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A Vancouver Motorcycle Accident Has Left You Physically Harmed and Emotionally Discombobulated

Jeffrey S. Witten, B.A., LL.B.
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Personal Injury Lawyer at McComb Witten Marcoux

When you recall your Vancouver motorcycle accident, your head starts to pound, your face gets flushed, and your heart drums in your chest.


Just thinking about it still makes you cringe. At least sometimes. At other times, you feel no emotions at all. You're able to talk about it in kind of a detached, third person way.


Why is that?


How come you sometimes feel an emotional charge when you mentally review the crash, while sometimes you feel numb and/or calm when remembering it?


The human brain is a fantastically complicated piece of machinery. Neuroscientists are only beginning to understand how and why we process emotions—particularly after traumatic events.


A motorcycle accident victim's emotional state can change rapidly and without warning.


Why is this important to recognize?


Because your emotions affect the actions that you do and do not take to address your problems!


When you feel panic and anxious, you may make needlessly hasty decisions. When you feel mellow or resigned about your injury and accident, you may be sluggish to take smart action.


To get best results, obtain compensation, and recover from your injuries, you must come to grips with your emotional swings and mood changes.


Why might they be happening?


First of all, mood changes can be symptomatic of a brain injury.


Depression, anxiety, and other emotions originate in the brain. If you landed on your head, even if you were wearing a helmet, the traumatic brain injury might have precipitated your emotional/mood swings.


Secondly, the brain is just weird about how it processes information and emotions.


Studies of posttraumatic stress disorder show that surging levels of cortisol and other stress hormones can literally restructure the brain. There may be ways to undo this damage—for instance, using cognitive behavioral therapy or meditation. But you might be a changed person.


Finally, our emotional reactions are not linear.


You may feel calm when you discuss your injuries in gory detail with your parents over the phone, but then freak out later when you're chilling, watching Family Guy. Emotions are tough to predict!


What can you do to make your situation a little easier?


Stop trying to perfectly manage your emotions and instead pay attention to your strategic objectives. What do you want to accomplish with respect to your claim? What’s an ideal outcome?


The team at McComb Witten can help you and keep you on track, even if you are feeling totally off kilter right now. Get in touch with us today for a consultation.