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Headache After Car Accident


Headaches after a car accident may accompany visual disturbance, vertigo, nausea, and dizziness.

Car accidents can cause injuries, property damage, stress, and interruptions. Some car accidents can leave you with a severe headache that refuses to go away.  When you develop a headache after a car accident, you should try to find the exact cause. Here are some things that might be responsible for your headache.

St. Louis man with severe headache after car accident
The Hoffmann Law Firm, L.L.C.
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Watch this lawyer in action. Was way better than all the others. Get this lawyer for an automobile accident for sure.
Response from the owner: Thanks for the recommendation. Besides doing cases, our attorneys train for this. Hard work, case knowledge and technique is key to success in car accident litigation.
Very pleased with The Hoffmann Law Firm. Lawyers are attentive, friendly and go the distance to force the settlement you want. The TV lawyers recommend low offers. This law firm gets the maximum.
Response from the owner: We get calls from car accident victims that had to fire the TV lawyers that they hired. They give the same two reasons: 1) they never spoke to a lawyer at the Big TV law firms, only a paralegal, and 2) the paralegal recommended they accept a low offer. At our law firm, you only talk to the lawyer and if an offer is low we tell you to sue. Thanks!
You will love this car accident lawyer.
Response from the owner: You are the best! Thanks for the review. Our attorneys work hard but it all starts with a great client.
Several lawyers said to call this lawyer because he is the best. You will appreciate this law firm. Helped with the injury and property claims. Attentive and knowledgeable. Great reputation in St Louis.
Response from the owner: Thanks Lexi. Our #1 source of cases is other lawyers referring us cases that are too big for them to handle.
Would use this accident law firm. Best in Saint Louis. Highly rated and it shows. After one phone call, you just know this attorney is better. 5 Stars!!
Response from the owner: Thanks for recommending our lawyers in St Louis. There is a major difference in lawyers as you well know.
Great law firm thanks Leah for the referral
Response from the owner: Appreciate you recommending our law firm. Car accident litigation is all we do and specializing allows us to focus.
Car accident lawyers on tv are not good . Get this attorney ! He is a pro !!
Response from the owner: Thanks Nathan. TV lawyers market for car accidents, use paralegals instead of lawyers and give their employees settlement quotas hence forcing cheap settlements. At our law firm, you get a lawyer who keeps pushing forward for more.
A+ attorney. Smart. Helpful. Great for automobile accident cases. Located in saint louis, missouri. Use him!
Response from the owner: Thanks. Car accident cases are difficult without the right attorney and great clients. Much appreciated.
Quality lawyer. Best law firm for a car accident. Advice was way better than other lawyers I called in St. Louis. Helped with property and injury.
Response from the owner: Thanks. The TV lawyer advertisers are just car accident settlement mills. As soon as people call a real attorney, they always tell us how much better and more helpful we were. Appreciate this.
Get this lawyer if you have an automobile accident. Simply the best!
Response from the owner: Thanks Lizzy. Recommendations from other is the best way to find a car accident attorney.
This lawyer is big time. Smooth. The other lawyers on the other side were not nearly as good as this attorney. I recommend friends in St Louis to him for accident injuries and they all say the same thing…”that lawyer is great.”
Response from the owner: Very nice of you to say. Our lawyers work hard on auto accident cases.
Family used this car accident attorney after a crash. Located in St Louis. This lawyer answers the phone and will walk you through the process. Knows his stuff!
Response from the owner: Taking calls, going over the car accident injury and property process is important. Clients that call always say we are the only lawyers that explained everything. Much appreciated.
Tried the lawyers on TV. They were not good. Hired this car accident lawyer instead because he had great reviews. The reviews are correct. This attorney is as good as they get. He does big injury cases that need to be litigated.
Response from the owner: Car accident lawyers on TV do not litigate cases. It is mass production. They have quotas. Local attorneys are best on auto accidents.
Very very good at injury claims for car wrecks. Use this St Louis attorney. Two thumbs up!
Response from the owner: Thanks for the review! All we do is accidents. When you specialize, your knowledge base and practice skills grow. Thanks!
Used this attorney for an auto accident. Highly recommend this lawyer in St. Louis. Communicates well.
Response from the owner: Communicating with clients is essential. Taking the client though the car accident claims process is important otherwise major mistakes can occur. It is an effort that we make. Thanks!
Best for car accidents in St Louis. Use this attorney.
Response from the owner: Thanks. Great clients make for great cases!
This lawyer is great for car accident injury claims. Did an uninsured motorist case. Very good attorney.
Response from the owner: Car accidents can be insured or uninsured. The claims are much different. Thanks for the review.
Great lawyer if you are in an auto accident. I recommend this attorneys office.
Response from the owner: Thanks J. Glad we got your auto accident case completed and that for telling others about our lawyers.
Very good car accident attorney. Did my and my relatives claims and paperwork. Highly recommend.
Response from the owner: Thanks for recommending our law firm on car accident cases.
Fantastic law firm, I would recommend! Received free consultation related to an auto accident when my parked car was damaged by a baseball. Very supportive advice, these guys are good!
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Recommend this attorney for auto accidents.
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Best St Louis lawyer for car accidents.
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Great Lawyer!!
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I was in a car accident in St.Louis and hired Chris as my lawyer. He was amazing!!! He helped me every step of the way and was able to get me a great settlement!!!Highly, highly, highly recommend him!
Response from the owner: Each step is important in a car accident. Thanks for recommending us for car accidents injury claims.
If you have an auto accident and need an attorney in St Louis, I recommend Mr Hoffmann.
Response from the owner: Appreciate this James and you did great as well. Car accident claims always start with a good client.
Great car accident lawyer. Did a very good job on my injury case. Thanks!
Response from the owner: Thanks. Appreciate the compliment. All we do is car accident litigation.
Very accomplished accident attorney in Saint Louis. 5 stars for sure!
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A car accident lawyer I would recommend to anyone.
Response from the owner: Thanks. That is great of you to say about our lawyers.
Great car accident attorney!!
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When I had my accident he was very professional, honest and caring to me and my family it wasn't about the money it was about the care, he made sure me and my kids were took care of and I really appreciate it this is a gexcellant law firm also his secretary is the best,so I would like to say thank you chris for everything melinda .
