Automobile accidents can inflict a wide variety of injuries and pain. The force that is put on the body when a collision occurs that throws your body violently thrashing back-and-forth will at the bare minimum, cause head pain. Headaches are common after most injuries, but they should dissipate with time. If they are not going away, and in fact, getting worse, you may have more than just a nagging pain. You could have serious damage and possibly brain injury. It is critical that you have your head examined so that if you do have a traumatic brain injury, you can get treatment immediately.
How Does Damage To The Brain Happen?
Any type of blow or impact that hits the head or forceful shaking and thrashing will cause your brain to smash against your skull resulting in damages. The symptoms will depend on the severity of the damage and can start to show in as little as hours to as long as a couple of days. They may be chronic and consistent or they can ebb and flow with their presence. If you have been in an accident and you are feeling headaches it is possible you have any of the following:
- Whiplash which refers to neck injuries that happen after your head violently is forced in a rapid back-and-forth motion. Rear-end accidents are the most common culprits for causing whiplash. The pain will begin at the skull and you will feel it up to your forehead.
- Concussions will result when there is a significant force against the head. It can also occur when the head and upper body are moved about sharply and rapidly in an aggressive manner. Ongoing headaches, inability to speak clearly, difficulty concentrating, balance issues, and coordination problems can all result in concussions.
- Traumatic brain injury takes place when immense force hits the head or if the brain tissue is directly damaged by a foreign object breaking and entering the skull. The symptoms can be temporary in mild cases to life-long. A TBI can even cause death.
Headaches aren’t always just a nuisance that require an over the counter pain medication. They can be red flags that there is much more happening which you should have looked at by a medical professional so that you have the best chances for recovery or reduction in symptoms. Some of the signs that your headaches may be more than just a mild injury include:
- Massive throbbing and aching pain in the head
- Tightness, pressure, and excessive strain on the forehead, the sides of your head, and the back
- Difficulty remembering things, amnesia
- Blurred vision and inability to see well
- Appetite reduction
- Pain or tenderness to the touch on the scalp, neck, and shoulders
- Erratic behavior and mood swings
- Excessive lethargy, tiredness, and sleeping
Where To Find Help For Medical Expenses When You Have Serious Head Injuries?
The Janesville automobile accident attorneys at the Alexander J. Smith Law Offices will give you the best chance to obtain the most compensation when you decide to move forward with a personal injury claim. The Janesville personal injury lawyers at Alexander J. Smith Law Offices will help you recover costs that will cover your pain and suffering, medical damages, property damages, and lost wages.
Call us today to discuss your situation during a completely free consultation at (608) 237-7035 for residents of Wisconsin or (815) 243-9686 for residents of Illinois. Our team is here to help you and our Wisconsin and Illinois personal injury attorneys are looking forward to discussing your accident experience with you.