Garcia & Ochaoa - April 2020

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APRIL 2020

THE EMOTIONAL IMPACT OF BEING INJURED

Understanding the Impact of Stress on Others

have a vehicle anymore. Now, they’re faced with trying to find a way to get around without access to low-cost reliable transportation. Getting to work, picking the kids up from school, or heading to the grocery store were never worries for them in the past, but now, those worries are their reality. You may not think about these situations because they’re not currently happening to you. We all hear about these situations, and it can be hard to realize how much of a toll they take. But I think it’s important to try to understand the difficulty and impact of these circumstances. When we have that understanding, it helps us know the full weight of what someone is going through and allows us to extend our hands to help them. At Garcia & Ochoa, we do as much as we can to help people in these stress-filled situations. We keep the channels of communication as open as possible to guide them through the process so that we can absorb the bulk of the work and stress they’re faced with. We cannot take away every stressor in our clients’ lives, but we can relieve some of their anxiety about steps they need to take. I also always encourage our clients to develop a support group. Whether they are family, church members, friends, or mental health professionals, it’s always good to have people to lean on. It’s crucial for everyone to be aware of this stress, not just for National Stress Awareness Month but also for the rest of the year. Through understanding and awareness, we all can offer help and provide support to those who are going through difficult and stressful times.

When I was thinking about what to write this month, I discovered that April is National Stress Awareness Month. Stress is something I come across every day, especially in my line of work. No matter what situation they’re in, my clients are stressed about the outcomes of their cases, which is something I always take into account when I work alongside them. However, for people who have never been in this situation before, it might be difficult to realize just how stressful it can be. I always feel a little stressed, but in a good way. When I take on a case, I’m not just faced with paperwork and the prospect of a trial — I have the client’s life in my hands. For instance, if a client’s spouse is their household’s sole earner and they get killed or become seriously injured, then in addition to the emotional toll, the client loses their only source of income. My goal is to make sure that our clients who are faced with these life-altering situations are taken care of and have a plan to be made economically whole again. It’s a huge responsibility that keeps me alert and working as hard as I can for our clients. The emotional impact of being injured is extremely stressful. One case that comes to mind is a client who had been electroshocked, resulting in the loss of one of his legs. This man was the main provider for his family as a construction worker, and his wife stayed home with their children. This incident not only cost him his leg, but also meant he could not return to work. Our client and his family were suddenly thrust into a world where they were unsure where they could get the money to buy food, pay bills, or purchase clothes. Further, I have had many cases where a client is involved in a car accident, and suddenly, they don’t

“When I take on a case, I’m not just faced with paperwork and the prospect of a trial — I have my client’s life in my hands.”

Lino Ochoa

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