We wrote a post not too long ago about traumatic brain injuries (TBIs), many of which are caused by car accidents. One of the most common symptoms of a TBI is memory loss, which is often difficult to diagnose and can be even harder to treat. If you’ve been in a car accident and are wondering if you may be suffering from memory loss, we hope that this post gets you pointed in the right direction.
The Symptoms of Memory Loss
Memory loss can often be difficult to detect as the symptoms are mostly subjective. Even after an accident, many victims don’t want to admit to themselves that they are having memory problems, let alone anyone else. The accident may have also caused the victim to suffer from anxiety or depression as a result of the accident, which can also mask the symptoms of memory loss. Here are some common symptoms of memory loss following an accident:
- Difficulty concentrating or focusing on tasks
- Clouded thinking
- Feelings of confusion, inability to organize your thoughts
Victims often feel embarrassed by their memory loss and worry that no one will believe them or take their problems seriously. Memory loss may not be as obvious as a broken arm, but it can be just as serious, if not more. Trust your instincts and talk to your doctor. Ultimately, you may need to consult with a neurologist.
Three Kinds of Memory Loss
Memory loss can manifest itself in one of the following ways:
- Anterograde amnesia, where the victim loses the ability to form memories for a period of time soon after the accident. This is the most common form of memory loss for car accident victims.
- Post-traumatic amnesia, when the victim can’t remember the time period immediately following the car accident. This can include total or partial memory loss as well as general confusion.
- Retrograde amnesia, when the victim suffers a loss of memories from prior to the car accident.
If you or someone you love is experiencing symptoms that sound similar to the above, you should seek medical treatment as soon as possible. Not only is memory loss a serious medical problem, but it may also indicate that you’re suffering from some other brain injury.
Contact an Atlanta Area Brain Injury Attorney Today to Schedule a Free Case Evaluation
Memory loss and other brain injuries can severely limit your quality of life and jeopardize your future. If you or a loved one have been in a car accident caused by someone else’s negligence, you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries and other losses. Unfortunately, getting the compensation you deserve is not easy.
The attorneys at Slappey & Sadd help accident victims in the Atlanta area and across the state of Georgia. If you’ve been injured and are wondering what to do next, give us a call. One of our attorneys can evaluate your case and explain your options. To schedule a free consultation, call us today at 888-474-9616 or just send us an email.