Weight Gain and Personal Injuries: Information to Help Your Case
Suffering from a personal injury can come with many changes in your life. Not only can the injury impact physical movement or the activities you participate in, but it can result in weight gain.
Everyone’s body is different, but weight gain after a personal injury can be attributed to multiple factors. Breaking down these different elements can help you understand the source of the weight gain and how it can become a part of your settlement case.
Use this informational guide as a starting point for your personal injury story and to help you develop reasons your weight gain may have occurred.
After treating any emergency procedures, one of the first things people focus on after a personal injury is their physical abilities. Naturally, something like a broken leg or neck is going to limit mobility dramatically. Even something like a broken collarbone can prevent a person from going to the gym or hiking.
When you remove these daily or weekly activities, a person’s body may change as a result. Not as many calories are being burned off, and as a result, you could gain weight.
The weight gain may not have occurred if the injury didn’t take place. Evidence like past weights from physical exams can showcase how this differs and should be accounted for in a personal injury case.
The phrase “eating with your emotions” was created for a perfectly good reason. When people are stressed or upset, they often try to soothe themselves with food.
In some cases, this may lead to poor eating options, binging on foods, or overeating during regular meals. Over time, the excess eating can result in significant weight gain.
The weight differences should be noted in your case and should be included in any type of pain and suffering documents. Pain and suffering documents basically cover the emotional distress that occurs after going through any type of injury.
Lack of Work
Even if you don’t work out on a regular basis, a lot of your burned calories and eating habits may be better controlled by your job. While working, you may burn a specific amount of calories during the day. This is true for contractors, construction workers, and workers in a lot of other industries.
Even an office worker may burn off calories delivering papers or traveling around the office during the day. If your injury has forced you to stop working or go on medical leave, then this may be a direct factor in your weight gain.
Not only can you seek compensation for the missed time at work, but you can also seek it for the emotional stress and harm that comes with your added weight.
Diet Changes and Medication
Getting injured changes your daily life, and a big part of that is planning meals. Hand injuries, head injuries, and other mobility issues may prevent you from cooking healthy meals in the kitchen.
As your diet changes and you adjust to the new routine, you may experience weight gain because of it. Once you gain weight, it can be even harder to lose it again. Even if you adjust back to your original diet, the transformation may be harder than when you first started.
Along with the diet changes, your injuries and pain may force you to be on a variety of medications. Some medications have side effects which can result in weight gain.
If the medications have caused this, then it may be another element on your settlement case.
Weight gain can play a significant role in your personal injury case. Contact us at The Cochran Firm to move forward with your personal injury case and learn different ways you can earn a proper settlement.