Why Nothing You Ever Experienced Prepared You Effectively for Your North Carolina Auto Accident

January 10, 2013, by Michael A. DeMayo

You were just involved in an auto accident in North Carolina. And you’ve been unpleasantly surprised by how “unprepared” you feel. This bafflement comes from many places — confusion about the legal aspects of your case, medical problems resulting from the collision, emotional “stuff” that’s been boiling up inside you ever since the crash, and more.

You’re normally such a (relatively) competent, organized person. How is it possible that you have been so “thrown off your game” by a single event?

First of all, scary events can lead to unexpected feelings. No one “prepares” to get into accidents. So even when you have your ducks in a row, you can still easily be blindsided by medical trauma, surprise financial catastrophes (or opportunities), and so forth.

Second of all, in school, we’re never taught a systematic way to process our emotions and our thoughts. Yes, we’re taught to “get organized” and to “stay on an even keel.” Maintaining logistical and emotional equilibrium can help us make more rational choices.

Sadly, though, we’re not really taught a step-by-step process to obtain (or regain) that feeling of high competence and control.

Getting perspective after an accident is not rocket science, but it’s not intuitive, either.

Right now, you’re probably conceptualizing your accident as a discrete event in time. A truck hit you or someone rear ended you. This caused a crisis, which you now must handle, for instance, by filing a legal claim against the negligent driver or pursuing compensation from an insurance company.

But an accident trickles down into almost every facet of a victim’s life, impacting emotions, work and home life, finances, health, and beyond. Once the accident happens, it can no longer be thought of (or dealt with) as a discrete event. Instead, it must be reconciled with as a diverse set of issues. You now need to clean up your finances; manage your health; possibly patch up your relationships; manage the legal and insurance headaches, and much more.

In other words, the process has grown much larger and more diverse. Thus, we need multiple tools and resources to attack these problems.

The team here at the Law Offices of Michael A. DeMayo can help you with one of the most important projects on your plate: seeking compensation for your Charlotte car accident. Call us for a free consultation.


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