If you have been injured as a result of a car accident due to someone else’s negligence you may be eligible for compensation by way of a personal injury claim. However, what if your injuries seem to be something as simple as a recurring headache? This article will discuss what a headache could mean after a car accident and the necessary legal steps you should take.
It must be noted that headaches are a common symptom after a car accident, this is especially so if the accident caused a blow to the head or whiplash injuries. For some people who are involved in a car accident, headaches may begin immediately while for others a headache may show up after a few hours or days. No matter the case, it is vital to get medical treatment as soon as possible and ensure that you tell the treating physician about every symptom you are experiencing. There are two main benefits to getting prompt medical treatment for a headache and these are:
It increases the chances that doctors will find the underlying cause of the headache and be able to treat it and reduces the risk of long-term disability caused by head pain, traumatic brain injury or other injuries such as whiplash.
By getting quick medical attention it helps protect your legal rights as a plaintiff to seek compensation for medical losses after an accident. The quicker the plaintiff gets medical attention when a headache starts the easier it is to establish that the accident cause those injuries. This is mainly because insurance companies exploit any avenues in a claim, especially if the plaintiff takes a long period of time to seek medical attention.
Another important thing to do in order to protect your legal rights is to keep records after the car accident about your symptoms as well as keeping track of your headaches. There are two main benefits that come with keeping records of your headaches and these are:
By keeping a written headache diary this helps your doctor provide better treatment, especially if your headaches persist for a significant amount of time after the accident. Records must provide information as to the date and time your headaches start, how long they last, how severe they are and what makes them better or worse.
Keeping records helps establish the severity of your pain and suffering experience with regards to your headaches. Compensation of your injuries depend primarily on the extent to which the injuries affect you, therefore, having records that track your pain levels, the duration of your headaches and what activities you must modify and stop doing as a result of the head pain, serves as invaluable proof in settlement negotiations or at trial.
When it comes to determining the value of a car accident injury based on a headache a number of factors come into play, this includes the following:
Pain and suffering
The cost of medical care and treatment
Any loss of income as a result of the head pain
Loss of enjoyment of life gives you headaches
For Anchorage attorneys contact a law firm of personal injury professionals.