Some time in your lifetime you might become a victim of a car accident. The first thing you need to consider is whether you have been injured. Don’t worry about your car as it can be replaced. If you have damaged your spinal column or brain, you may have difficulty in returning to normal. The brain and spinal column have little capacity to repair themselves even with surgical intervention. If you are seriously injured, chances are the paramedics will stabilize you and cart you off to the hospital where your injuries can be assessed immediately. If your injuries seem minor you may be released on the spot. Even if your injuries seem minor you should still have a full medical exam with your healthcare provider. Quite often injuries don’t show up until days to months after. Make sure you have photos of your external injuries as provided by your doctor and any scans they have done to prove that they are from the accident. If your condition persists and possibly worsens after your first check-up, you will need to go back to your doctor for further treatment. The next step is to contact a Brain injury lawyer who can assess your rights and determine if you qualify for a Personal injury settlement that will pay for your pain and suffering, medical bills, lost wages and future medical costs. The Chester Law Group brain injury attorneys in Ohio handle severe brain/spinal injuries due to car, truck and motorcycle accidents. Contact the Chester Law Group at 800-218-4242 or you can visit their website at http://www.chesterlaw.com. Your Brain injury lawyer knows what assistance you will need in terms of medical evidence and will provide information on the proper steps to take to ensure success with your accident claim.
Brain Injury and Headaches After Car Accidents
After a brain injury you might be experiencing headaches. It is reported that 50% of brain injuries in vehicle accidents have headaches. Sometimes these headaches don’t show up for one to 3 months after your accident. Many people try to self medicate not realizing they need help. This can be a serious condition and should be treated as a symptom of brain injury. Some individuals continue to have headache pain for a year or more. Don’t let this happen to you. You need to take this seriously and seek medical attention.
Of course, headaches can be caused by many other injuries besides brain damage. For instance, an upper cervical (neck) herniated disc pressing on a nerve can cause a headache, as well as pressure on one of the arteries in the neck caused by ligament damage to the ligaments in the neck. You should know, however, that among personal injury lawyers, it is common knowledge that post-trauma mild brain injuries are the most often missed injury by doctors. Why this is I do not know. Perhaps they do not take the time to investigate the issue because it seems everyone has headaches these days. Perhaps they are not well versed in modern diagnostic techniques like Diffusion Tensor Imaging studies that show mild traumatic brain injury to the white matter in the brain. Perhaps they do not tie the symptoms that appear weeks or months later to the prior trauma and therefore do not suspect brain injury. Whatever the reason, don’t be surprised if your doctor plays down your headaches and tells you to mask the symptoms with pain pills. If you are having headaches days or weeks after an accident, there is a reason why, and your doctor has an ethical obligation to find out why. It is important to talk to your doctor about headaches that don’t go away and don’t just accept the long term “take a pill” solution that may be offered to you. Once you know exactly what is wrong with you, specialist doctors can more effectively attempt to treat the actual cause of the problem, not the symptom. In my experience, if the average person knew how often family doctors fail to diagnose and treat mild traumatic brain injury and do diagnostic testing to confirm that diagnosis, they would be shocked.
You need to understand that the brain is a very delicate organ that can be easily injured in an impact. Your brain and spinal column are floating in cerebral spinal fluid. In a car accident you body will come to a quick stop causing your brain to crash against your skull causing it to compress. Then your brain will bounce back on the opposite side causing a second compression. This can cause severe inflammation, neuron cell death, blood vessel breakage and tearing of axon fiber tracts. All of this can contribute to headache pain after the fact particularly as inflammation of tissues increases. If you have blood vessel tearing, you will have bleeding in the brain. Brain tissue beyond this point will not receive enough oxygen to survive and will die causing permanent brain damage. If neurons don’t receive oxygen, they will die within 2 to 4 minutes. Neurons that are left functioning don’t have the capacity to generate daughter cells like other tissues, so the brain can not replace itself. Once a neuron dies there is no way to replace it.
With brain compression, neuron cell death and vessel damage, any stress can create changes in blood flow that will create symptoms of headache. If you have had an initial scan done shortly after your accident, damage may not be apparent. You need to pay attention to any changes in your behavior and any pain including headaches that might occur. These symptoms indicate head trauma and you will need to be reexamined and get another scan done. Common scans done include MRI, CAT scan and X-Rays. It could take weeks to months before your injury can be observed. Make sure you keep good records and get copies of everything. Don’t just rely on your doctor keeping records.
If you have been seriously hurt in a truck, car or motorcycle accident and experienced brain injury such as inflammation, neuronal cell death and/or headaches, you may be entitled to financial compensation for pain and suffering, medical bills and lost wages. These types of accidents often involve long-term brain dysfunction and chronic headaches so you need to consider about continued medical care and loss of your ability to earn wages in the future. The Chester Law Group is a Personal injury law firm experienced in truck, car and motorcycle accidents involving brain injury and can guide you through a Personal injury settlement. It is important that you speak with a brain injury attorney before you attend a Defense Medical Exam (DME) and don’t ask a doctor for advice. Your Personal injury lawyer will advise you every step of the way. Call the brain injury attorneys at Chester Law Group today to get the help you want from people that you can trust at 800-218-4242 or visit their website www.ChesterLaw.com.
–Susan Ardizzoni Ph.D.