brain injury can cause a variety of symptoms and health complications, ranging from
mild to severe and temporary to permanent. Some brain injuries will result
in a loss of motor skills. Others can cause speech impediments that make
As varied as brain injury symptoms may be, there is often a common thread
among all cases: memory loss.
Memory Functions Lost Due to Brain Injury
A traumatic brain injury (TBI) is nearly guaranteed to damage some sort
of memory function in the brain. However, even a mild TBI, like a concussion,
can create problems with memory in patients.
The Model Systems Knowledge Translation Center (MSKTC) is an organization
that gathers, analyzes, and publishes information, data, and studies related to
severe injuries, including
spinal cord injuries,
burns, and brain injuries. According to their
research, a single TBI can affect essentially all types of memory.
If you are living with a brain injury, you might struggle with:
Long-term memory: If your long-term memory is jeopardized from a brain injury, you may experience
significant difficulty with creating new memories and remembering new
information. Finding and starting a new job becomes all the more difficult
while living with long-term memory loss.
Short-term memory: People who have short-term memory loss often struggle with small tasks
that we all take for granted. For example, short-term memory loss may
cause you to forget everyday items like your house keys, or you could
be unable to remember the day. Short-term memory loss can be very frustrating,
as it becomes difficult to feel grounded in a moment.
Prospective memory: Your prospective memory is what makes you remember things, like when to
take your prescription or when to get gas for your vehicle. A brain injury
can dampen your prospective memory, turning day-to-day routines into a struggle.
Injury memory: Many brain injury survivors do not remember the accident that caused their
brain injury. Injury memory loss is extremely problematic if you want
to file an injury claim against the party that caused your accident. Trying
to describe what happened in a deposition, for example, could be impossible,
or you may give unintentionally inconsistent statements because you simply
cannot recall the fine details of the accidents.
Factoring Memory Loss into Your Damages
If you are filing a
personal injury claim against the party that caused your brain injury, then the consequences
of your memory loss must be factored into your damages. Attempting to
treat memory loss can result in large medical bills due to specialized
treatments and ongoing rehabilitation, of course. But the noneconomic
damages caused by your memory loss may be even more costly.
Struggling to hold a conversation due to short-term memory loss can feel
defeating. Frequently missing appointments because of prospective memory
loss is frustrating. Finding yourself unable to learn and enjoy new topics
can be discouraging. All of the hardships and low moments caused by your
memory loss associated with your brain injury should all be calculated
into your noneconomic damages, as well as the same sorts of duress you
will experience for years to come.
At The Stewart Law Firm, PLLC in Austin,
our brain injury lawyers have decades of experience managing high-stakes, high-value injury claims,
including TBI claims. If you are suffering from memory loss, let us know
512.271.5112. When we are representing you, we will fight for every last penny of compensation
you deserve, factoring in both economic and noneconomic damages. We are
here to support you through and through, from the start of your case to
You don’t pay us unless we win your case. Contact our firm
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