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The Snowball Effect of a Personal Injury

Personal Injury Stress


Being involved in an accident is already scary enough. These fears and stresses can be exacerbated when you suffered injuries. In an instant, any and everything about your life can be changed forever. From your finances to your personal relationships, the aftermath of an accident is often riddled with stress-inducing obstacles to overcome. If you are a parent, you need to be even more prepared.  Fortunately, there are a lot of resources and strategies that can help you get through it all.


Lost Wages/Employment Issues

One of the biggest things to happen to someone who has been injured is lost wages or employment issues. Whether your injuries are short or long-term, if you’ve been hurt to the point that you’re incapable of doing your job, it can impact your finances. Some individuals end up losing time, money, and even their jobs altogether (if their injuries are long-term and they won’t ever be able to perform their duties).

Solutions: Though you may not be able to do much about your diagnosis or recovery time, you can help your finances in a number of ways.

Hire an attorney – when you’re missing time off from work and your budget is starting to hurt because of it, secure an attorney. You’ll need to hire someone who practices in the region the accident took place. For example, if you were injured on a ride at Playland,  you would want to consult a personal injury attorney in White Plains NY or another city in Westchester County. They know the local court system and can help you file a suit to seek compensation for your lost wages, medical bills, and other damages resulting from the injury. 

File disability – the moment you’re injured and not able to return to work you need to file a temporary disability claim. Your employer and/or your state has disability insurance which can be used to provide you with financial assistance while you recover.

Government programs – if your income has decreased substantially since the accident you may need further assistance from the government. There are programs that provide free or affordable healthcare, housing assistance, utility assistance, food stamps, and more you can take advantage of.  These programs can help you get back on your feet!

Tap into your savings – hopefully, you’ve been putting away for a rainy day. If so, now would be the time to use your emergency funds to tide you over until you receive other financial help. 


Hospital Stays/Long-Term Issues

Serious injuries can significantly alter the course of your life. Some people have to be hospitalized for days, weeks, or months at a time until they recover (which also increases medical expenses). Others end up having long-term issues that require long-term care or permanent lifestyle changes.

Solutions: Being seriously injured is stressful, but there are ways you can speed up your recovery. For those who have permanent issues, making lifestyle adjustments are necessary.

Work with your doctor – Keeping all your doctor’s appointments, following their advice, and following-up with specialists is the most effective way to recover.

Ask your family for help – If you’re going to be immobile for awhile you’ll need to call in the reinforcements. Your family can be very useful in helping you recover. They can pitch in with household chores, run errands, prepare meals, and even watch your children.  Recently my husband suffered a malpractice injury and we discovered how lucky we were to have family nearby. 

Make changes around the house – If your injuries are permanent you may need to make changes around the house to support yourself. This may include installing a ramp or widening doors for a wheelchair, adding grab bars for extra support, purchasing a lift chair, and whatever else you can think of.


Emotional Distress

Accidents don’t just cause physical pain, they cause emotional pain as well. Dealing with your finances, filing a personal injury suit, seeking medical treatment, and adapting to your new normal can be a lot to take on at once.

Solutions: The most effective solution for dealing with emotional distress is to speak with someone about it. Talking to a therapist or spiritual adviser can help you to gain perspective on things and learn new ways to enjoy life despite your injuries and troubles.


When you’ve been injured in an accident that wasn’t even your fault, it can turn your world upside down. It’s important that you don’t allow your circumstances or condition to get the best of you. In order to recover and get past the stress of an accident, it is important to make a plan. A personal injury attorney, your doctors, a therapist, and your family are the most effective people to turn to to help you resolve your problems. It may take some time, but eventually, you’ll learn how to appreciate life, and things will go on.

Got Spring fever? Check out these 10 products!


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1. Hammock Swing

Doesn’t this look so comfortable?  I can feel the Spring breeze on my face already!  

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2. Instant Screenhouse 

Spring sounds amazing, but remember all the bugs?  Stop swatting at them constantly while relaxing in the back yard with this instant screen house! 

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3. Trunk Organizer

Keep sports accessories, spare snacks, and car supplies organized with this handy trunk organizer.

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Since you will be spending a lot more time outdoors, make sure to set up some LED motion sensor lights!  

