Headaches are one of the most common ways a car crash victim is affected, yet they aren’t talked about nearly as frequently as many other types of injuries. We’ll discuss how to address headaches from a claims perspective with the goal of educating and helping you protect your rights.
In this article , we’ll cover….
What Typically Causes Headaches After a Car Accident?
What are the Different Types of Headaches?
Why You Should Always Document Your Headaches
How to Document Your Headache
What is the Value of My Headache Pain and Suffering?)
Let’s get started...
There are a lot of different things that can lead you to get a headache and determining exactly what caused it can be tricky.
Here are some of the main reasons why you might be experiencing post-accident headaches .
There are many different types of injuries that can cause headaches after an accident. These headaches tend to manifest in the following forms:
Post-Traumatic Headaches - typically caused by trauma to the head and neck during a car accident, the symptoms of a post-traumatic headache won’t normally appear until a few days or weeks have passed.
Post-Concussive Headaches or Migraines - Migraine headaches are often associated with concussions and tend to come hand in hand with nausea (or vomiting) and light sensitivity. If the migraine is bad enough the symptoms can include confusion, dizziness, memory loss and even more severe symptoms.
Muscle-Contraction/Spasm Headaches - Injured muscles in the upper back or neck are a common cause of post-accident headaches. Along with headaches, reduced range of motion, stiffness, and swelling are common symptoms as well.
Whiplash Headaches - Whiplash is where your head is violently thrust too far forward or backward and often results in soft tissue injury. The resulting headaches of whiplash are often located near the base of the skull, and may be accompanied by neck pain or stiffness, and fatigue.
For some people, headaches will begin immediately following an accident, for others there can be a bit of a delayed onset. The most important thing is to quickly get in to see a doctor.
Seeing a doctor has two benefits:
Keeping detailed documentation of any injury after a car accident is a good idea, but this is particularly true when it comes to headaches. A headache is not as objective as say a broken arm -- so the more documentation you have the better.
We recommend that people keep a headache diary where you should:
Doing this you’ll likely see some patterns in your headaches and while this may sound like a hassle, it can really pay off in terms of your claim.
You also want to be sure to take note of any times when a headache is impairing your ability to function day to day, go to work, etc.
As with all types of injury claims, the more timely a manner in which you report it the better. If you notice a few months after your accident that you are getting a lot of headaches it doesn’t mean you can’t file a claim but it may be harder to substantiate it.
Determining the value of your headache claim is going to depend on a handful of different factors. Some of these factors are:
The economic damages such as medical bills are easy to pin down but the pain and suffering can a little bit more difficult. If you feel uncertain you can always seek the advice of an attorney.
Headaches caused by car accidents can be serious, painful, and debilitating. Because they are kind of a “normal” symptom they can get overlooked at times -- if you’ve recently been in an accident make sure this doesn’t happen to you.
Just be sure to remember that:
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