Humanity cherishes the immortal effect of memory. We respond emotionally to nostalgia and helplessly indulge in reminiscence with old friends. Unfortunately, this simple pleasure is commonly ripped away from individuals through accidents resulting in memory loss. Even small-scale memory loss has persistent effects. Consider the plausibility of the below scenario.

You’ve paused at a red light, and you briefly notice screeching breaks. The vehicle in your rear view mirror is careening toward you and plows into the back of your car. As your hands fly upward, your vehicle helplessly jerks into the car ahead of you and your head violently snaps toward the steering wheel. Later, when officers ask you how fast you were going, you can’t remember that you were stopped and your head is pounding. A week later you are still unable to recall the details of your accident, and that throbbing headache becomes part of your daily routine. Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) cause life-altering side effects, and one very serious complication that arises from TBIs is memory loss.

Effects of Memory Impairment

Inability to recall a simple phone number or the proceedings of the day you publicly declared your vows is understandably frustrating. Individuals who suffered traumatic brain injuries can experience memory loss at any stage of the injury or healing progression. traumatic brain injuries ranging from mild concussions to serious brain injuries can cause individuals to experience a wide array of memory issues, loss and even disabilities.

TBIs can cause many cognitive symptoms and impairments. After an individual is involved in an accident, swelling from the trauma can put pressure on the middle of the brain, restricting the flow of information. In many cases, once the swelling decreases, the memories will return. However, for some individuals, the memories may never resurface. The complete loss of memories results from torn fibers in the brain that are no longer able to make the necessary connections to access the memories.

Many TBI patients experience a condition called Post-traumatic amnesia (PTA). PTA can commonly occur when a victim has been involved in a car accident and received a traumatic brain injury. When an individual is unable to recall the events leading up to the TBI, it is known as retrograde amnesia. Contrariwise, when an individual is unable to recall the events that have occurred following an accident that resulted in a traumatic brain injury, it is called anterograde amnesia. Memories lost during anterograde amnesia are never regained due to incorrect encoding in the brain.

Active Measures Toward Health

Regardless of the amount of memory loss, it can become very difficult to carry on with everyday life. Performing menial tasks such as walking the dog, turning the stove off, or simply trying to recall the location of your loved one’s celebratory dinner can become brick walls of frustration. Memory loss has negative impacts at every level and facet of life. At the Law Offices of Richard Serpe, we are experienced with helping individuals who have suffered traumatic brain injuries due to the negligence of others. We should never have to suffer the loss of memories and the impact it has on those who love us.


How a Brain Injury Lawyer Can Help You

If you’ve sustained a brain injury because of an accident that was caused by someone else, you may want to contact a brain injury lawyer. While we cannot change what has happened to you, we can help you to obtain compensation for the proper medical care you deserve now and may need in the future. Contact our office to discuss your situation with an experienced Virginia brain injury lawyer. You can setup a free consultation by calling 877-544-5323 or by clicking here to e-mail us.