Head injuries are among the more common ailments that you may experience in the aftermath of a car accident. In some cases, symptoms of head injuries such as pain or swelling may present right away. However, they may also be present several hours or days after a crash, so visiting a California hospital after a wreck is important.
Causes of headaches after auto accidents
You may experience a headache after a car accident if your head contacts a solid surface within the vehicle. The same may be true if you are ejected from the car and come into contact with concrete or other surfaces outside. The forced and unnatural movement of your head and neck during impact may also result in headaches. Minimizing the risk of whiplash or associated injuries may be possible by wearing a safety belt that fits properly.
Symptoms of headaches
Common symptoms of a headache include pain near your eyes, nose or along your forehead. Depending on the type of headache you incur, you may also experience pain on the sides or back of your head. You may also feel pressure in those areas of your head that may seem difficult or impossible to eliminate. Finally, you may feel pressure or tenderness throughout your neck or shoulders, which may also be a symptom of whiplash.
If you’re hurt in an accident, you may be entitled to compensation for medical bills and other damage. Keeping track of your symptoms may effectively prove a link between the defendant’s actions and your financial losses. California law gives you two years from the date of your accident to file a lawsuit against those who may have caused your injuries.