What To Do If You Have Headaches After A Car Accident
If you have recently been in a car accident and subsequently developed headaches, you should seek medical advice and evaluation immediately if you have not already done so. Headaches are a symptom of some serious and life-threatening head and neck injuries, therefore time is of the essence. A car accident can be traumatic on the body, even if the car accident was only a minor one. In response to the emotional impact of an accident, bodies can produce an increased amount of adrenaline. According to Medical News Today, this adrenaline rush can have several effects including the following:
- Decreasing our bodies’ ability to feel pain
- Temporarily increasing our strength
- Increasing our ability to mentally focus
If you experienced a headache following a car accident, you may have the right to receive compensation for your injuries and losses. Contact our experienced personal injury attorneys today at Fletcher Law Office at (816) 631-2868 for a free evaluation of your car accident case.
Types and Causes of Headaches from Car Accidents
In many cases, it can be challenging for a medical professional to determine what exactly is causing your headache after a car accident. There can be a variety of serious head injuries that could potentially cause headaches. Some of the causes of headaches after a car accident can include:
According to the Mayo Clinic, whiplash is typically caused by a rapid back-and-forth motion of the neck that can occur in car accidents, particularly with rear-end crashes. While whiplash is sometimes a minor injury and can resolve on its own with adequate rest and treatment, some cases of whiplash can be severe and long-lasting. Other symptoms of whiplash, apart from a headache, can include neck stiffness, loss of range of neck motion, tingling and numbness in arms, and others.
According to the United States National Library of Medicine, a post-traumatic headache may not appear for several days, or even weeks, after a car accident, and is usually caused by trauma to the neck and head. Post-traumatic headache is classified as chronic if it lasts for more than two months after an accident. These types of headaches can originate in the neck or the brain as a result of concussion. Chronic post-traumatic headaches can also be a symptom of traumatic brain injury (TBI).
Muscle-Spasm or Muscle Contraction Headache
This type of headache can occur if the muscles of the head or neck are injured and tightened after a car accident. Muscle-spasm headaches can come with a reduced range of motion as well as swelling. While not necessarily a serious condition in itself, if this type of headache is particularly painful and long-lasting, you should consult a doctor in order to rule out other serious conditions.
Headache Due to a Skull Fracture
Perhaps one of the most serious injuries a car accident victim can suffer is a fractured skull. Symptoms of a fractured skull can be an intense and persistent headache, a lump or dent on the head, confusion, dizziness, and loss of consciousness, among others. A fractured skull can be a life-threatening condition requiring emergency medical treatment.
Headache from a Pinched Nerve
Also called “Occipital Neuralgia Headache,” a pinched nerve after a car accident can cause headaches that originate in the neck area. The pain from a compressed nerve can travel up the back of the head. There may also be other symptoms such as pain, numbness, and tingling near the base of the skull.
Car accidents can cause concussion injuries and associated headaches. Post-concussion headaches may feel like migraines or tension headaches. Other symptoms pointing to a post-concussion headache can be nausea, confusion, light and sound sensitivity, balance problems, insomnia, and others. While symptoms typically go away within a few months, post-concussion headaches can persist for a year or more in some patients.
Steps To Take If You Have a Headache After A Car Accident
If you suffered headaches after a car accident, consider taking the following steps.
Seek Medical Evaluation
It can be difficult to know whether your headache is harmless or in fact the symptom of a traumatic brain injury. Therefore, if you experienced a car accident, you should see a doctor or medical professional right away, even if you are not yet suffering from any major symptoms. A doctor can provide a comprehensive evaluation to ensure that there are no additional serious injuries present. Additionally, if you have already received a medical evaluation, but begin to experience additional symptoms or a worsening of symptoms you should always return to your healthcare provider for another evaluation.
Learn Your Legal Rights
After seeking medical evaluation and treatment for your headache, you should consider visiting with an experienced car accident attorney to determine if you have the legal right to receive compensation for your injuries and losses if someone else was responsible for your car accident. In order to pursue justice and compensation, you will need a medical report from your healthcare provider stating any injuries you suffered in an accident. For the sake of your health as well as for preserving your legal rights, seeking medical advice can be absolutely critical.
Learn more about your legal rights by visiting with an experienced personal injury attorney, who can determine whether you have a claim and could recover compensation for any medical bills, pain and suffering, and other losses. Call us for a free consultation today at Fletcher Law Office today at (816) 631-2868 to ensure your legal rights remain protected.
Learn How You Can Receive Compensation For Your Headaches After a Car Accident
If another driver’s negligence or recklessness caused your car accident and your injuries, you have the right to pursue justice as well as compensation. Severe persistent headaches can be debilitating and potentially cause loss of income as well as a severe loss of life quality. Head injuries from a car crash can also result in financial hardship for victim, as well as their families.
Unfortunately, in some cases, it can be difficult to get a full and fair settlement offer from an insurance company. An experienced car accident attorney can help you potentially recover compensation for your medical bills, hospital stays, property damage, lost wages, out-of-pocket expenses, psychological distress, and pain and suffering. Consider visiting with an experienced car accident attorney today at Fletcher Law Office at (816) 631-2868 for a free, no-obligation consultation to learn more about your legal rights.