Memory Problems After a Traumatic Brain Injury

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Memory problems are common after a traumatic brain injury. A moderate or a severe brain injury may damage parts of your brain that control memory and learning.

Traumatic brain injuries are complicated. Sufferers can experience a wide range of cognitive problems. At the Smith Law Center, we have handled these injuries for years. Our trial lawyers are familiar with all the symptoms of TBIs and the severe impact these injuries have on the life of a sufferer. 

What Types of Memory Problems Are Common After a TBI? 

It’s common for people who sustain a TBI to not be able to recall the car accident or another kind of incident that caused their injury.

However, memory problems often continue weeks, months or even years after the accident associated with a brain injury.

Memory problems associated with a brain injury are not like classic amnesia. Your past memories are not wiped out. Often people who suffer memory problems associated with a TBI have vivid memories of the past but can’t recall what they are meant to be doing that day. Things you learned from the past such as in school studies are known as long-term memories.

In the aftermath of a traumatic brain injury, you may struggle to learn or pick up new information. Often TBI sufferers fail to stay on top of what’s going on day-to-day. People who suffer a TBI in a car, truck, motorcycle wreck, an industrial accident, or a slip and fall may suffer the following memory problems:

·      Forgetting aspects of a book or TV show you watched;

·      Not recalling what you ate for breakfast or lunch;

·      Forgetting where you left items such as car keys;

·      Not being able to recall what you said earlier in the day or last week;

·      Being unable to recall or trace a route you took;

·      Losing all track of time.

Issues with Remembering to Remember 

People who suffer a traumatic brain injury often struggle to keep appointments or remember things they were meant to remember. This is known as prospective memory. The issues may include:

  • Forgetting to keep appointments at your job;

  • Forgetting to pick up children from school or daycare;

  • Telling someone you visit them or call them at a certain time and forgetting to do so;

  • Forgetting chores around the home or community appointments;

  • Forgetting family celebrations, birthdays or other anniversaries;

  • Not remembering to take your medication at the correct time.

False Memories after a Traumatic Brain Injury

TBIs may also cause a patient to experience false memories. An article in Brainline describes two common complaints called confabulation and perseveration. Fortunately, these false memory conditions are usually temporary.

Confabulation is also known as false memory. Imagination and memory are confused. A TBI sufferer who is struggling to explain confusion and loses memories, may create a fantasy. The patient fails to realize that he or she was injured and ended up in a hospital bed.  Brainline described how some TBI victims even falsely believed they were being held prisoner and are the subjects of bizarre experiments.

Perseveration describes the constant repetition of a response. It could be an expression, a gesture or a word.  The TBI sufferer may respond to a question and repeat the answer again and again, even after the questioner has left.

How to Treat Memory Problems After a TBI

There is no magic treatment to memory loss after a traumatic brain injury. If the victim suffered a severe traumatic brain injury, he or she may never properly recover the powers of memory. Fortunately, many TBI sufferers make a recovery although it can be a long process.

Your memory will work better if you make the following lifestyle choices: 

·       Stop pushing yourself too hard. Take the recovery process slowly.

·       Get plenty of sleep;

·       Manage your stress and anxiety;

·       Avoid alcohol. Exercise regularly and eat healthily. 

Traumatic brain injuries can cause a wide range of cognitive issues including poor memory and concentration, lack of social awareness, anger and depression. The attorneys at the Smith Law Center have decades of experience in helping people who suffer from TBIs to recover what they deserve. 

Hire an Experienced Virginia Brain Injury Trial Lawyer Today

Stephen M. Smith, of the Smith Law Center, is an internationally recognized expert in traumatic brain injury litigation He has four decades of experience with TBI cases and has secured jury verdicts up to $60 million. Mr. Smith and his team of experienced lawyers handle lawsuits across the country and the world. He is sought out by other lawyers.

Call us today at 757.244.7000 to speak with an attorney about how to seek compensation for a traumatic brain injury. All consultations are free and without obligation.