Brain Injury & Memory Loss Explained

One symptom that people commonly experience after a brain injury is memory loss or difficulty retaining memories. Our ability to remember things is far more complicated than most people think. Often, we speak of our memory in terms of whether it is “good” or “bad,” but there is more to how our brain functions that affects our ability to process memories. In this blog, we explain more about brain injuries and memory loss.

Why Am I Losing My Memory After My Injury?

There are a few reason why a severe brain injury will cause a person to lose their memory. For the most part, memory loss occurs because the brain has been damaged in a way that delays or prevents the transportation of information. Our brains are a complex system of information that is always on the move. When your brain is injured in an accident, it can make it difficult for information to get to where it needs to go, which creates memory problems.

A brain injury can affect your cognitive abilities, including your ability to make choices and comprehend and retain information. People who suffer severe head injuries and have trouble with their memory often have difficulty with the following things:

  • Language and speech
  • Concentrating or paying attention
  • Controlling emotions and impulses
  • Understanding new information
  • Communicating with other people
  • Decision-making or problem-solving
  • Organizing and planning

Many of these cognitive functions are considered “building blocks” for others, which means it is possible to experience multiple symptoms for one injury.

Types of Memory Loss

The three types of memory and memory loss are:

  • Immediate Memory: Even without suffering a brain injury, our immediate memories can only be retained for a limited amount of time. Immediate memory is our ability to remember information that has been given to us within a few minutes, such as repeating an address after you were recently given directions.
  • Short-Term Memory: This is the most common type of memory loss for people who have experienced a brain injury. Short-term memory refers to a person’s ability to remember information after 30 minutes. It is possible for a person to have good immediate memory, but poor short-term memory.
  • Long-Term Memory: This refers to our ability to recall information days, weeks, or even years after an event has taken place. People suffering from long-term memory loss tend to describe the feeling of time flying by because they are unable to recall those memories.

If a person is diagnosed with amnesia after suffering a brain injury, it means they have lost their ability to access their stored memories. There are two types of amnesia:

  • Retrograde: Affects memories prior to the accident.
  • Anterior: Affects memories after the accident.

As a person’s brain heals, it is common for their memories to slowly return.

Get Help With Your Accident Claim Today

If you have suffered a severe head injury in an accident, our team of New York City personal injury lawyers can help you hold the negligent party responsible and recover compensation for your damages. At Lurie, Ilchert, MacDonnell & Ryan LLP, we have the resources you need to investigate your accident, collect evidence, and negotiate a fair settlement with insurance carriers. Let us help you obtain the compensation you deserve for your brain injury.

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