A traumatic brain injury can occur when the head is stricken, suddenly jerked, or penetrated by a foreign object. The injury can be in the range of mild to severe. During a mild brain injury, the loss of full conscious awareness will persist for a short amount of time. When a severe brain injury is inflicted there will be memory loss or extended unconsciousness for a prolonged period of time after the injury was inflicted. 1.4 million Americans are reported to sustain a traumatic brain injury every year, 280,000 of which are caused by auto collisions.
Memory Loss Linked to Car Wrecks
One of the most frequently stated complaints from survivors of brain injury is reduced memory capacity. Statistics suggest that 70% of TBI survivors continue to experience memory problems 1-year post injury. Although the degree and nature of memory impairments varies in each situation, there are common patterns. Types of memory loss including:
- Immediate Memory (also known as working memory). This type of memory involves the processing of sensory information via the five senses. It also includes the ability to remember a small piece of information for a short period of time (for example, memorizing an address long enough to type it into a GPS device).
- Sort-term Memory. This type of memory allows us to process and remember information for hours or days at a time (ex. Remembering an appointment you have later in the week).
- Long-term Memory. This type can be broken down into several sub- types, such as: episodic memory (remembering life events, such as birthdays), semantic memory (remembering facts), procedural memory (remembering how to perform tasks like riding a bike), prospective memory (remembering to do something later).
The type of memory impacted depends on the unique head injury. The brain is an incredibly complex structure, and each injury is different. Sometimes a person will lose their immediate memory for a time after an auto crash while another person may lose their ability to remember past life event
Contact a Dallas Auto Collision Attorney
If you or someone you love was injured in an auto collision and suffered memory loss it is important to speak to an experienced Dallas auto wreck attorney as soon as possible. Your memory loss may be temporary, but in many instances victims of traumatic brain injury suffer life-long difficulties and the individual responsible should be held accountable for their actions. An experienced Dallas car wreck attorney can review your case and determine what individual or business entity may be responsible for your injuries, damages and even lost wages. To schedule a free consultation with one of our Dallas auto collision lawyers, call Clements & Clements today at 214-827-1122 or send us an email through our online contact form.