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Causes of post-traumatic headaches

Post-traumatic car accident headaches often begin to occur within two weeks of the trauma. The good news is that most of these headaches go away within six months. However, 10-20% of them never resolve.

Part of getting fair compensation for your headaches and head injuries will be carefully explaining the exact cause of the pain, as well as the specific symptoms you are experiencing, such as visual disturbances, pain neck or even brain damage. Headaches are the most common physical manifestation of traumatic brain injury (TBI).

Here are some of the main causes and symptoms of headaches after a car accident:


Whiplash headaches are common after car accidents. The whipping back and forth motion of the neck can cause muscle tension that radiates through the soft tissues into the head. This type of headache can take days or weeks to get really bad, but often starts at the base of the skull and can cause a stiff neck, problems with memory and concentration, and trouble sleeping.


Fracture headaches occur when a sudden force is enough to break the skull or neck. Even if these fractures are not severe enough to cause brain damage, they can still lead to persistent headaches. People with fracture headaches may experience slurred speech, confusion, nausea, or even seizures.

pinched nerve

Pinched nerve headaches occur due to compression around the spinal nerves, especially the greater occipital nerve at the base of the skull. A herniated disc, swollen neck muscles, and other complications can pinch nerves at their roots, causing pain, tingling, numbness, and burning in the back of the head.


Concussion headaches are just one symptom of this type of TBI. If the impact of the car accident causes your brain to hit the inner lining of your skull and become bruised or even bleed, you may experience intense headaches, as well as memory loss, sensitivity to light , nausea, ringing in the ears, sensitivity to sound and confusion. If you have headaches after the expected recovery period, you may have post-concussive syndrome.


It’s true that certain medications, such as birth control or heart medication, can cause headaches, and the attorneys representing the at-fault driver may try to use them against your claim. Be aware that overuse of typical pain relievers, such as aspirin and acetaminophen, can cause so-called rebound headaches when used too much.


Insurance companies are quick to deny migraines caused by a car accident. Many neurologists also don’t believe that migraines can be linked to car accidents. They might claim that migraines are genetic disorders that run in families, particularly if the headache occurs on one side of the head.

The reality is that many post-accident headaches have migraine characteristics. It’s essential to know exactly what type of headache you have, so the defense doesn’t dismiss your case because you think it’s a migraine. Your attorney can help you navigate this challenge to your case.

Due to his work as a chiropractor, Harry Brown has a unique perspective and understanding of post-traumatic headaches and their resolution values. Count on him to present this serious injury effectively.

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