Often, someone can walk away from a Broward County car accident without even one scratch on their body. Looks are deceiving.

Regardless of the lack of physical injury sustained in an auto accident, many victims often suffer emotional and psychological trauma that can be debilitating. Individuals frequently express valid symptoms of depression, anxiety, and memory loss. Without having to wait for an autopsy, scientists are now able to view live detailed brain scans that reveal remarkable findings that reveal how the brain is affected by car accidents.

      Psychological Trauma Symptoms

  • Shock, anger, guilt, sadness, numbness, mood swings
  • Insomnia, nightmares, fatigue, muscle tension, easily startled
  • Confusion, inability to concentrate, forgetfulness, disturbing memories, flashbacks

Emotional and psychological problems resulting from an auto accident are not imagined or exaggerated. Scientific research reveals there is proof to show the debilitating emotional trauma from car crashes.

Brain Scan Findings Reveal Psychological Trauma

Surviving a car accident can be a life-changing event that causes major trauma to the brain. Auto accidents are reported as the major cause of serious injury within the United States.

The brain is commonly divided into 3 parts:

  1. Limbic-located in center part of brain, where emotions evolve
  2. Cortex- located in frontal and outer areas, controls higher thinking skills
  3. Stem-located at the base, controlling basic survival functions

Brain scans reveal that when an individual is involved in a car accident, the trauma can actually change the function and structure of the brain that affect psychological stability.  Scientific findings explain that car accident survivors often display emotional, social, learning, and developmental problems. Overall, the problems that typically evolve are similar to individuals diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

It’s important to understand that the severity of the symptoms depends on how the individual experienced the accident. Everyone experiences and displays stress in a different way.

Common Effects of Emotional Trauma

  • Substance abuse
  • Self destructive and impulsive
  • Obsessive-compulsive behavior
  • Unhealthy professional and lifestyle choices
  • Difficulty maintaining close relationships with others
  • Sexual problems

If you have been involved in an auto accident in South Florida, chances are you sustained psychological and emotional injuries from a life-threatening experience. In a worse case scenario, you may have a friend or loved one who has suffered serious psychological effects from a car crash. It is important to talk with an experienced South Florida auto accident attorney who understands the emotional injuries sustained from accidents. Your attorney can help you prepare your paperwork to get the results you are looking for.

Contact the Law Offices of David Benenfeld to find out what your legal rights are and how to receive help. Call: [number type=”2″] or [number type=”1″] to meet with a skilled Broward County auto accident attorney.