As a Californian resident who has recently gotten a concussion, there are certain things you should be aware of. Brain injuries should always be treated with caution due to their location, and there are certain signs to keep an eye out for which could mean worsened damage if left untreated.

There are certain “danger signs”, according to Brainline, which could point to more serious brain injury. While simple concussions generally heal on their own, complex brain injury can include extreme dangers such as the possibility of blood clots forming. For that reason, if you experience the following symptoms, you should consider seeking medical attention. These signs include:

  • Seizures or convulsions
  • Headaches that worsen instead of going away
  • Slurred speech
  • Vomiting
  • Difficulty with balance, coordination or sensations and feelings

Additionally, you may experience mental or emotional changes. For example, if your concussion is serious, you could experience agitation or restlessness. You could also become confused.

While those are the signs that constitute immediate risk and should be treated most seriously, there are other symptoms that often occur with a concussion that aren’t as serious. This can include headaches that get better or go away in time, neck pain, a lack of energy, or difficulty sleeping. However, if even these lesser symptoms persist, it is a sign that you should get it checked out by a doctor.

Generally speaking, when it comes to head injury, “safe rather than sorry” is a good phrase to go by. Even if it feels excessive, going to a doctor the moment you believe you may have a concussion could save you a lot of trouble later down the road.