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Should I Seek Treatment for a Headache After My Accident?

Headaches can be a symptom of a concussion or more serious brain injury.

In the moments following a terrifying accident, you may be feeling fortunate if you can’t detect any injuries. Many individuals simply move on from their accidents if they have no immediate medical needs, but over the following days and weeks, injuries can make themselves known. If you or someone you love has begun experiencing headaches after an accident, it’s crucial that you treat this as a serious injury and seek medical attention. Only a licensed physician can assess your condition and determine if your headache is a symptom of something more severe. Headaches are commonly associated with catastrophic injuries like traumatic brain injuries (TBIs).

What Are Catastrophic Injuries?

A catastrophic injury is an injury so serious that it often leaves victims with permanent damage and can require lifelong medical treatment and care. The most common types of catastrophic injuries include brain and spinal cord injuries that can impact the way a person functions mentally and physically. Burns are also considered catastrophic injuries, especially if they require reconstructive surgery or amputation.

When it comes to headaches, many physicians end up diagnosing victims with a concussion or TBI. Other injuries include hematoma, or blood clotting in the brain outside the blood vessels, hemorrhaging, or uncontrolled bleeding in the brain, and skull fractures.

Common Accidents That Can Cause Head Injuries

Individuals can suffer from headaches through virtually any kind of accident, as it’s easy for someone to suffer a blow, bump, or scratch to the head.

Common accidents that can cause headaches and resulting head injuries include:

  • Motor vehicle accidents: Car accidents produce a large number of TBI cases, especially head-on collisions where the front end of two cars crash into one another.
  • Slip and fall accidents: Another common kind of personal injury case, slip and falls can happen on wet pavement, oily floors, on uneven carpeting and stairs, and more. Individuals who hit their heads when they fall can easily acquire a TBI.

Signs of Head Injury

Though headaches are an obvious symptom of an underlying head injury, there are other symptoms to watch out for, especially because they may not appear right away. Victims should closely monitor their symptoms for several days after they’re injured their heads.

Symptoms of a head injury include, besides headaches:

  • Lightheadedness
  • Nausea
  • Ringing in the ears
  • Mild confusion
  • Seizures
  • Memory loss
  • Changes in mood
  • Loss of muscle control
  • Inability to focus the eyes
  • Vomiting

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At Belushin Law Firm, P.C., our personal injury attorneys don’t view our clients as case numbers. Each client is unique and has their own concerns and issues, which is why our team applies a personalized touch to each case we take on. We also strive to be available to answer our clients’ questions whenever they have them, day and night. Their needs are of the utmost importance to us, which is why we also work on a contingency fee basis. Because you’re already facing financial woes from treating your injuries, you don’t need to worry about legal fees unless we win.

Call our caring and professional legal team at (888) 918-9890, or contact us online for a consultation if you’ve been injured in an accident. Even if you don’t believe your injuries to be serious, they can become worse over time. We can pursue justice.