Whether you are sleeping more than normal, or having trouble falling asleep and/or sleeping less than normal, any change at all could be a possible sign of head trauma and warrant a call to set up a consultation with a brain injury lawyer in Kansas City.
A brain injury lawyer is a must if you’ve been in an accident involving head trauma. In recent years, there has been a much greater focus on spreading awareness about the dangers of concussions. Many people are not aware that they have suffered a concussion at the moment of the injury. Because of this, it’s extremely important to know the signs to watch out for.
1. Loss of Consciousness
If the force of a collision is enough to make you lose consciousness from hitting your head against something, then your brain has suffered trauma. It doesn’t matter how short or long of a time you are unconscious. If you lose consciousness in a car accident in Kansas City, it’s important to contact the brain injury lawyer at Northland Injury Law. You do not have to lose consciousness to have experienced a concussion though.
2. Dizziness and Nausea
Feeling nauseous, dizzy, sensitivity to light, and vomiting are signs that something is wrong. These symptoms can occur with the loss of consciousness, but you do not have to have lost consciousness for these symptoms to be a sign of a concussion.
3. Experience Confusion and Amnesia
It is possible, following an accident, that you might not remember hitting your head at all. It could take several hours for you to become aware of a head injury. If you find that you are having trouble recalling things like the date or details about the accident, you should seek medical attention with a concussion specialist. Once you’ve been seen by a healthcare professional, a brain injury lawyer can help you decide on the next steps.
4. Seeing Stars or Hearing Ringing in Your Ears
Having bright flashes in your vision is usually associated with suffering a blow to the head, this indicates mild trauma. This occurs when motion stops suddenly, hitting your head, or any other jarring motion can jerk at your retina. This causes a signal to be sent to your brain and since your retina didn’t actually gather any visual information, your brain just interprets this signal as a flash of light.
5. Mood Changes
If you or someone else notices that you are more easily angered, or are irritable following an accident, a concussion could be involved. This can occur because damage to the part of the brain that controls emotions and behavior has occurred. There is often no specific event that will trigger emotional outbursts which may be confusing to friends and family.
6. Disturbance to Your Sleep Pattern
Headaches that worsen or will not go away and problems with balance or blurry vision are another strong sign of a concussion. This pain is possibly a sign of your brain healing from an injury to it or it could be from blood or other fluids collecting inside the skull. These headaches could last as long as three to six months.
Seizures can be a symptom of head trauma in extreme cases.
If you’ve been in an accident in North Kansas City, Gladstone, Liberty, St. Joseph, Plattsburg, Cameron, Chillicothe, Trenton, Sedalia, Warrensburg or many other areas in Missouri, the brain injury lawyer at Northland Injury Law can help. Call us at at (816) 400-4878 or click here to visit our virtual office and schedule a consultation.