After getting in a car accident, many people say, “oh I’m fine, I just feel a little sore.” Some even say “I don’t need to go to the hospital tonight” and subsequently they never go or they delay going for days or weeks. In many of these cases, a day or two days after the accident is when the aches and pains begin to settle in and the individual feels horrible. Some people don’t truly feel the effects for weeks, months or even longer.
There are many long term effects to soft tissue injuries. Soft tissue injuries are defined as an injury to the ligaments, tendons and fibers of the body that connect the skeletal bones. Soft tissue injuries sometimes lead to severe migraines, back aches that eventually make it difficult to stand or sit for long periods, neck pains and other debilitating affects.
The attorneys at the South Florida Accident and Injury Law Firm of Berman & Tsombanakis have handled many auto accident cases and have seen clients with a wide range of injuries. In many cases when people can’t physically see an injury they ignore it. Often, they also fail to receive the proper medical attention that is needed.
When one thinks of soft tissue they typically think of neck, shoulder and back pains. Subsequently these pains can lead to headaches. Some of these headaches that are related to soft tissue injuries start right after accident but many begin days and in some cases, weeks later. With headaches in particular, many people believe that headaches caused from a car accident will subside with some pain/headache medicine and this is not always the case.
Studies have found that individuals in rear end collisions with what appears to be only soft tissue injuries later complain of headaches. These types of headaches are referred to as post traumatic headache syndrome. In some cases the pain from the headaches last from a few days to several weeks. In many patients, particularly those with more severe trauma, headaches may be a problem for months, years, or a lifetime. In some rare cases, patients do not develop post-traumatic headache syndrome until months following the injury, but headaches usually begin within hours or days of the accident.
According to the above referenced article, individuals with a pre-existing headache or migraine problem are at increased risk for post traumatic headaches. Patients with a strong family history of migraine may be at an increased risk for developing chronic headaches. The severity of the trauma is sometimes an indicator to the possible long term issues with these types of headaches. Many patients endure months or years of severe headaches after mild head trauma.
Migraines are becoming increasingly common in not just car accidents, but also in other traumatic injuries. About 2 weeks ago, Jonathan Baldwin of the Kansas City Chiefs began complaining of migraines. The reason for his migraines was not discussed in this article and/or, has not been determined. It is becoming more and more common for football players to experience migraines due to head injuries that in alot of cases result in concussions. In the comments section of the above referenced article, a reader discusses the migraines that former Miami Dolphins great Zack Thomas suffered from after being involved in a bad car accident in Florida. In this case, the team did x-rays and discovered that the car accident offset his nose which let to sinus pressure and then to migraines.
Many of our clients at the South Florida Injury and Accident Law Firm if Berman & Tsombanakis LLC who have neck and back pain have also complained of headaches as well. The severity of Migraines, back and neck pains, varies per client. Those first few days after a car accident are very important, like many other case there time limitations for filing a lawsuit and also a delay in treatment could affect your settlement with the insurance company.
If you have been hurt or injured in a car accident or any other type of accident such as a slip and fall, please email or call one of the lawyers at the Fort Lauderdale Injury and Accident Law Firm of Berman & Tsombanakis LLC. at (954) 764-6099 or (954) 728-8885. We provide free consultations and can meet you at our office in downtown Fort Lauderdale or at your residence or any other location convenient to you. We handle most injury and car accident cases on a contingency basis, meaning you do not pay us at all unless there is a financial recovery in your case.