After a car accident, some victims report headaches. In fact, some studies have shown that 50 percent of individuals with headaches after an accident have been discharged from hospitals. Sometimes, even a year after the accident, that same group will complain of recurrent, chronic headache issues. Headaches are often the most common result of a serious motor vehicle collision. This pain can be so debilitating it affects a person’s lifestyle. Chronic headaches are not just for high-impact collisions either – they occur equally in low-impact crashes. That is because any trauma to the brain can lead to intense headaches and other side effects.
It is important for those who do suffer from chronic headaches to speak with an attorney that specializes in car accident claims. These chronic headaches are often something an insurance claims adjuster will attempt to dispute. With an attorney, you can explore your options and pursue a claim.
Why Victims Can Suffer from Chronic Headaches
Headaches after an accident can occur for a variety of reasons, including:
- Nerve damage
- Muscle injury
- Artery constriction
- Neck injuries
- Skull fractures
- Other brain injuries
The source of chronic headaches is not always readily identified for victims. Also, the duration of a person’s headaches can vary depending on their pain tolerance and the severity of their injuries. Some people will have pain for a few months while others will have chronic headache issues the rest of their lives. If headaches occur more than 15 days per month, however, and continue for three months, a person is likely to have developed a chronic headache condition and should seek professional medical attention as soon as possible.
Living with Chronic Headaches
It is best that accident victims consult with medical professionals to find a way to cope and live with their chronic headache issues. Sometimes a physical therapist may be used to help relieve tension at the neck and back and help improve blood flow to the brain – which could reduce pain. Also, some alternative medicine procedures – such as acupuncture – have been shown to relieve chronic headache issues as well as certain forms of exercise that facilitate muscle movement.
Those dealing with chronic migraines or cluster headaches may not find relief as quickly. Instead, medication may be required to manage the pain.
The costs of medical treatments, x-rays, MRIs, physician appointments and even physical therapy treatments can become extensive – and these costs will rapidly accumulate. Those suffering from these chronic headaches may feel overwhelmed with not only the pain, but the growing costs of treating their pain. Malman Law wants to help take away some of that burden and seek ways to relieve the financial stresses.
If someone’s negligence led to your chronic headaches, speak with our car accident attorneys today during a free consultation. You can schedule your appointment by calling 888-305-5043 or by filling out an online contact form and an attorney will be in touch with you shortly.