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 5. Sleeveless Spring Dress 

One of my favorite parts of Spring is being able to pull out my Spring outfits.  This adorable 50s style dress is absolutely perfect…and affordable!  Plus there are several designs to choose from.  

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6. Fitness Tracker

This Polar A360 Fitness Tracker features a Wrist Heart Rate Monitor.  This is a great way to keep yourself accountable and focus on your health this Spring!

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7. Iced Tea Brewing System

Ahh…a glass of iced sweet tea!  I can’t wait!  This tea brewing system comes with a glass pitcher to serve your guests and yourself. 

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 8. Get Organized with a 12 Month Planner

Erin Condren Life Planners are quality made and customizable.  With the kids’ summer sports, date nights, spring/summer parties, and more, you will want to keep everything organized in one place!

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Protect your face as you start spending more time in the sun with a moisturizer that contains SPF protection!

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10. Drawer/Closet Organizers

I saved this for last because as much as I love to be organized…cleaning house is not necessarily the most “fun” part of Spring :)  But I LOVE some good organizers!  These are so versatile too. 

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DIY aromatherapy for kids (and kids at heart!)


This DIY LEGO block necklace is a perfect way to discretely add aromatherapy into your child's day.

Products were provided free to me by Nature’s Bounty® Earthly Elements™ for review.

If you’ve been following trends lately, you’ve noticed a bit of a craze about essential oils.  And that craze is well founded!  Essential oils have been found to have various soothing and refreshing effects on people, and there are countless ways to add the oils and their effects to your day.  One of my favorite applications of essential oils is a discreet, fun building block necklace that brings aromatherapy to kids (and those who are kids at heart.)

First, head to your local Walmart® store to get your oils and any supplies you don’t have at home.


  • Nature’s Bounty® Earthly Elements aromatherapy essential oils.  Use your favorite of the aromatherapy scents to get the desired effect.  My favorite is the lavender, which is soothing, comforting, and provides clarity.
  • One bundle or spool of rubber cording from Walmart’s craft section
  • One piece of felt, any color
  • One mixed box of building blocks.  You really only need a 2×6 stud block and a 2×6 stud flat block, so if you have these at home, you’re set!
  • A drill, 5/16”, 3/32”, and 1/16” size drill bits
  • Needle nose pliers
  • Scissors
  • A vice or channel lock pliers


DIY aromatherapy necklace for kids made using LEGO blocks and essential oils.

Now let’s get to creating!  And don’t worry ladies, it’s not as hard as it sounds.

1. Place the larger 2×6 block upside down in the vice or channel locks.  Keep it secure, but be careful not to over tighten and bend the block.  Do not hold the block with your hands at this step!

2. Using the 5/16” drill bit, carefully and slowly drill out the bottom cylinders. Leave the center cylinder to add stability and grasping power needed in later steps.

3. Grasp any remaining tabs or debris in the block using the needle nose pliers and twist to disconnect and remove them.

4. Turn the block in the vice or pliers so the side is facing up.  Drill a hole near the left and right edges with the 3/32” drill bit for the cording.  Then drill two holes slightly inward from those using the 1/16” drill bit.  Using the same bit, drill a hole on the side on each end of the block.  After this step, you can remove the block from the vice or pliers.

5. Measure the cord by holding it loosely around the neck of the intended wearer with the cord meeting where you want the block to rest.  Cut the cording an inch longer than this to account for tying the ends.

6. Stick the ends of the cording into the 3/32” holes and tie them into a knot.  We found two figure 8 knots to hold the best, as regular knots stretched and pulled through the block occasionally.

7. Cut a strip of felt to the size of the block, then cut it in half.  Put the strips inside the block on either side of the center cylinder.

8. Put a few drops of your desired Earthly Elements essential oil on the felt, then put the flat 2×6 block on the bottom of the large block to seal in the felt.  Wear the necklace throughout the day, adding drops or changing oils to match or enhance your mood!

This DIY LEGO necklace is simple to make and fun for the kids!

So now that you’ve got access to great essential oils at your local Walmart store, what’s your favorite way to use aromatherapy?  Do you have a favorite blend of oils that just hits the spot?

Products were provided free to me by Nature’s Bounty® Earthly Elements™ for review. 

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