24 Oct Accident Recovery: The Benefits Of Canine Companionship
The consequences of an injury can vary from person to person, depending on the accident. Some people experience physical injuries, such as injured limbs or concussions. Others may face injuries that are not as easily visible, such as psychological injuries.
Often suffered in conjunction with physical injuries, psychological injuries affect the mental and emotional state of the injured party, such as the onset of anxiety, fear, depression or anger issues. For example, the fear of getting behind the wheel of a car after a severe car accident may be interpreted as a psychological injury.
The Use of Therapeutic Service Dogs
There are different forms of therapy that medical professionals may prescribe to help patients suffering from psychological injuries.
One method of therapy is the use of trained service dogs. As reported by CBC.ca, some of the survivors of the Humboldt Broncos bus crash are undergoing this form of therapy.
An organization that trains and lends service dogs to accident victims donated three dogs to three survivors of the crash to help them through their difficult recovery process. According to one survivor and his family, the experience has yielded positive results.
The Impact Of Working With A Service Dog
A service dog offers many benefits. One of the more visible benefits is simply company. The service dogs tend to create positive experiences around patients, and create a pleasant atmosphere through companionship. Just by being present, a dog has been shown to create a safer, calmer environment for a patient when fearful or stressful feelings surface.
If you have been injured in an accident, you may have suffered physical injuries as well as psychological injuries, such as anxiety or fear. In either scenario, consult a legal professional to understand what claims you can make for the injuries you have suffered.
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