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Great car accident lawyer in St. Louis. This is a very good car accident lawyer in St. Lious. Takes phone calls. Listens. Experienced in injury litigation.
Response from the owner: Thanks Maddie. Our law firm brings experience to the table on car accident cases.
Great people, helped me through a situation over the phone. His words and advice eventually helped me in my case.
Response from the owner: Glad to hear!
Although Mr. Hoffman did not represent me in my case he was willing to take the time to get me in touch with someone who specializes in the type of incident I needed legal representation with. Attorney's such as Mr. Hoffman are difficult to find. He took personal time to keep in touch with me and give me sound legal advice and guidance. I highly recommend speaking with Mr. Hoffman if you require his services. I truly believe he is the type of person who cares and will make sure the job gets done RIGHT. Do not hesitate to contact him
Response from the owner: Anytime!
In an auto accident in St. Louis, the other car pulled out and hit us. The collision was very bad. We were all injured and used this attorney. He is very experienced in handling injury claims and got a great settlement after filing a lawsuit for us. 5 Stars!
Response from the owner: Thanks Ms. Santoni. Side impact car accidents are some of the worst our lawyers see. We have to file lawsuits on nearly every case because insurance companies deny almost every claim, but I am glad we got yours resolved. I appreciate you recommending our lawyers and giving us a 5 Star rating.
My daughter and I were in an car accident. We for both injured badly. After I finally got out of the hospital, I started looking for lawyers in Saint Louis and found this attorney who does accident and injury claims. It said their attorney would answer 24 hours a day. I called their law firm at 10 p.m. and a injury lawyer answered. He was polite, knowledgeable, and advised me of what needed to be done for myself and my daughter regarding the car accident. I hired them to do or auto accident case. They kept me well informed during the car accident case in Saint Louis County Court. I was well prepared for depositions. He help with everything. I got a good settlement as did my daughter for our injuries. Although the car accident was scary, it was bearable having a good helpful attorney on our side. I highly recommend this Saint Louis car accident law firm. Their attorneys and lawyers are great. Highly recommended
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The Chris Hoffman law firm takesgreat care of all my legal needs. They are caring and personal and will fight for what you need. I highly recommend them. You will be very satisfied and know he got you the best deal available.
Response from the owner: Great cleints are the start to pursuing any legal case and you are the best! Thanks for the recommendation Barbara!
A true professional in terms of car accident cases. I definitely recommend this lawyer for any injury after a St. Louis accident. Very good at what these attorneys do!
Response from the owner: Thank you very much for such a great review. Our attorneys work hard at providing great service. Car accident cases are fought by insurance companies from the property damage through the personal injury claim. This forces people to get local lawyers to do their claims. Missouri and Saint Louis, in particular, is known for accident claim denial even against your own insurance carrier. Thanks again!
You will not find better attorneys for a car accident in St. Louis. Very experienced. These attorneys know all the facets of an accident case and have great advice when problems come up during the injury claim.
Response from the owner: Thanks Jack. Our attorneys appreciate a great review like this. It helps car accident victims know who are the real lawyers in St. Louis who do this work versus the mere advertisers who refer victims to lawyers they have never met for a kickback. Much appreciated!
Thanks for helping with my car accident case. These lawyers are best in St. Louis.
Response from the owner: You are welcome and thanks for the review! A lot of car accident victims read these and find it helpful in choosing a lawyer for their case. Great cases always start with great clients!
great lawyer for auto accident cases . I thought this law firm did great work .Very happy with their services. I would recommend them to others.
Response from the owner: It was very nice of you to leave a review. Thanks Brenda! A good case always starts with a great client. We appreciated the recommendation. It is good to hear back from clients and have them refer us to other injury victims after a car accident. Wish you well!
This is the best choice for a car accident attorney. These lawyers get great settlements.I was recommended to them from some people I know and was happy to get a great recommendation.
Response from the owner: Our attorneys appreciate the compliment! It is great to hear we are doing well. It means a lot when you recommend our lawyers to other car accident victims. Thanks again!
Glad I switched to this auto accident lawyer. These lawyers fight hard for their injury clients. I highly recommend these lawyers.
Response from the owner: We are happy you switched as well. Good clients are the basis for a good case. Fighting to protect your rights after an accidental injury is our sole focus. Your recommendation means a lot. Thanks again for the review.
If you are injured in a car accident you should hire this attorney. This is the best legal representation. These attorneys are very professional.
Response from the owner: Thank you for reviewing our law firm and recommending our lawyers. Attorneys appreciate feedback on whether they are doing well on cases and reviews are one of the best means for this.
Response from the owner: Appreciate the Good Words! SInce our law firm started focusing exclusively on car and auto accidents, the focus had increased our knowledge and the learning curve has greatly benefited out settlement results. Specializing is key for any lawyers! All benefit from this. Thanks again for the review!
Selecting a lawyer is tough. I would rate this firm as top car accident lawyers in the St. Louis Area. Easy to work with attorneys who I would definitely recommend to friends and family. This lawyer really took his time to help us out.
Response from the owner: Selecting a lawyer would be tough. Going local and going with smaller law firms is always smart. Never use the TV lawyers. I cannot imaging getting inundated with TV ads all day and then attempting to decide on a lawyer. TV advertisers get a well earned reputation as settlement mills because they have too many clients and give their employees quotas, hence they take low settlements and earn the nickname "settlement mills." I always tell people to hire someone local and never someone on television. Jurors hate TV advertisers as well, hence not good for your case value. Thanks for the review! Glad we did well!
I was recommended to this car crash attorney. This is a very good law firm. I rate them 5 stars because they are very professional, communicate well, and get good case results. You should definitely hire these lawyers!
Response from the owner: Hey Tina! Thanks for posting this review of our law firm. Good to hear our attorneys are doing good work on car accident claims. If you ever need any help in the future, please give us a call. Thanks again!

