Historically, when people hear of psychological trauma, they usually associate the term with veterans who have returned from war with Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome (PTSD). After experiencing a terrifying event, other people may also develop PTSD. Symptoms frequently include flashbacks, nightmares, severe anxiety, and depression.
Although Floridians may be fairly well educated about the psychological effects of war, most don’t realize that victims of car accidents also experience post-traumatic stress disorder. Medical and technical advances are now proving that PTSD often results from an auto accident. Many individuals that experience traumatic car crashes often have difficulty coping and adjusting to life for a while. Depending on the victim, symptoms may lessen, but they typically get worse for months and even years later. In these cases, it is likely that the person has post-traumatic stress disorder.
Because auto accidents are unexpected and often terrifying, drivers and passengers are more likely to develop PTSD. Car crashes can quickly alter people’s perceptions of their own safety, leaving them feeling highly uncertain in many other areas of their lives. If the car crash survivor has physical injuries that need time and healing, then the emotional trauma may go unseen and untreated. In worse case scenarios, if other victims were killed or more severely injured, the individual may struggle with self-blame and survivor’s guilt.
If someone has experienced PTSD from a car crash, it is vital that he or she seek skilled counseling and consider speaking with a doctor about taking medications that can help with the severe emotional symptoms. Persons involved in Broward County automobile accidents are often left with array of different needs that go unmet, simply because they have not benefited from the right type of support or intervention.
If you were in a car accident and have been injured or developed emotional trauma such as PTSD, it is vital that you seek quality support from a skilled Broward County accident attorney who understands the emotional, medical, financial, and legal issues that are at hand.
Contact the Law Offices of David Benenfeld for a free legal consultation to receive the support you need. Call [number type=”2″] or [number type=”1″].