Sleeping A Lot After a Car Accident? What it Could Mean?

Oct 18, 2019 Car Accidents    Legal Blog    Ohio Personal Injury    Traumatic Brain Injury

Posted by: Kisling, Nestico & Redick, LLC

Car accidents can leave you with serious injuries that can affect your everyday life. Unfortunately, some of these injuries are not immediately apparent and come with symptoms that we don’t experience until a few days or even weeks later.

For instance, if you find yourself sleeping a lot after a car accident, you may be wondering why. Below, we’ll discuss the possible answer, but if you’ve been hurt in a car crash caused by another party’s negligence, consult the experienced Ohio car accident lawyers at Kisling, Nestico & Redick. We can ensure your rights are protected.

Call us at 1-800-HURT-NOW today to set up a free, no-risk consultation.

You May Have a Concussion

A concussion is a mild traumatic brain injury often caused by a blow to the head in a car accident. It can lead to devastating consequences if it’s not properly diagnosed. Unfortunately, this injury is often undiagnosed because car accident victims are not aware of what signs and symptoms to look for.

If you have a concussion, you may experience a disruption in sleeping patterns. This means, you may have trouble falling asleep, you are sleeping a lot more than normal, or you are sleeping less than usual.

Other common signs and symptoms of a concussion include headaches, confusion, ringing in your ears, nausea and vomiting, loss of consciousness, and delayed response to questions. Over time, a concussion may also lead to more serious symptoms such as concentration and memory problems, light and noise sensitivity, and personality changes.

If you find yourself sleeping a lot after a car accident, it’s a good idea to see a doctor as soon as possible. They can perform a neurological evaluation and some imaging tests to determine whether or not you have a concussion.

How is a Concussion Treated?

In the event you are diagnosed with a concussion, your doctor will likely recommend rest. You’ll be encouraged to take time off of physical activities like exercise and sports until these activities no longer prompt your symptoms.

Giving your brain a break will be just as important as giving your body a break. Your doctor will likely suggest that you limit activities that require concentration and thinking like texting, reading, using a computer, and playing video games.

You may also have to take some time off work or school until you recover. The good news is that you may be able to gradually incorporate more activities that involve physical activity and thinking into your schedule as your symptoms improve.

You’ll need to visit your doctor on a regular basis so they can evaluate your progress and determine when your concussion has been fully treated. Fortunately, most concussions don’t require surgery or other invasive medical treatment.

Seek Medical Attention Right Away

After a car accident, it’s important to visit a doctor within 72 hours. If the crash left you with a condition like a concussion and you wait longer to seek medical attention or fail to do so altogether, you put your health and legal rights at risk.

If you choose to file a claim with the liable party’s insurance company yet haven’t pursued immediate medical attention, they may state that the accident did not leave you with any injuries and deny your claim or give you a low-ball offer as a result.

Contact Kisling, Nestico & Redick

If you’ve been hurt in a car accident and believe you have a concussion, it is in your best interest to contact Kisling, Nestico & Redick. We have helped many car accident victims with concussions move forward with their life through our skilled legal representation.

Call us at 1-800-HURT-NOW to learn about your legal options in a free consultation. There are no up-front costs and you owe nothing unless we recover compensation.