At The Gogel Law Firm, our St. Louis car accident attorney knows that being involved in a vehicle collision can lead to countless physical, emotional, and financial challenges.
Unfortunately, when some Missouri residents are involved in a crash, they fail to seek medical care because they do not feel hurt. The reality is multiple injuries are easily masked by the adrenaline from the crash, which can lead to delayed symptoms. This can lead to significant, long-term injuries that could have been prevented if they had sought medical care immediately.
One of the most common signs that something may be very wrong is headaches.
If you suffer from persistent headaches after a vehicle collision, they may be more than headaches. Here are a few severe injuries that have headaches as symptoms.
Concussions occur when the brain experiences trauma from a sudden blow or jolt to the head that may be accompanied by dizziness, confusion, and nausea. These headaches can range from mild to severe and may persist for an extended period.
Traumatic Brain Injuries
A traumatic brain injury (TBI) is a sudden, external physical assault that damages the brain.
TBIs can be caused by a violent blow or jolt to the head or body or when an object pierces the skull and enters the brain. TBIs can affect how the brain works and are among the most common causes of disability and death in adults.
Some signs of a TBI include, but are not limited to:
- A bad taste in the mouth.
- Behavior or mood changes.
- Blurred vision.
- Convulsions or seizures.
- Nausea and vomiting.
- Restlessness or agitation.
- Tiredness or sleepiness.
When an individual’s face absorbs some of the crash’s impact — including colliding with an airbag, window, steering wheel, or other car part — it can lead to constant pain around broken bones around the forehead, eyes, nose, cheeks, and mouth that can cause significant headaches.
Whiplash occurs when the head is forcefully jerked back and forth due to a sudden impact straining the neck’s muscles, ligaments, and tendons. This can lead to severe headaches and dull, aching pain extending from the skull’s base to the forehead.
Emotional Stress and Trauma
The trauma of a vehicle collision lasts long after the vehicles have been towed away. Emotional distress can trigger tension headaches and migraines or the development of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), which can manifest as debilitating headaches.
Do I Need to See a Doctor After a Missouri Car Accident?
Yes. After a vehicle collision, it is critical to ensure you receive a professional evaluation of your symptoms. This is vital for an accurate diagnosis and to ensure an effective treatment plan is put in place.
Have You Been Involved in a Car Accident in Missouri?
If you have been injured in an auto accident in Missouri, contact our St. Louis personal injury attorney today to review your case by calling (314) 370-8173 or online to schedule a free consultation to learn more about your legal rights and options to pursue the liable party for your complete financial recovery needs.