Why You Might Have a Headache After a Slip and Fall Accident

Headaches are a commonly reported symptom after a slip and fall accident. Headaches occur any time you experience pain inside of your head, including sharp, localized pains as well as dull, persistent aching. The characteristics of a headache following an NYC trip and fall can help your physician determine the source of the pain and the best way to treat it.

Symptoms of Head Injuries

Head injuries can present themselves in various symptoms of varying degrees. Only a doctor or other medical professional can diagnose and treat a head injury, but some typical symptoms include:

  • Headaches
  • Nausea
  • Balance problems
  • Swollen areas on the skull
  • Blurred vision
  • Ringing in the ears
  • Sensitivity to noise or light
  • Loss of taste or smell

Causes of Headaches After a Slip and Fall Accident

Common causes of headaches due to head injuries from slip and fall accidents include:

  • Concussions – A concussion is a type of traumatic brain injury (TBI) that occurs when the soft tissue of your brain hits the inside of your skull. In some cases, this type of trauma may bruise the brain, resulting in internal swelling and discomfort that can contribute to headaches.
  • Whiplash – Whiplash injuries occur when the head or neck is violently jolted back and forth. Although commonly associated with car accidents, whiplash can happen due to a slip and fall, too. Whiplash often damages the vertebrae or nerves in the neck, which can cause painful tension headaches.
  • Fractures – When a slip and fall results in a fractured vertebra, bone fragments can place pressure on nerves in the spinal column and contribute to headaches. Similarly, even a hairline fracture of the skull can compromise the fluids and tissues protecting your brain, potentially leading to persistent headaches at the back of the head and the neck.
  • Pinched nerves – A pinched nerve in the neck can result in painful pressure that leads to neck pain and cervicogenic headaches. People with medical conditions like osteoarthritis are susceptible to this type of headache, but a pinched nerve headache can also occur due to a slip and fall.
  • Muscle spasms – Headaches caused by muscle spasms or contractions can occur when neck muscles are severely strained. Slip and fall victims who sustain soft tissue injuries in the neck can suffer muscle contraction headaches for hours or even days at a time.

How a Slip and Fall Attorney Can Help You

A knowledgeable personal injury attorney can help you pursue the compensation you deserve after a New York slip and fall accident by:

  • Explaining your legal rights and your options for seeking compensation
  • Conducting an independent investigation into the slip and fall
  • Communicating with property owners and other parties on your behalf
  • Obtaining medical records, accident reports, and other evidence to support your claim
  • Interviewing witnesses to the fall and experts for valuable testimony
  • Managing important documents and deadlines on your behalf
  • Determining the potential value of your case
  • Filing insurance claims to demand the compensation you are owed
  • Taking your case to court if the insurance company refuses to pay a fair settlement

Contact a New York Personal Injury Attorney Today

If you are suffering from persistent headaches after a slip and fall on someone else’s property, a dedicated slip and fall lawyer in NYC at David Resnick & Associates, P.C. can help you get back on your feet. Contact us today for a free initial consultation to learn how you can claim money for your losses in a premises liability claim.

Author: David Resnick

Founder of David Resnick & Associates, P.C., a New York personal injury law firm in charge of providing exceptional and personal service to each of our clients in various areas including car accidents, slip and fall, wrongful death, construction accidents, and premises liability. David Resnick founded the firm in 1998 after working in large law firms where he saw a need for greater client communication and more personal care.

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