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Brain injury victims and the need for memory care

Memories can be cherished, painful or anywhere in between. One thing that most people would probably agree on, though, is that losing one's memories would be hugely traumatic. For victims of brain injuries, memory loss can range from mild to severe. Not everyone who experiences a brain injury will experience amnesia or other forms of memory loss, but many do. A Wilmington brain injury attorney can lead the pursuit of compensation for the often-extensive care that is needed after a memory-affecting injury.

Without one's memory functioning as it used to, seemingly simple everyday tasks can be enormously challenging. In addition, one's emotional health may be affected also, just as it can with other symptoms of brain trauma. Those suffering from amnesia may not even know who they are, let alone the identities of close family and friends. Returning to one's job can be a huge obstacle regardless of one's professional level. Moreover, memory loss can intensify over time, leading to difficulties that only seem to get worse.

Individuals who have experienced amnesia or other forms of memory loss may need a lot of help. From therapy to long-term care, the needs of accident victims can be extensive -- and costly. Some may need frequent assistance with everyday tasks while others may require a live-in caregiver. For extreme cases, nursing homes or other types of facilities may be the only feasible option.

For an accident victim, one of the worst aspects of memory loss caused by brain damage can be the fact that their state was ultimately caused by another's negligence. Victims may feel powerless to hold the negligent party accountable, even though it may be possible to do so within the legal system. Still, one suffering from memory loss will likely find the thought of a lawsuit overwhelming. An attorney with experience handling accident compensation cases can put one's mind at ease regarding how legal rights can be successfully asserted.

Source: Medline Plus, "Memory Loss," accessed Dec. 18, 2015

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