Why do I have a headache after a car accident?



If you’ve been involved in a car accident, then you may experience a headache afterwards. In fact, headaches are quite common after car wrecks.

Generally, headaches are caused either by neck strain (commonly referred to as whiplash) or some type of closed head injury.

With whiplash, headaches occur because the tendons, ligaments, nerves, and muscles of the neck and head become inflamed and swollen. The inflammation in turn disrupts circulation to the blood vessels in the head and neck. In combination, this can cause head ache symptoms.

Headaches can also be a symptom of a closed head injury. A closed head injury is a trauma to the brain caused by the violent, sudden motion of the upper back and neck. The brain, setting inside the cranium, is knocked against the skull.

A closed head injury is often not visibly apparent. This is why it is very important to seek immediate medical treatment if you experience pain or soreness in your head and neck, or if you have a headache, after a car accident. Medical professionals can conduct tests to determine if your headache is a symptom of a larger problem. These tests include CT scans and MRIs.

Other than headache, symptoms of a closed head injury include:

  • Loss of Consciousness
  • Dizziness or vertigo
  • Nausea
  • Blurred vision
  • Dilated pupils

Headaches from whiplash or closed head injuries may take days to develop after a car accident.

If you’ve been involved in a car wreck, and you are experiencing a headache, it is important that you seek immediate treatment. It is also important that you seek out the advice of an experienced Atlanta car accident lawyer. So please, don’t hesitate, call and speak to one of our trial lawyers at Schenk Smith today. Our consultations are always free.