Seeking Medical Attention

If you’ve experienced a headache after an accident, seeking medical attention can offer two crucial benefits. Firstly, a doctor can properly diagnose your injury and provide necessary treatment, preventing long-term disability from traumatic brain injury or whiplash. Secondly, seeking medical help protects your legal rights to seek compensation for your injuries and losses. By attributing the cause of your headaches to the accident, you can avoid denial of your claim by the insurance company. Act promptly to secure your health and legal interests by seeking medical help for a headache after an accident.

Muscle Strain Headache

If you’re experiencing severe pain at the base of your skull, it could be a sign of a muscle strain headache. This type of headache is often caused by muscle strain injuries, such as whiplash, which can result in pain in the neck and shoulders, ultimately leading to strain and discomfort in the head.

Post Traumatic Headache

Car accidents can cause significant trauma to various parts of the body, including the head, neck, and shoulders, which can trigger post-traumatic headaches. Typically, individuals may not experience such headaches immediately following the crash, but they may develop after a week or more. If you experience any pain or stiffness in these areas, it could indicate the underlying cause. It is imperative to seek medical attention if you experience a headache a few days after a car accident and inform your doctor about your recent car accident.

Pinched Nerve Headache

Car accidents can cause a pinched nerve in the spine, resulting in compression of nerves in the spinal cord disc during the crash. The nerves near the shoulders, hips, or neck are particularly susceptible to this injury. Individuals with pre-existing spine or nerve conditions are at a higher risk of developing a pinched nerve headache. Some common symptoms of this type of headache include tingling sensations, muscle and limb weakness, and burning pain. The severity of symptoms increases proportionally with the degree of nerve compression; therefore, the more severe the pinched nerve, the more intense the symptoms.

A Concussion Headache

Car accidents can result in concussions, which can subsequently cause headaches. A car accident concussion happens when the brain collides with the skull due to the impact of the collision, resulting in a traumatic brain injury that can be serious. The symptoms of a concussion may not be immediately apparent as other injuries often mask them. Some common concussion symptoms include dizziness, confusion, nausea, drowsiness, ringing in the ears, and vertigo. It can also cause memory loss, slurred speech, and even unconsciousness. If you experience any of these symptoms, seek emergency medical attention immediately.

