Headaches are one of the most common, and among the most disabling, injuries people experience after car accidents.
Victims of car accidents often suffer from post-traumatic headaches. Sometimes these headaches persist for weeks and months.
If you or a loved one have been involved in an auto accident in Chicago and now suffer from persistent headaches, Willens Law Offices will help you understand your legal rights and options.
Headaches are one of the most common, and among the most disabling, injuries people experience after car accidents. The headaches that people experience after an auto accident are known as post-traumatic headaches, because they start after a traumatic event such as a car crash. The victim can start experiencing these headaches immediately after the crash, or they may begin hours or even days after the crash as the brain undergoes some changes following the trauma.
It is important to note that the severity of the crash does not always determine the severity of the headache. Even relatively low impact crashes can cause severe headaches. Some of the factors that can affect the severity of symptoms include the head position at the time of crash, gender, age, and past history of brain injury or concussion.
Post-traumatic headaches may be intermittent or constant. If it occurs 15 or more days a month for three months, they are considered chronic headaches. In case they occur fewer than 15 times a month they are considered episodic headaches.
Car Accidents as a Cause of Headaches
A blow to the head or violent shaking of the brain even without a head trauma can cause post traumatic headaches. These headaches can also occur after rear end collision in which the victim’s neck and head is violently shaken back and forth (whiplash).
Some headaches are mild and resolve on their own without any lasting side effects. However, they can be a sign of something more serious such as a concussion, closed head injury or a traumatic brain injury. So, it is important to seek immediate medical attention even if you think your headache is no serious matter. Here are some signs that may indicate a head or brain injury:
- Dull, aching pain
- Sensation of pressure or tightness across the forehead, or on the back or sides of head
- Loss of appetite
- Tenderness on the scalp, shoulder muscles, and neck
- Dizziness and nausea
- Loss of consciousness
- Mood swings and changes in personality
It is the tendency of doctors and lawyers to focus on obvious injuries such as broken limbs, and neck and back injuries. Headaches are often ignored unless they are specifically reported to the doctor. The first line of treatment is usually medication. Treatment of other underlying injuries may also help ease headaches.
Your Legal Rights and Options
Each car accident, person, and injury is different. When making a claim, it is typically easier to recover compensation for injuries such as broken bones, lacerations and back injuries. It is often difficult to prove that headaches are related to your car accident trauma, regardless of how troublesome they might be. At Willens Law Offices, we will help you with your Chicago car accident claim.
We know that an injury case has the potential to take over a person’s life, making it difficult to move forward. Our award-winning team of attorneys and staff want to help people take control of their situation so they can focus on what matters most — getting back on track. Call us today at (312) 957-4166 or fill out our online contact form.