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How do brain injuries impact an accident victim's memory?

Suffering a brain injury can have countless effects on a person's health and well-being. One area of the mind that is often impacted is memory. Memory and brain injury tend to have a complicated relationship, especially after a damaging accident. Experience brain injury or brain damage may mean that a Delaware resident has trouble absorbing, recalling and retrieving information. In addition, a brain injury can also make it harder for someone to not only remember new things but also learn them in the first place.

Memory problems experienced by brain injury victims may include remembering past events from recent times. Many times, one's ability to remember events from long ago is not affected severely by a brain injury, although there are exceptions. In addition, brain injury victims may also experience difficulty remembering future events, such as an appointment scheduled for a future date. Those whose brains have been injured can also easily forget daily tasks and responsibilities.

If an accident victim already had memory problems at the time of their brain injury, the injury can worsen these existing issues. Several other factors can also worsen a memory problem for someone suffering from brain injury. These include not getting enough sleep, excess stress, another illness or poor overall health. Moreover, certain intense emotions, such as anger, can also negatively impact a memory problem. Those with trouble remembering may also find that side effects from their medications have contributed to their issue.

Memory problems following brain injury can be unpredictable; sometimes the problem will get better, while other times it can grow worse. The medical expenses associated with amnesia and other memory problems can, unfortunately, add to an accident victim's financial distress. An experienced personal injury lawyer can offer legal advice to someone suffering from brain injury as the result of another's negligence.

Source:, "Memory and Brain Injury," accessed Aug. 15, 2015

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