Forgetfulness isn’t just an aging issue

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As people age, they tend to have trouble with their memories. Some people just forget where they put their glasses, while others have dementia or Alzheimer’s disease. The point is that the severity of memory issues can vary widely.

The same could happen if you suffered a moderate to severe traumatic brain injury. Memory problems are more common than you may realize when it comes to this type of injury. The question is how severe the condition is and whether you can do anything to manage your memory loss in order to live your life much as you did before your injury.

The relationship between TBI and memory

The first thing you need to know is that you are in good company when it comes to memory issues associated with your TBI. They are quite common. Even though medical science knows quite a bit about the brain, some aspects remain a mystery. For instance, doctors may know that you could have issues with the learning and memory depending on what part of your brain suffered damage, but they may not know whether you will achieve a full recovery.

If you suffered a moderate to severe TBI, you may have no memory of the accident that led to your injury. You may regain those memories within days or weeks after, but you may never remember what happened. No one can predict these types of outcomes. You may need to rely on friends, family and others to understand how you ended up in this condition.

Short-term memory

If you are reading this article, then your long-term memories are largely intact. You probably didn’t forget how to read, write and do some math. However, it’s very possible that your short-term memory now suffers. More people experience issues with short-term memory than they do with long-term memory. Short-term memory problems you could experience include the following:

  • You may forget where you left items such as your glasses (if you wear them), your keys and other items.
  • You may fail to pass on a phone message or forget to call someone back.
  • You could lose track of time or forget what day it is.
  • You could forget all or part of a movie, TV show or book that you recently viewed or read.
  • You may forget what you did yesterday, last week or even a few hours ago.
  • You may ask the same questions multiple times or repeat yourself.

You may also forget to remember things like tasks you were to perform or places you were supposed to go. You may find a way to work around these memory issues, but if you can’t, it could affect your ability to work and interfere with your personal life. Amid your frustration with these issues, you may discover that another person’s actions led to your current condition. As such, you may benefit from enlisting the help of an experienced attorney to pursue the compensation you deserve from the at fault party.

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Jeffrey R. Smith

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Robert J. Waldsmith

Partner, 1999

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