HEADACHE PERSONAL INJURY CLAIM MINNESOTA
Schmidt Salita Law Team presents these facts about headache injury claims in Minnesota.
Headache is a frequent symptom of traumatic injury from car accidents, workplace injuries, or any other type of trauma. Headache has many causes associated with personal injury. It is important that the pain and suffering of a headache injury be established as an important part of any personal injury claim where the injury includes headache disability.
There are many distinct types of headaches, each of which should be recognized in its own right.
Cervicogenic headaches are “secondary headaches”, caused by cervical or neck injuries which radiate the pain into the head. A more technical definition is that cervicogenic headache is “syndrome characterized by chronic head pain that radiates, or is referred, from an injury condition in the neck”. Cervicogenic headaches are typically referred from the muscles, nerves, articular structures and vascular structures in the neck.
Cervicogenic headaches typically are triggered by neck pain at the base of the skull and typically radiate up the back of the head.
Headache pain is one of the most common symptoms that occur after a concussion or mild traumatic brain injury to the head. This type of headache is typically referred to as a “postconcussion headache”.
Migraine headaches occur when an area of the brain becomes hypersensitive, and triggers a pain signal that produces tall throbbing, but sometimes very severe and disabling, headaches. Migraine headaches are the often accompanied by nausea and sensitivity to light and sound. It is well recognized in the medical literature that migraine headaches can be triggered by the trauma of a car accident or other traumatic event. They can, most certainly, occur in the absence of trauma.
Tension headaches are also called stress-related headaches. They are associated with muscle tension or muscle spasms and stress. Victims of whiplash injury typically develop muscle spasm in the neck, which can produce tension headaches. Chronic pain resulting from a car accident drug or other traumatic event can also produce stress, which will trigger a tension headache.
HEADACHES CAN BE TOTALLY DISABLING.
Headaches vary in intensity (severity) and duration, ranging from just a few minutes to days on end. Ranging from mild headaches to blinding headaches to completely shut a person down. It is important for personal injury claims to quantify the severity and duration of the headache. The Henry Ford Headache Disability Index is one protocol that can help to quantify the disability resulting from headaches.
HEADACHE INJURY AND DISABILITY CAN BE A MAJOR PART OF A PERSONAL INJURY CLAIM.
It is very important to include a claim for headache disability in any personal injury claim were headaches are a problem. The personal injury lawyers at the Schmidt Salita Law Team are experienced in collecting medical evidence to support a headache disability claim. They have experience in presenting claims for injury victims where the headache disability is a significant and important part of the claim.
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