Memory Loss & Brain Injuries
According to the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, the most common cognitive impairment among severely head-injured patients is memory loss, characterized by some loss of specific memories and the partial inability to make or store new memories. This can be extremely frustrating for the patient and his or her loved ones.
At Mary Alexander & Associates, P.C., we represent traumatic brain injury (TBI) patients and their families. We have seen firsthand the effect that memory loss has on the lives of these clients. If another party’s negligence caused the TBI that injured you or your loved one, you may be entitled to compensation. Please call (415) 433-4440 or contact us online to schedule a free initial consultation with an Oakland, San Jose, San Mateo or San Francisco brain injury lawyer.
The Effects of Memory Loss
TBI can cause numerous cognitive symptoms and impairments, including memory loss. Swelling from the trauma can put pressure on the middle of the brain, restricting the flow of information to other parts of the brain. In some cases, the swelling decreases after a few days or weeks, and the memories return. Memory function can also be impaired if the brain’s fibers are torn, and it is unable to make the connections required to access memories.
Post-traumatic amnesia (PTA) is a common type of memory loss in TBI patients. If the patient cannot recall the events that happened after the TBI, he or she has anterograde PTA. Retrograde PTA occurs when the patient has an impaired memory of events that happened before the TBI. It is possible to recover memories from either type of memory loss, although the loss is permanent in some patients.
Depending on the type of memory loss a person suffers, it can be difficult to perform everyday tasks such as cooking or driving. Some TBI patients are unable to return to work or attend school after suffering memory loss. Some will need daily help from caregivers.
You will need compensation to cover the costs of medical bills, long-term care and lost income if your family member has memory loss. Speak with an attorney to learn how we may be able to help you.
Oakland, San Jose, San Mateo & San Francisco TBI Attorneys
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