Most people assume that the injuries you sustain at the moment of a car crash are all you need to worry about. That is not the case. The Daytona Beach and Palm Coast, FL lawyers of Chanfrau & Chanfrau have worked on many lawsuits for auto accidents resulting in lingering pain and other injuries.
We would like to take a moment to consider lingering or delayed headaches after an motor vehicle crash has occurred. We’ll note some symptoms and what conditions they may be linked to. We encourage you to discuss your case with us in more detail during a legal consultation.
Post-Crash Pain Must Be Taken Seriously
Just because you may feel fine a few hours after a collision doesn’t mean you’re totally in the clear. It’s not uncommon for headaches, neck pain, or other kinds of problems to set in hours or days after a crash.
If you notice any pain or discomfort in the days following a collision, it’s crucial that you have this checked out by a doctor as soon as possible. Getting early treatment for a medical problem is always the best policy.
Signs and Symptoms of Post-Traumatic Headaches
You may be suffering from a post-traumatic headache if you notice any of the following after your crash:
- Dull pain in your head or neck
- Tension or tightness around the temples
- Tenderness or sensitivity of the scalp and forehead
- Earaches and jaw joint pain
- Light sensitivity
- Ringing in the ears (tinnitus)
How Long Do Post-Traumatic Headaches Last?
Some people may experience headaches after a car accident for weeks or even months. The headaches may linger for a few minutes to a few hours. When these headaches occur more than 15 times a month, they are considered chronic.
You can imagine just how serious this issue can be for people who thought that they were fully recovered after an accident.
Concussions and Other Traumatic Brain Injuries
It’s also important to note that recurring headaches could be a symptom of a traumatic brain injury (TBI). People who suffer a concussion or other kinds of TBI may have lingering headaches and pain for several weeks or months accompanied by other symptoms. The scary part is that you are more prone to have another concussion if your previous concussion isn’t properly addressed by medical professionals.
Whiplash and Other Neck Injuries
In addition to TBIs, headaches can also be a sign that you’ve suffered whiplash or other kinds of neck injuries. This is particularly true if you notice headaches originating or centered around the back of the head or base of the skull accompanied by pain of the neck, shoulders, and upper back.
Speak with Your General Practitioner ASAP
We will restate again that it is crucial to contact a doctor about any lingering pain you experience after an auto collision. After getting the medial attention you need, you can speak with an attorney about seeking damages from a negligent party who caused the crash and your injuries. These damages will cover medical bills and other losses associated with the collision.
Learn More About Car Accident Lawsuits
For more information about your legal options following a car crash, we encourage you to contact our team of auto accident lawyers. You can reach the law firm of Chanfrau & Chanfrau in Daytona Beach at (386) 258-7313 and in Palm Coast at (386) 439-7760.