Can a Car Accident Cause Occipital Neuralgia?

A car accident can cause occipital neuralgia when it results in a head or neck injury. Occipital neuralgia is a medical condition where the nerves that run through your scalp, known as the occipital nerves, become injured or inflamed. This causes you to suffer headaches that feel like extreme piercing, throbbing, or shock-like pain in your upper neck, the back of your head, or behind your ears. 

You can also experience pain behind your eye on the affected side of your head. Patients often describe the pain as migraine-like.  Some people report experiencing cluster headaches. 

What is the average payout for a head injury?

There is no “average” payout for a head injury, as settlement amounts will vary widely.  It not only depends on the seriousness of the injury and its long-term effects on your life, but it also depends on who the defendant is and their insurance coverage. The minimum auto insurance policy in Texas is $30,000.  Commercial vehicles require a lot more.

Head injuries range from mild concussions to severe traumatic brain injury (TBI) resulting in cognitive impairment, memory loss, and altered behavior. Given the broad spectrum of head injuries that a car accident victim can suffer, settlements for these types of injuries can range from thousands to millions.

In head injury cases, there are two categories of compensable losses, also known as “damages.” Economic damages are quantifiable losses caused by the injury, whereas non-economic damages are are more subjective and not easily quantifiable. 

Some common examples of economic damages in head injury cases include lost wages, lost earning capacity, and past and future medical expenses. Non-economic damages include:

  1. Pain and suffering
  2. Mental anguish
  3. Diminished quality of life
  4. Loss of consortium, society, and companionship
  5. Emotional distress
  6. Permanent impairment

The payout in your head injury case should account for both the economic and non-economic damages you suffered as a result of your accident. Letting an experienced head injury attorney negotiate on your behalf can greatly increase the settlement your receive for Occipital Neuralgia or head injury case. 

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