After a Texas car accident, many drivers and passengers feel fine, and they assume they sustained no injury. However, some common car accident injuries do not have immediate symptoms. If you start to have headaches within the days or weeks following a car accident, don’t ignore the possibility that you could be dealing with a form of post-traumatic headache.
Migraine headaches associated with concussion are a chemical phenomenon in the brain. They are usually associated with nausea (possibly vomiting), sensitivity to light or sound, and sensitivity to certain smells and movement. Other concussions symptoms include clouded thoughts, memory loss, confusion, anxiety, depression, irritability, sleep issues, balance problems and dizziness, and ringing in the ears.
A sudden jolt on the neck and head can tear or injure soft tissue, causing strain or spasm of the muscles. This type of injury frequently occurs during auto accidents. This type of headache may be accompanied by additional symptoms: a reduced range of motion, tenderness of the affected area, or redness or swelling.
A common injury caused by auto accidents, whiplash occurs when the head and neck is subjected to a sudden force. The head may be forced far forward or far backward, and the jerking motion can strain the soft tissue. Whiplash headaches are often focused close to the base of the skull. The whiplash headache may be accompanied by neck pain or stiffness, fatigue, or dizziness. The whiplash headache may not be evident until days or weeks after a car accident.
Intense fracture headaches can result from a fractured skull or neck bone. The pain is generally at the back of the head and neck or near the injury site. A fractured skull or neck bone could also result in brain injury with the severity of the symptoms depending on the type of bone fracture and the extent of the break. Other symptoms of a skull or neck bone fracture include nausea, slurred speech, stiffness in the neck, or slurred speech.
The Occipital Neuralgia headache is often referred to as a pinched nerve. It’s not uncommon for an accident to cause this type of injury. Compression of the spine or disc herniation causes a pinching in the neck area (upper cervical nerve roots) or irritation at the base of the skull (greater occipital nerve). A compressed nerve typically means pain, tenderness, numbness, tingling, or numbness.
If you have been injured in a Texas car accident and need help, don’t waste any time. Get in touch with an experienced Texas personal injury attorney at Hudson Law. We can help you navigate the process to defend your legal rights and protect your financial and medical interests. We put Personal back into Personal Injury Law.