Why Does My Head Hurt After an Accident?

by Staff | February 15th, 2021

Several factors can contribute to head pain after a crash, from stress-related headaches to serious brain injuries. If your head hurts after an accident, it’s important to seek medical treatment as soon as possible.

Let’s look at a few common causes of head pain after a car accident and why seeing a doctor is so important.

Possible Causes of Headaches After a Car Accident

  • Stress-induced headache
  • Headaches from being struck by or against objects during the crash
  • Whiplash-related headaches
  • Concussions
  • More severe traumatic brain injuries

In addition to physical trauma, the stress of a car accident can be draining and lead to headaches. If your crash was minor, and there were no injuries involved, it’s possible your headache could be due to stress. However, never take a risk when you’re feeling unwell after an accident; visit the doctor to rule out anything more serious.

If your head is struck by or against an object during the crash, or if you were jolted during a crash, you could be experiencing a headache as a side effect of a serious injury. A doctor will be able to examine you to determine if you have whiplash, a concussion, or a more severe traumatic brain injury.

Why Should I See a Doctor for a Headache?

In some cases, people involved in crashes could be seriously injured without feeling serious symptoms immediately after the accident. That’s because the adrenaline caused by the crash masks their symptoms. However, even a minor headache could indicate you’ve suffered serious injuries.

Even if a doctor rules out serious injuries as a cause of your headache, you’ll have peace of mind knowing that your pain isn’t a symptom of a more serious issue.

There are also possible financial implications for not seeing a doctor for your crash-induced headache; if you fail to seek treatment, and you later discover you were injured, the insurance company could allege you weren’t hurt seriously or at all because you didn’t see a doctor.

At Berg Injury Lawyers, we’ve handled countless car accident cases, and we’ve seen this type of tactic used frequently by insurance companies. It’s one of the many reasons you should err on the side of caution after a crash and see a doctor as soon as possible to protect both your health and your right to compensation.

Who Will Pay for the Costs of My Injuries and Medical Care?

If you’ve been injured through no fault of your own, you could be owed significant compensation from the at-fault party’s insurance company. By filing a personal injury claim, you may recoup the costs of all the medical care you receive due to crash-related injuries.

If You’re Looking for Legal Help, Get Berg Today!

The San Francisco car accident attorneys at Berg Injury Lawyers want to help you get the compensation you’re entitled to by law. We’ve been helping clients get maximum compensation since 1981, and we’re ready to fight for you.

If you’d like to speak to our team, contact us today to schedule a free, no-obligation case assessment. Let our attorneys help you explore all your available legal options.