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Chronic Headaches from Car Accidents

Written by Jared Staver

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Jared Staver is a Personal Injury Lawyer based in Chicago, Illinois and has been practicing law for over 20 years.

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CATEGORY: Auto Accidents, Personal Injury


If you are suffering from headaches in the aftermath of a car accident, you are not alone. Studies show that 50 percent of individuals report head pains after being discharged from the hospital in auto accident cases. Even one year later, a third of the same study group continue to complain of recurrent headaches.

Unfortunately, a post-traumatic headache is a common result of serious car accidents. Debilitating pain can happen with both high-impact and low-impact crashes. In fact, any impact to the head region — such as hitting the temple or forehead on the steering wheel, dashboard, window, or other solid surfaces — can trigger intense side effects.

If you’ve been in an accident and now are experiencing chronic headaches, you may have a claim for compensation of your injuries. A firm of experienced attorneys can explain your options and help you pursue a claim.

Why Do Chronic Headaches Occur?

Headaches following a car accident may be caused by different types of damage, including, but not limited to:

  • Muscle tension
  • Nerve damage
  • Vein/artery constriction
  • Neck weakness
  • Skull fracture
  • Lacerations
  • Concussion

Any of the impairments above, as well as other contributing injuries, can be the source of your chronic headaches. The duration of head pains also varies depending on the individual. While some people only experience occasional pain for a few months, others feel discomfort constantly. However, if your headaches strike more than 15 days a month for at least three months, most likely you have a chronic medical condition at hand and should seek professional help immediately.

Living with Chronic Pain

You might want to consult with a physical therapist if you’re experiencing typical tension or periodic headaches following an accident. Working with a professional can help relieve muscle tension at the neck and back of the head to improve blood flow and reduce pain. Alternative medicine such as acupuncture can also do the same. In addition, some patients have found that regular exercise, especially swimming, will facilitate muscle movement and lead to quicker recovery periods.

Dealing with migraine or cluster headaches can be more difficult. You might want to discuss medication options with your doctor. Don’t solely rely on over-the-counter painkillers such as Tylenol because taking extensive amounts of them can result in organ damage, increased head pain, and other unwanted side effects. Your doctor will determine the best approach in your case, and prescribe the appropriate medication to alleviate your chronic headaches.

The cost of extensive physical therapy sessions, x-ray scans, doctor visits, and medical treatment plans can accumulate rapidly. Even with insurance coverage, the final sum you’re asked to pay can be exorbitant. You are probably already feeling overwhelmed by day-to-day pain management. At the Staver Accident Injury Lawyers, P.C., our attorneys want to help take the additional burden of financial stress off your back.

If someone else’s negligent or reckless driving caused your accident and resulting chronic pain, we will work hard to obtain the maximum possible compensation for your injuries and expenses. Our team of Chicago personal injury lawyers is dedicated to your physical, mental, and financial recovery. You can let us handle the paperwork, legal forms, and insurance adjusters while you focus on getting better.

After collecting the necessary documents to establish liability, we will then work on negotiating a fair settlement. Unless you receive monetary compensation, we will not charge any fees. Please consult with the attorneys at Staver Accident Injury Lawyers, P.C. today at (312) 236-2900 for a free overview of your legal options.

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