Receiving Compensation for Migraines and Post-Traumatic Headaches From Car Accidents

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Head injuries from car accidents can often result in headaches that cause severe pain and interfere with your overall quality of life. It is crucial that you work with an experienced personal injury attorney to document your condition and seek the maximum possible compensation. Cases involving migraines or post-traumatic headaches can be particularly complicated because these invisible injuries are more likely to be doubted by the at-fault driver’s insurance company. Louisiana Car Accident Lawyer Neblett, Beard and Arsenault

What You Need to Know About Migraine Headaches

Migraine is a neurological condition resulting in severe headaches that can cause pain, memory problems, and difficulty concentrating. Typically, a migraine headache lasts between four and 72 hours. The frequency of migraines a person experiences can vary widely. Some people have migraines very rarely, while others experience several attacks per month.

 Common symptoms of a migraine attack include:

  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Sensitivity to light or sound
  • Aversion to certain smells
  • Dizziness 
  • Pain that throbs or pulses
  • Pain occurring on one or both sides of the head

Many people with a history of migraine headaches find that a concussion or other head injury from a car accident causes their attacks to become more severe or more frequent. Car accidents can be associated with migraine headaches even if they are low-speed collisions that caused minimal damage to the vehicles involved. 

What You Need to Know About Post-Traumatic Headaches

Headaches that are a complication of car accident injuries are not well understood by medical professionals. Studies show that 95% of people with a concussion will experience headaches as the brain heals from the injury. However, about two-thirds of these individuals will have headaches that are very similar to migraines—even if they have no previous history of migraine headaches.

When post-traumatic headaches persist for three months or more after the initial injury, doctors refer to this as a persistent post-traumatic headache. This condition appears to be most common in women, although men can still be affected.

Protecting Your Right to Compensation

You are entitled to receive compensation for all expenses you've incurred as the result of a car accident caused by another person’s negligence. This includes expenses associated with an increase in migraine headaches or the development of post-traumatic headaches.

To protect your right to compensation, it is important to seek a medical evaluation as soon as possible. Do not assume that your headaches will improve over time or that you should try to tough it out and continue about your daily routine.

Your general practitioner will likely refer you to a headache specialist who has advanced training in treating migraines and post-traumatic headaches. The specialist may order diagnostic tests such as an MRI or a CT scan to see how the trauma of the car accident has affected your brain. You may also be prescribed two types of medication: a daily preventative medication and medication to take when you are already experiencing a migraine attack.

It is very important to follow your care provider’s treatment recommendations precisely. If you do not follow established medical guidance, the insurance adjuster will use this to try to cast doubt on the severity of your condition. Returning to your daily activities too quickly can be especially problematic since physical and cognitive rest is considered standard treatment for a concussion.

It can be helpful to keep a journal detailing your headache symptoms, the duration of your headaches, the frequency of your headaches, the effectiveness of different treatment options, and how your condition is affecting your day-to-day life. For example, you might want to share ways your performance at work has suffered due to difficulty concentrating or hobbies that you had to give up due to your symptoms. Your journal can be used to support the severity of your condition, as well as your claim for pain and suffering damages.

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Wesley J. Gralapp
With over 25 years of experience, Attorney Wesley Gralapp helps personal injury victims throughout Louisiana.