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Can a Brain Injury Lead to Memory Loss?

On Behalf of Gierth-Eddy Law Offices, PLLC Nov. 30, 2020

Washington residents like you have a long road to recovery after a crash. Some injuries have a much more significant, long-lasting impact than others. Among the most long-lasting are brain injuries.

But how do brain injuries affect you in the long term? One way is through your memory.

How Memory Ties to Brain Health

The Model Systems Knowledge Translation Center examines brain trauma and memory loss. Short term memory loss may happen after brain trauma. You can find short term memory storage in the front part of the brain. This area often suffers the worst and most damage in a head injury. Long term memory sometimes suffers, but this is not as common.

Short term memory loss from a head injury can vary greatly in how long it lasts. Some victims suffer from acute memory loss that lasts days or weeks. Others experience prolonged issues that can last months or years. For some cases, victims end up with permanent memory damage.

Symptoms of Memory Damage

Common symptoms include:

  • Brain fog

  • An inability to concentrate

  • Forgetting things you heard seconds ago

  • Misplacing important items

  • Missing appointments

  • Forgetting to write down things you need to remember later

If you suffer from permanent memory damage, you must restructure your life to accommodate this issue. For some, this means letting go of a previous job. For others, it means implementing memory aids like the use of calendars or task apps on your phone.

Memory loss can create a huge disturbance in your daily life. This is why sufferers like you seek financial compensation, which helps you cover medical expenses and any money lost from a lack of work.