Not many people realize that bicycle accidents can be incredibly serious, especially if a car was involved in the accident. It’s within the realm of reason that cyclists suffer from minor to major injuries, including everything from minor scrapes, cuts, and bruises to broken bones, amputations, permanent disability, and paralysis.
According to the National Safety Council, approximately 308,864 cyclists suffered from non-fatal injuries in 2019 when involved in a bicycle accident. Yet, many don’t immediately realize that constant headaches are also a type of bicycle accident injury and can be a serious issue if left untreated.
Suppose you have recently been in a bicycle accident and suffer from recurring headaches two weeks after your accident. In that case, there are a few steps you need to follow, especially if you want to sue for your headaches.
In our article, we will look at the steps you need to follow alongside the legal aspects surrounding claiming compensation for your frequent headaches. If you decide to seek a case assessment, you can speak with a Tampa bike accident lawyer from Hancock Injury Attorneys. The attorneys at this firm are well versed in the bicycle laws and helping cyclists claim compensation for headache injuries.
The Steps You Need to Take if You’re Suffering From Constant Headaches After A Bicycle Accident
Below, we have created a brief list surrounding the four steps you need to take if you’re suffering constant headaches after a bicycle accident.
Visit Your Doctor
First and perhaps most importantly, you need to visit your doctor after a bicycle accident if you’re experiencing frequent headaches. This is because there are many instances where recurring headaches can be an indicator of other health problems. For example:
- You could have blood vessel inflammation that can include strokes.
- You could be experiencing low or high intracranial pressure.
- You could have meningitis or other infections.
- You could have brain damage.
- You could have a mild, moderate, or severe traumatic brain injury.
- You could have a concussion or post-concussion syndrome.
Yet what is classified as frequent recurring headaches? According to experts, if you have been in a bicycle accident and are experiencing more than two headaches each week, you need to visit your doctor.
Additionally, if you need to take pain medication to manage your headache symptoms or struggle with particularly intense headaches, you need to speak with your doctor. Moreover, visiting your doctor will ensure you have a record stating that the headaches you’re suffering from have been caused by your bicycle accident.
Avoid Things That You Know Trigger Your Headaches
After speaking with your doctor about your injury, you will likely be advised to avoid things that trigger your headaches. Suppose you have a severe injury because of your bicycle accident that will involve semi-permanent or permanent headaches. In that case, you’ll need to always avoid the things that trigger your headaches.
If you avoid your triggers, it’s possible that you can avoid suffering from constant headaches or reduce the severity of your headaches. Some of the common headache triggers include:
- Intense physical exercise or activity.
- Bright lights.
- Certain foods.
- Reading for long periods, especially on digital devices.
- Electronic screens like your mobile phone.
- Alcohol consumption.
Make Sure You’re Getting Enough Sleep And Manage Your Pain
One of the best ways you can steadily promote healing and manage your headaches (depending on their severity) after a bicycle accident is to ensure you get enough sleep and take the recommended medications.
When you sleep, you manage the pain associated with the headaches you’re suffering from. In addition to this, sleep is known to help repair the damage done if you are suffering headaches because of a traumatic brain injury.
Consult Your Attorney
Recurring headaches for more than two weeks after a bicycle accident can be cause for concern. After speaking with your doctor, it’s a good idea to consult an attorney to determine if you can claim compensation for your headache-related injuries caused by your bicycle accident.
With an attorney’s help, you could claim compensation for past and future medical bills, property damages, loss of income, and wages. Of course, this is dependent on if another party is at fault for your headaches. An attorney can help determine fault and help you establish if you have a valid case and are eligible to potentially obtain compensation.
Can You Sue for Recurring Headaches After A Bicycle Accident?
Although an attorney is one of the only people who can tell you if you have a valid bicycle accident case, it’s likely that if you were injured because of someone else’s negligence, you could sue.
Additionally, it is possible for you to sue because of recurring headaches after a bicycle accident if they result from an injury.
For example, you can sue if you suffered whiplash, a concussion, or a traumatic brain injury because of someone else’s negligence in your bicycle accident.
Speak With a Tampa Bicycle Accident Lawyer Today
Should you have recently been involved in a bicycle accident, you have the right to file a personal injury lawsuit for your headaches if they are being caused because of your injuries. When you’re ready to seek compensation, you can speak with a Florida attorney from Hancock Injury Attorneys.
Our qualified lawyers have handled numerous headache personal injury cases that have been caused by bicycle accidents. Get in contact with us at our law firm at your earliest convenience to discuss your case.