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What you should know about memory loss after a traumatic brain injury

| Apr 28, 2021 | Brain Injury |

A traumatic brain injury (TBI) can massively impact your memory. These injuries can happen in falls, car accidents, workplace accidents and in many other ways. TBIs are different for everyone, but memory issues are a common symptom that many patients must cope with.

The challenges that those individuals with memory problems face may not be identical. How a person’s symptoms manifest themselves depends on many factors, such as the severity of the injury and the part of the brain that’s involved. 

Examples of potential memory issues

If you’re looking to understand how memory problems may adversely impact your life, then you’ll want to consider the following examples:

  • Individuals who suffer from TBIs don’t often create memories that they should when a traumatic event occurs. For instance, if involved in a car accident, you may have no memory of even getting in the car, much less getting hit. 
  • TBI patients lose their short-term memory. Some individuals with TBIs struggle to make and retain new memories the way they did before their accident.  
  • Issues with daily memories aren’t uncommon among TBI patients. Doctors often refer to this as not “remembering to remember.” For instance, your spouse may tell you to take the car to the shop at four, but you’ll forget to do it. 
  • Trouble learning new skills. New skills require memory and struggling to make those memories could mean it’s harder to learn these skills, even if you’re otherwise completely capable of carrying them out. 

These types of memory issues can be difficult. They can hold you back at work; they can impact your hobbies and certainly alter your family life. 

Know that you have rights if someone’s negligence resulted in your suffering a TBI. An attorney can let you know how you’d go about recovering financial compensation if you’re successful in proving liability in your case.