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Can a brain injury take your memories?

You strike your head in a car accident and lose consciousness. When you wake up in the hospital, you can’t remember anything. Not just the car accident. Many of your memories are missing. What happened? 

You may have suffered a serious brain injury in that crash. Those with severe head injuries often report memory problems. In most cases, your oldest memories are preserved, but you could still lose quite a lot. These memories may never return. Every TBI (traumatic brain injury) is different, but healing can be incomplete or may not happen at all in some areas. 

Can you make new memories after a brain injury?

Another way that a head injury can impact you is by making it more difficult to make new memories. You may feel like you’re constantly forgetting everything. It’s out of your control. Your brain simply is not storing that data, even though you’re healthy enough to process it at the time. 

This is far from a minor issue, as the changes this can bring to your life are dramatic. You can miss key appointments, find it impossible to continue your chosen career and see personal relationships decline. You may physically recover from that accident, but that doesn’t mean things will be the same. You have an “invisible” injury that you’re going to have to deal with for the rest of your life. 

Because of this, you need to know all of the legal options you have to seek compensation from the driver who caused the accident. This could help to cover medical bills, lost wages, lost earning potential and much more.