become more prone to stiffness and fractures as a result.

Digestive issues

Moving around during day-to-day activities helps to regulate your digestive system. Being on bed rest can lead to constipation or gut health issues.

Blood clots

Since you will not be moving around as usual, your blood may move more slowly, as this will make you more at risk of blood clots. Your doctor should give you an anticoagulant if they believe that you may be at risk.

Anxiety and depression

The sudden change from living a normal daily life to living in a hospital with severe injuries can have a huge effect on your mental state. You may start to experience feelings of anxiety or depression, and it is important to speak to a medical professional if this occurs.

If you or a loved one has been hospitalized as the result of a car crash, it is important that you consider taking legal action to file a personal injury claim. Doing so could help you to gain back the damages that you deserve.

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