Post-Traumatic Headache is one of the most common symptoms following trauma to the head or neck. Whiplash injuries often result in Post-Traumatic Headaches.  Fortunately, the majority of Post-Traumatic Headaches usually resolve in the weeks or months post-accident. Unfortunately, in many patients the headaches do not resolve and they become permanent.

 

Interestingly, the medical profession has found no relationship between the severity of the trauma and the severity and permanency of the Post-Traumatic Headaches. If Post-Traumatic Headaches are still being experienced consistently after 6-12 months post-accident, they are most likely permanent in nature.

 

Post-Traumatic Headache due to Whiplash

 

The International Headache Society has developed the following criteria for diagnosis of Chronic Post-Traumatic Headache due to Whiplash Injury:

 

A.    Headache, no typical characteristics known, fulfilling criteria C and D

 

B.    History of whiplash (sudden and significant acceleration/deceleration movement of the neck) associated at the time with neck pain

 

C.    Headache develops within 7 days after whiplash injury

 

D.    Headache persists for more than 3 months after whiplash injury

Post-Traumatic Headache due to Mild Traumatic Brain Injury

 

Post-Traumatic Headaches are oftentimes accompanied by other symptoms included in the diagnosis Post-Concussive Syndrome or Traumatic Brain Injury. These other symptoms can include, but are certainly not limited to the following:

 

  •     dizziness
  •     difficulty concentrating
  •     nervousness
  •     personality changes
  •     insomnia 

 

The International Headache Society has developed the following criteria for diagnosis of Chronic Post-Traumatic Headache due to Mild Traumatic Brain Injury:

 

A.    Headache, no typical characteristics known, fulfilling criteria C and D

 

B.    Head trauma with all the following:

 

1.  either no loss of consciousness, or loss of consciousness of less than 30 minutes duration

 

2.  Glasgow Coma Scale (GCS) greater than or equal to 13

 

3.  symptoms and/or signs diagnostic of concussion

 

C.    Headache develops within 7 days after head trauma

 

D.    Headache persists for more than 3 months after head trauma

 

The International Classification of Headache Disorders, 2nd Edition, Section 5.2.2 "Chronic post-traumatic headache attributed to mild head injury."

 

Post-Traumatic Headache 

If you are experiencing Post-Traumatic Headaches it is critical for you to track the intensity, duration and frequency of the headaches. This information is critical to your physician in properly diagnosing and treating your condition. Download the Post-Traumatic Headache Journal. This information is also invaluable to your personal injury case. Accurate recording of post-traumatic headaches will allow your attorney to chart out the frequency of your headaches and demonstrate to the jury just how significant the headache condition is for the injury victim.

 

If you or a loved one suffer from Post-Traumatic Headaches due to the negligence of another, be sure to contact an experienced Florida Personal Injury Attorney.

Contact an Experienced Post-Traumatic Headache Attorney. The personal injury attorneys here at the Law Offices of Lewis & Williams offer a free consultation. For more information, call us at your convenience at 561-444-2260.

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