A Migraine

In addition to the injuries mentioned above, car accidents can trigger migraine headaches in individuals who have never experienced them. Those suffering from migraines may not immediately associate their headache with the car accident injury. Hence, it is vital to have any headache that develops after a car accident examined by a doctor. Symptoms of a migraine headache may include sensitivity to sound and light, dizziness, difficulty concentrating, and nausea and vomiting.

Keeping a Journal

Car accident victims should maintain a meticulous record of their day-to-day activities, detailing any changes in their ability to perform everyday tasks since the accident. Such records can prove invaluable in court, particularly when a claim for pain and suffering is contested. Likewise, victims should keep a detailed record of their headaches, noting the date and time, duration, severity, and any factors that alleviate or exacerbate the pain. This information can aid doctors in accurately diagnosing symptoms and prescribing effective treatments.

In addition to helping medical professionals, keeping a record of headaches can play a crucial role in establishing the extent of pain and suffering endured by the victim and how it has affected their daily lives. Compensation for pain and suffering is typically awarded based on the accident’s impact on the victim’s pre-accident lifestyle. Victims can present compelling evidence during settlement negotiations and court proceedings by maintaining detailed records of their headaches and the activities they cannot perform due to them.

Why You Should Never Ignore a Headache After a Car Accident

Headaches are among the most common symptoms of various conditions and injuries. They are considered very general symptoms that should be considered in a wider context to diagnose properly. In other words, consider them one of your body’s alarm systems. You should investigate if you notice recurring, more frequent headaches after an event like a car crash.

Possible Causes of Headaches After a Car Accident


Whiplash is a soft tissue injury caused by the rapid, jerking movement of your head at the moment of the impact. It usually worsens with time and can be noticed with a delay, complicating a car accident injury claim.

TBI (Traumatic Brain Injury)

The seriousness of a potential traumatic brain injury should not be overlooked following a car accident, as a concussion, contusion, or other forms of brain damage may be the underlying cause of any headaches that arise. It is essential to seek medical attention to properly evaluate and treat any potential injuries.

Side-Effects of Medication

If you experience headaches due to a medication misprescription or administration, it can be a sign of a more serious physical or psychological issue. Obtain a medical report to document your pain, which can indicate other underlying conditions. Though it can be difficult to measure your headache objectively, it should still be considered when claiming the damages you have sustained. It may also be used as evidence to prove the presence of a more complex injury or trauma, such as emotional stress arising from the accident.

Car Accident Injury Claim

The value of an injury claim based on headaches resulting from a car accident depends on various factors.

  • Pain and suffering caused by headaches and other bodily injuries sustained in the accident.
  • Expenditure on medical treatment of headaches and the underlying cause, such as traumatic brain injury or whiplash.
  • Loss of wages for the days that you cannot go to work due to severe headaches.
  • Change in lifestyle or loss of enjoyment, for example, if you had to give up certain hobbies and activities due to headaches.

How a St. Louis Car Accident Lawyer Can Help

If you or a loved one are experiencing headaches after a car accident, it’s essential to seek legal help to ensure you receive the compensation you deserve. A St. Louis car accident lawyer at The Hoffmann Law Firm can help in the following ways:

  1. Handling Insurance Claims: A car accident lawyer can help you navigate the complex process of filing an insurance claim. They can ensure that all necessary documentation is submitted on time and that you receive fair compensation for headache-related damages.
  2. Investigating the Accident: An experienced car accident lawyer will thoroughly investigate the accident to help you determine the root cause of your headaches.
  3. Negotiating with Insurance Companies: Insurance companies may try to settle your case quickly, offering you less than what you deserve. A car accident lawyer can negotiate with insurance companies on your behalf to ensure you receive fair compensation for your headache-related damages.

Types of compensation that may be available for headache-related damages include:

  1. Medical Expenses: If you’ve been experiencing headaches after a car accident, you may require ongoing medical treatment. A car accident lawyer can help you recover compensation for medical bills, including doctor visits, diagnostic tests, and prescription medication.
  2. Lost Wages: If you’ve had to take time off work due to your headaches, a car accident lawyer can help you recover lost wages. This can include compensation for past and future lost income.
  3. Pain and Suffering: Headaches can be excruciating and disruptive to your daily life. A car accident lawyer can help you recover compensation for the pain and suffering you’ve experienced due to your headaches.

Ultimately, a car accident lawyer can help you navigate the legal process and ensure you receive fair compensation for your headache-related damages. If you’ve been experiencing headaches after a car accident, seeking legal help as soon as possible is important to protect your rights and interests.

Free Consultation with a St. Louis Car Accident Lawyer

Don’t talk to an insurance claims adjuster before speaking with The Hoffmann Law Firm, L.L.C. We can help you avoid making statements that may affect the outcome of your case. The consultation is free; you don’t pay unless we get you money!

Updated: June 11, 2024