Pain from headaches following a car accident may incapacitate victims for lengthy periods of time. The Port St. Lucie attorneys at Donaldson & Weston seek to ensure that negligent parties responsible for such harm are held legally liable.
Motor Vehicle Collision Lawyers Representing Victims in Port St. Lucie and Beyond
Certain kinds of headaches may render victims unable to work or even stand for long periods of time. These debilitating injuries are much more than minor nuisances, and they may require long-term medication or other treatments that may be expensive. If a persistent headache is a result of a car accident, the person responsible for that collision and the resulting injuries should be liable for the damages that they have caused. The Port St. Lucie car accident lawyers at Donaldson & Weston offer dedicated and experienced legal guidance to victims injured by a negligent driver. Our attorneys and staff aim to make sure that people who are suffering from headaches from car accidents receive the financial support necessary to treat their injuries through pursuing appropriate legal channels. If you have been experiencing headaches related to an automobile accident, you may be entitled to compensation. Contact our office today to talk with an attorney to determine your legal options.
Symptoms and Causes of Accident-Induced Headaches
Post-traumatic headaches are those that occur as a result of a distressing event, such as being involved in a serious car accident. Signs of these headaches may begin immediately, or symptoms may be delayed for hours or even days. Even a relatively low-impact collision may lead to a chronic, debilitating headache. Common symptoms of a post-traumatic headache may include aching or dull head pain, pressure, and tenderness in the muscles in a victim’s scalp, neck, and shoulders. There are various types of headaches from car accidents, including:
- Musculoskeletal headaches, which are the most common type, since they are often due to a whiplash injury.
- Chronic facial headaches, whereby a victim feels pain in all or parts of their face.
- Nerve dysfunction headaches, affecting the back of a victim’s head and neck.
- Migraine headaches, which may be accompanied by visual symptoms such as seeing spots, as well as nausea and sensitivity to light.
Headaches from car accidents may last anywhere from minutes to weeks. The frequency of the symptoms among victims also varies, since some individuals only experience discomfort occasionally but others almost constantly. Headaches are classified as chronic when they occur on more than 15 days in each month for at least three months. Episodic headaches are symptomatic (less than 15 days monthly). Victims suffering from headaches following a collision may also want to check for the presence of a serious traumatic brain injury. Consulting a doctor as soon as possible following an accident is important to make sure that proper medical aid is administered.
Pursuing Legal Action Against Negligent Parties
Car accidents are often caused by one or more negligent drivers or other parties. A victim injured by another driver may pursue a personal injury claim to seek damages for past and future medical expenses, time spent away from work, and pain and suffering. A victim, or plaintiff, has the burden to prove that another party involved breached a duty of reasonable care, causing the plaintiff’s injuries and resulting in damages. With headache injuries, the causation element may be the most complex to show, since many different factors may contribute to an individual’s headaches, such as stress or preexisting conditions. However, with the assistance of an experienced attorney who can present the necessary medical documentation, expert testimony, and other evidence, these obstacles often may be overcome.
Furthermore, even victims who are found to have acted negligently in causing their own injuries may still be entitled to compensation from another liable individual. In Florida, damages awards are calculated based on each party’s proportion of fault. Therefore, a plaintiff determined to be 20 percent responsible is still entitled to 80 percent of the total amount of damages.