One of the most common pains that people tend to experience after a car accident is a headache. It could possibly mean that your body is trying to tell you that something is wrong, and you should get checked out at the hospital as soon as possible.
At The Law Place, we have over seventy-five years of collective experience when it comes to assisting clients who have been injured in car accidents throughout the State of Florida. Our law firm has successfully handled car accidents that have resulted in a number of different injuries, such as a head injury, knee injury, chest injury, and much more.
If you were injured in a car accident, then you should get in contact with a personal injury lawyer at The Law Place now. We have the necessary skills and resources to manage your case and win the compensation that you are owed. Do not hesitate to call our office now.
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Headaches and Injuries
It is not unusual to experience a headache after a car accident. However, there are many instances where a headache could be a sign that something else is wrong, such as:
- Neck injuries.
- Blood clot in the brain.
A headache can be mild, but it can also be intense or even debilitating. If you were recently hurt in an auto accident and you are starting to feel persistent headaches, then you should see a doctor as soon as possible.
Types and Symptoms of Headaches After a Car Accident
There are many different types of injuries that can cause headaches following an auto accident, but there are certain injuries that can cause more pain than others.
A post-traumatic headache is caused by trauma to the head and neck during a car accident or other type of traumatic experience. Post-traumatic headaches could possibly be cervicogenic (starting from the neck), post-concussive (starting from the brain as a result of a concussion), muscle contraction or spasm, or pinching the upper cervical (area of the neck), nerve roots and greater occipital (base of the skull) nerve. In most cases, post-traumatic headaches do not show until days or weeks after a car accident.
Post-Concussive Headache (Migraine Headaches)
A concussion is a type of brain injury that is caused by an impact to the head or a violent jolt. A migraine headache related to a concussion is known as a chemical occurrence in the brain, which can cause nausea and sensitivity to light, sound, smells, and movement. Other symptoms include confusion, anxiety, depression, sleep problems, balance problems, dizziness, ringing in the ears, memory loss, irritability, clouded thoughts, and more.
Muscle-Contraction/ Spasm Headaches
One of the most common causes of headaches after a car accident is the result of an injury to the muscles in the neck, head, or upper back. A sudden jolt to the neck and head can injure the soft tissue, which creates a strain or spasm of the muscles. Muscle strain can also lead to tenderness of the affected area, a reduced range of motion, redness, and swelling.
Whiplash is caused by a sudden force on the head and neck. The head is usually forced in a forward and backward motion, and the sudden action can strain the soft tissue. Whiplash headaches are centered in the base of the skull, and they might also cause neck pain, stiffness, dizziness, and fatigue. In most cases, a whiplash headache does not appear for days or weeks after a car accident.
An intense fracture headache is caused by a fractured skull or neck bone. Pain in a fracture headache is often located at the back of the head and neck. A brain injury can also become a factor with a fractured bone, along with continuous headaches. The type and extent of the bone fracture will ultimately determine the severity of the symptoms. Other signs of a fracture headache include confusion, slurred speech, nausea, or a stiff neck.
Occipital Neuralgia Headache (Pinched Nerve)
A car accident can result in the compression of the spine or disc herniation which leads to the punching of the upper cervical (neck) nerve roots or irritation of the occipital nerve (at the base of the skull). A person will feel burning, tenderness, numbness, and tingling from the neck and base of the skull up towards the back of the head when the nerves are compressed.
Treatment for Headaches After a Car Accident
There are many types of treatment plans for headaches, so there is no one treatment that will help every person. A medical professional will be able to work out a specialized treatment plan that is specific to your headache symptoms.
People that feel headaches after a car accident might be able to receive prescription medication that will help to alleviate the headaches. A physician might also require you to take diagnostic imaging, which will clinically correlate the imaging with the symptoms of a headache. Every person’s situation is different, and every case deserves one on one attention. A team of medical professionals will be able to work out a customized treatment plan that will improve your health and wellbeing.
