Sleeping a lot could signal that you have a concussion or another traumatic brain injury. If you were recently in a traffic collision, you should see a doctor as soon as possible. They will likely want to run some scans of your brain and discuss other symptoms you are having.
Closed head wounds and brain injuries are not uncommon after car crashes, and symptoms may not be obvious for hours or even days afterward. They are one reason you may want to get medical care following a collision, even if you are not sure you have any serious injuries.
Signs of Concussions Often Include Excessive Sleepiness
Since the signs of a brain injury may not be obvious immediately, you should continue to monitor yourself for symptoms for the first few days following an accident. In addition to feeling groggy, sluggish, or sleepy, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that a concussion can cause:
- Memory loss around the time of the accident
- Feeling dazed
- Clumsy coordination, balance issues
- Loss of consciousness
- Nausea or vomiting
- Blurry vision
- Sensitivity to bright light or loud noise
Treatment and Long-Term Outcomes of Head Injuries
Most people who receive a concussion diagnosis recover and return to their normal activities within a week or two. However, moderate or severe brain injuries can cause long-term and permanent disabilities.
Serious brain injuries may require hospitalization, surgery, therapies, inpatient rehabilitation, in-home nursing support, and other treatment. Long-lasting changes could affect:
- Movement and control of the body
- Coordination, agility, and speed
- Concentration and attention span
- Speech and writing
- Cognitive activities
- Mood and behavior
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Get Medical Care ASAP If You Have Signs of a Concussion
If you or a loved one is sleeping a lot after a car accident, you should go to your closest emergency department or see your trusted family doctor right away. Diagnosing and treating a concussion as soon as possible may improve outcomes.
Since the symptoms generally continue to worsen as swelling in the brain increases, it may be possible to prevent further damage. Even if you saw a doctor immediately following the crash, it pays to follow up with someone who can evaluate your symptoms and order medical imaging to rule out a concussion or serious traumatic brain injury.
Why Medical Care Is Vital After Any Accident
It is imperative that you see a doctor as soon as possible following a traffic collision where injuries are possible. There are several reasons why this is the best course of action:
To Begin Your Treatment Right Away
It is best to begin treatment for any injury as soon as possible. Getting a diagnosis and treatment plan in place can prevent further pain and suffering, help you heal faster, and stop any additional damage from occurring.
To Identify Any Hidden Injuries
Some serious injuries – including many brain injuries – may not be apparent immediately following the accident. A thorough assessment after an accident can identify or rule out injuries without early symptoms, including internal bleeding, concussions, and more.
To Document the Physical Harm You Suffered
Documenting your injuries is also a crucial part of your personal injury insurance claim. By seeing a doctor in the hours following a crash, or as soon as symptoms appear, you can link your injuries to the collision and document the physical harm you suffered.
Contacting a Car Accident Lawyer’s Office About Your Personal Injury Claim
If you suffered injuries in your car crash caused by another driver, that motorist may be financially responsible for your medical care and other expenses. You can speak with our personal injury law firm about your case for free. We offer complimentary case reviews.
An attorney from our team may be able to file an auto insurance claim or civil suit to pursue compensation for your:
- Emergency department visit
- Doctor’s bills
- Hospital stay
- Therapy and rehabilitation
- Lost wages, benefits, and other income
- Diminished income, if you do not return to your job
- Property damages
- Pain and suffering
Connect with our law firm as soon as you can after your diagnosis and treatment or while your loved one undergoes the necessary care and rehabilitation for catastrophic injuries. Deadlines may apply when filing a lawsuit against the at-fault driver. These vary by state law but include:
- One year in Louisiana, La. Civ. Code Art. 3492
- Two years in Alabama, Ala. Code § 6-2-38
- Three years in Arkansas, Ark. Code Ann. § 16-56-105
- Three years in Mississippi, Miss. Code Ann. § 15-1-49
Exceptions could leave you with even less time to file a lawsuit in some cases.
Morris Bart, LLC, Provides Free Consultations for Injured Accident Victims
You can talk to us for free today to learn how an attorney can help you or a loved one who suffered a brain injury in a traffic accident. The Morris Bart law firm offers complimentary case reviews for accident victims in Alabama, Arkansas, Louisiana, and Mississippi. Call (800) 537-8185 today for your free consultation.
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