Headaches: A Chronic Side Effect of a Brain Injury

Woman holding head in pain with blurred image around herWhen trauma to the brain occurs—whether from a car accident, other type of motor vehicle accident, slip and fall accident, or as a result of medical malpractice—significant side effects such as memory problems, behavioral changes, emotional issues, language problems, fatigue, and confusion can be the result. While some of these adverse symptoms can be life-threatening, other symptoms, such as headaches, can be life-altering.

Headaches Following a Brain Injury

There are many reasons why headaches occur after trauma to the brain. If someone suffers a hard blow to the head, a serious injury may have occurred that causes bleeding and swelling, putting pressure on the brain. Those who undergo brain surgery may also experience a post-operative headache as a result of medical negligence causing an increase in pressure on the brain.

What Should I Do About My Headache?

If you suffered a head injury and are experiencing a headache, it is essential that you seek medical attention immediately. Also, if you have a pounding headache following brain surgery, you need to let your neurosurgeon know and request a CT scan of your brain to ensure you don’t have blood on your brain.

Headaches and Brain Injuries

A headache is often one of the first symptoms that is noticed following a brain injury. Unfortunately, a headache might continue to occur for months and years following trauma to the brain. In some cases, headaches can be so powerful that they make it difficult to return to one’s pre-injury life. This is because pounding, chronic headaches can make it nearly impossible for people to think, work, act, and function normally.

Although headaches are one of the most common problems observed by people with mild, moderate, and traumatic brain injuries, headaches aren’t just a small side effect of a brain injury. Headaches can be debilitating because they alter how people live. In fact, headaches can take a toll on a person mentally and emotionally.

If you have experienced chronic, debilitating headaches and other adverse side effects after brain surgery or other medical treatment and suspect that it is the result of medical malpractice, you need to be compensated for such injuries. To learn more about your rights to pursue a medical malpractice claim, please fill out our short online form to Contact Us for a free consultation.