Memory loss after a car accident could be a clear sign of a traumatic head injury that needs immediate treatment. People who experience memory loss after a car accident find it difficult to remember names, events or even locations.
The only way to diagnose the extent of a head injury is to carry out various medical tests such as CT scans, MRI, X-rays and so on. Car accidents remain the leading cause of traumatic brain injuries in the United States according to the CDC.
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3 Types Of Memory Loss
The three types of memory loss are:
Retrogade amnesia: This is the loss of memories that were formed before the traumatic head injury in the car accident.
Post-traumatica amnesia: this is a state of confusion or memory loss immediately after the head injury in the auto accident.
Anterograde amnesia: It is the loss of ability to form memories for a period of time after the head injury. The victim is unable to remember a period of time after the accident. It happens to be the most common type of memory loss after a traumatic head injury.
See a doctor immediately if you are experiencing memory loss after an accident even if you feel fine. Some symptoms seem minor but they could be a sign of serious injuries that only get worse if left untreated.
Symptoms Of Head Injury
There are neurological and non-neurological symptoms of a head injury. Memory loss which could also be described as trouble to remember things is a neurological symptom. Other neurological symptoms include:
- Delayed reaction time
- Anxiety or nervousness
- Difficulty concentrating
- Difficulty focusing
- Difficulty remembering or finding words
The non-neurological symptoms are more overt and can be observed easier than neurological symptoms of head injuries. These symptoms include:
There are many other minor and severe non-neurological and neurological symptoms of a head injury.
Recovering From Memory Loss
A qualified medical professional will carry out tests to diagnose your injury and after that prescribe the appropriate treatment. The most likely treatment approach that your doctor will prescribe will be multi-faceted. Your doctor may suggest bed rest together with medication and therapy. Therapy may involve using certain games or tasks that improve your ability to concentrate. Memories can begin returning or healing on their own especially for Individuals with minor head injuries.
Memory loss treatment costs a lot of money, which means you should never assume that the health insurance you carry can cover all those costs. You should also know that there is a statute of limitations for suing the negligent party that caused your injuries. So, immediately after seeing a doctor make sure you call a lawyer so that you can file a lawsuit to get compensation.
Frequently Asked Questions
Can whiplash damage my memory?
Cognitive complaints in patients after a whiplash injury is a controversial subject. Generally, the cognitive complaints related to post-whiplash patients can be attributed to chronic pain. See a doctor immediately if you are experiencing any such symptoms. Do not rely on any medical statement found on this website.
How often do car crashes cause short term memory loss?
Memory loss can result from a hard blow to the head. Memory loss related to car accident injuries is not uncommon.
Should I call my lawyer first, or my doctor first?
Always seek medical attention first.
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