Headaches are a commonly reported symptom of injuries after a car accident. In some cases, crash injuries can cause significant, chronic headaches. As a crash victim, you should seek a medical assessment of and treatment for your migraines. You can recover compensation for medical care and treatment through an insurance claim or personal injury lawsuit.
An Atlanta car accident lawyer can help you understand your rights and pursue compensation based on your migraines and other injuries. Getting money for your care, income losses, pain, and other damages may be possible. Most personal injury law firms provide free consultations to assess these cases for crash victims.
Car Accidents Can Cause Migraines and Other Types of Headaches
It is not unusual for a traumatic, stressful event to cause tension headaches or trigger migraines. While many people consider migraines a bad headache and often use the terms interchangeably, migraines are a separate diagnosis of a specific type of headache.
Generally, migraines recur regularly and could include:
- Throbbing pain, often only on one side of the head
- Pain that worsens when you move
- Extreme sensitivity to light and noise
- Nausea and/or vomiting
- Double vision or other visual disturbances
- Sensitivity to light and sound
- Trouble concentrating
- Migraines may present with one or a combination
If you have been in a collision, you may assume the stress from the crash is causing your initial headache. However, you should see a doctor who can clear you of more serious injuries. A severe headache could be a sign of a more significant injury, such as a skull fracture, traumatic brain injury, or a pinched nerve.
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What Types of Injuries Cause Significant Car Accident Headaches?
Several injuries can cause constant headaches or migraines after a crash. This could include head injuries, brain injuries, or neck injuries. Whiplash, for example, can cause severe headaches. This soft tissue injury to the neck and shoulders can heal over the first few weeks after a crash or become a chronic, debilitating injury.
Concussions can cause headaches, too. Any direct hit to the head or impact that jars the brain inside the skull could cause a concussion. Serious auto accidents, motorcycle accidents, truck crashes, bicycle versus car collisions, and other violent collisions can lead to traumatic brain injuries. These serious concussions could have lasting damage.
Occipital neuralgia is a condition where a herniated disc pinches the occipital nerve, which lies at the base of the skull. This can cause serious headaches and other neurological symptoms without treatment.
Can I Recover Compensation If a Car Crash Caused My Migraines?
Most states, including Georgia, allow crash victims to hold the at-fault drivers legally responsible for the harm they suffered. They can file an insurance claim or lawsuit to get money for their accident injuries, expenses, and losses. This could include any crash-related symptoms or wounds that require medical attention, including migraines. For example, you can sue for a whiplash injury after a car accident.
You will need strong evidence that links your symptoms to your crash. This is often easier for fractures and dislocations than it is for painful symptoms such as inflammation, limited range of motion, soft tissue injuries, or chronic headaches. You may need relevant medical records, expert witnesses, and other documentation.
Recoverable Damages From a Car Accident
When an attorney handles these cases, we identify, document, and value the client’s possible settlement range based on their injuries. Each case is different, so we must navigate this process on a case-by-case basis. The damages we frequently recover for car accident victims include:
- Current and future medical treatment and care costs
- Current and future income losses
- Diminished ability to earn if there are ongoing symptoms and injuries
- Car repair or replacement
- Miscellaneous expenses
- Pain and suffering damages
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ow Can a Car Accident Lawyer Help Me Get Money for My Migraines?
When a car accident lawyer takes on a case, they fight for victims and families. They develop a compelling case to tell what happened and how the at-fault party caused the collision, injuries, and costs. Then, they pursue fair compensation for their client by holding the at-fault driver accountable.
When you work with an attorney on your car crash case, you trust them to manage your legal case while focusing on healing from your injuries. Most provide complimentary consultations so you can ensure they are a good fit for you before signing a contract. They also generally work based on contingency fees. This means you will:
- Not pay anything up front
- Not need to track hourly fees
- Not pay any attorney’s fees unless your lawyer wins the case
- Only pay the law firm from the money they recover for you
our Lawyer Can Resolve Your Case With an Insurance Settlement or Lawsuit
While you continue your treatment and physical recovery, your car accident attorney will manage your claim. They will protect your right to a fair payout by handling all communication with the auto insurance companies and negotiating a settlement.
Many of these cases end without needing a lawsuit, and very few go to a jury trial. However, your attorney will prepare and file a lawsuit, when necessary, based on the circumstances. Some insurance carriers refuse to pay fair compensation for migraines or other chronic, debilitating symptoms from a collision. Taking the case before a jury might be the only way to get the money you deserve.
Each state sets a deadline for how long you can wait to sue. In Georgia, this is generally two years from the accident date, per O.C.G.A. § 9-3-33.
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