Recovering From a Headache After a Car Accident
Every injury is unique, and the process of recovery will vary depending on the seriousness of the injury after a car accident. A headache can be treated and controlled based on the type of injury sustained in a car accident, and it will reduce the frequency of the headache as the treatment progresses. When the injury heals over time, then the headaches will most likely dissipate.
Sometimes a headache will appear hours, days, or even a week after a car accident. A medical professional will help you to determine the cause of your injury, relieve the pain of the headaches and reduce the possibility of developing a chronic condition. Our law firm will help to take the stress out of the car accident by handling your case while you take the time that you need to recover from your injury.
Why It Is Important to See a Doctor Soon After an Accident
It is not unusual for a headache to show hours, days, or even a week after a car accident has occurred. More often than not, a headache is a symptom of another injury caused by an auto accident. A doctor who has the necessary experience when it comes to determining the source of injuries in car accidents will help you to alleviate the pain from the headache and decrease the chances of developing a chronic condition.
Can I Seek Compensation for a Headache-Related Injury?
If another driver was at fault for the car accident, then you are entitled to seek compensation for your personal injury and other damages.
In most cases, you will need a car accident lawyer to help you in building a personal injury claim. A car accident lawyer will submit your claim to the at-fault party’s insurance company. The claim will require an estimate of your damages and then negotiating with the insurance company involved to reach a favorable settlement. If a car accident lawyer is unable to reach a favorable settlement with the insurance company, then you will always have the option of filing a civil lawsuit and taking the case to court.
A car accident lawyer will help to determine the amount of compensation that you deserve for the injuries and damages that you suffered, along with explaining the process of filing a personal injury claim, negotiating with the insurance companies involved, handling all of the related paperwork, and much more.
What Is the Potential Value of My Car Accident Headache Settlement?
The potential value of your personal injury claim will ultimately depend on the facts and details of your case. A car accident lawyer from The Law Place will calculate the amount of physical, financial, and emotional damages that you sustained and determine an estimated settlement value.
It is not possible to identify the value of an average car accident claim because every injury is different. The best way to determine the amount of compensation that you deserve is to speak with a car accident lawyer from The Law Place. When we evaluate your case, we can provide you with an accurate assessment of the potential value of your claim.
The most common types of compensation that you could be owed include:
- Medical bills (past, present, and future).
- Lost wages and a reduced earning capacity.
- Property damage.
- Pain and suffering.
- Wrongful death.
You could be entitled to recover compensation for all of the above following a car accident. If you are experiencing a headache after a car accident, then you deserve legal representation. Call The Law Place to set up a free consultation now.
What Evidence Do I Need to File a Headache Injury Claim?
A car accident lawyer will have to build a strong case by obtaining evidence to establish who is at fault for the accident and who is liable for your damages. It is a relatively straightforward process to establish fault. However, it can also be a challenge in some cases. Evidence that will help to support your claim includes:
- Photographs and videos from the scene of the accident.
- Reports of the accident.
- Testimonies from witnesses.
- Accident scene reconstruction.
- Opinions from professionals and other specialists.
Contact The Law Place Today!
If you are suffering a persistent headache after a car accident, then you should seek legal counsel with a car accident lawyer as soon as possible. It is not easy to get back on your feet following a car accident, especially if you have sustained a traumatic brain injury or another type of head injury that has caused you to suffer a number of headaches.
At The Law Place, we have over seventy-five years of combined experience and knowledge in fighting for compensation on behalf of clients who have suffered headaches in car accidents all over the State of Florida. Our law firm understands the complicated nature of car accidents and how it can affect the lives of the people involved.
If you are experiencing a headache while you are reading this article, then you should seek medical assistance immediately. You could have suffered a traumatic brain injury or another type of blow to the head, which has led to your headaches. It is important for a medical professional to find the source of your injury and headache so that we have the right medical documents to seek the compensation that you are owed.
If you have any questions in regard to your case, then you should get in touch with us now. Our phone lines are available twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week.
Contact The Law Place on (941) 444-4444 to schedule a free consultation today.