Amnesia Following a Car Accident
You’re not alone when you’ve suffered a traumatic brain injury (TBI) following a car accident. Indeed, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), car crashes are the primary cause of TBIs which lead to emergency room visits, hospitalizations, and fatalities. Memory loss and amnesia are among the most common symptoms of a TBI. If you were in an auto accident that caused some form of TBI, memory loss, or amnesia, you should seek medical attention and contact an experienced personal injury attorney as soon as possible.
TBI and Amnesia
Car accidents resulting in TBI can ultimately result in serious and irreversible damage. Even within the medical community, the treatment plan isn’t always well defined, and will likely depend specifically on a victim’s symptoms and the severity of those symptoms. Some of the signs may not start showing up for days or even weeks following an accident. In some instances, the person may not recognize the severity of their TBI themselves.
One of the main problems experienced by people with a TBI is loss of memory or different forms and levels of amnesia. Amnesia symptoms can be ambiguous and challenging to identify, diagnose and effectively treat. Any type of memory loss, however, can have a devastating impact on the life of a person, and impact on their future.
Traumatic brain injuries have different effects on different people, and the severity varies greatly. However, different forms of amnesia and memory loss may occur following a car accident or other traumatic event.
- Anterograde amnesia. This is the most prevalent form of memory loss that car crash victims may experience. For these cases, the ability of a survivor to process or construct memories may be lost for a period of time after the car crash.
- Post-traumatic amnesia. When a car accident victim experiences distress and confusion following a car accident, it may be post-traumatic amnesia. Furthermore, this form of amnesia is not a complete memory loss but just a memory loss for a brief period of time after the car accident.
- Retrograde amnesia. When a victim of a car accident not only has short-term memory loss, but also doesn’t seem to have memories from before the car accident, they may have retrograde amnesia.
If a survivor of a car accident starts to have the inability to concentrate or think clearly, memory failure, short-term or long-term memory loss, difficulty focusing, confusion, or inability to remember memories they may be suffering from amnesia, and should seek medical evaluation and treatment as soon as possible. The longer the symptoms go untreated, the more the problems of TBI and amnesia can become chronic in the future or worsen.
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If you suffered a traumatic brain injury or any kind of amnesia following a car accident, you may have the right to receive compensation for your medical bills, loss of work, or your pain and suffering. Contact one of our personal injury attorneys at the O’Donnell Law Offices at 570-821-5717 or online today to help you understand your legal rights and how you can receive compensation for your injuries due to someone else’s negligence. We proudly serve clients in Kingston, Wilkes Barre, Hazleton, and Pittston.