You should immediately notify your doctor when you experience any symptoms or injuries following a car accident, and head pain is no different.
After being involved in a car accident, it is not uncommon to experience headaches. Headaches very commonly accompany whiplash injuries or a blow to the head, both of which can occur very easily in a car crash. You should know a little more about what to do if you begin experiencing headaches after recently being involved in an accident.
Seek Medical Attention
Headaches can either immediately follow an accident or can take hours or even days to develop after the accident. You should immediately notify your doctor when you experience any symptoms or injuries following an accident, and head pain is no different. You want to make sure that you describe every symptom to your doctor. Undiagnosed brain injuries or whiplash could be serious and traumatic brain injuries could cause permanent disability. But also remember that reporting every symptom and injury and having a record of it will protect your legal claim if you choose to file one. The problem with delaying seeking medical care is that it gives insurance companies or lawyers for the other parties involved in the accident a chance to make the claim that there was another cause for your injuries. Taking immediate action, is best for your health and for the strength of your injury claim.
Like all injuries after an accident, you should make sure to keep a record of all of your symptoms. Again, keeping a thorough record of all of the symptoms you experience relating to your head injury will be good documentation supporting your claim, but it will also help doctors to determine what treatment to prescribe. The better care that doctors can prescribe, the sooner you will be able to get back to your normal life.
When keeping written records, you should be very specific. Include the date and time you begin noticing head pain, the duration of your headaches, the intensity of the pain, and if there are any elements that make them either better or worse.
Insurance companies are bound to downplay your symptoms and injuries in order to get out of being accountable for the full extent of your injuries. The compensation that you receive is dependent on your medical bills and also on how extensively the injuries have affected your life. So, keeping a headache diary will help to show how the headaches are impacting your life, how severe they are, and the amount of pain and suffering you are experiencing on account of your head pain. You should also record the activities that your headaches prevent you from participating in, how if affects your work, your family, and what modifications you need in order to perform regular activities. These records will be crucial to your case.
What is The Value of Your Claim?
When determining the value of an injury claim having to do with headaches, there are several factors to consider.
- The amount of pain and suffering you experience
- Medical expenses for all of your injuries
- Loss of income due to days spent recovering or away from work due to your head pain
- The loss of enjoyment of life that results from your persistent headaches. This may include hobbies that you cannot enjoy, spending time with your family, and any other activities that are affected by your headaches.
Knowing what to do and how to protect your case is important. You should discuss your case with an experienced Missouri car accident attorney if you plan to pursue damages. Your attorney can advise you regarding other actions you should take to protect your case and what else you should expect.
The Hoffmann Law Firm, L.L.C. can help you do this. Call us today at (314) 361-4242 for a free and private consultation.
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