The most severe form of brain injury, traumatic brain injury (TBI), often causes memory loss. Brain injuries result from high-impact forces to a person’s head during car accidents, violent attacks, slips and falls, explosive blasts, and sports injuries. This damage interferes with the normal functioning of the brain and impacts cognitive abilities and reasoning.
Learn more about how brain injury affects memory loss, the symptoms to be aware of, the recoverable damages you could get in a suit, and how a lawyer can help.
What Type of Brain Injury Causes Memory Loss?
A TBI usually impairs the memory, and the victim may never regain lost memories. Subsequently, they have trouble learning, recalling new information, and confusion reigns in most parts of their lives.
Brain injuries can be mild, moderate, or severe. The diagnosis depends on whether the victim loses consciousness, how long this period lasts, and the severity of other symptoms. Other categories of brain injuries are primary (when the signs appear immediately) and secondary (when symptoms take hours or days to present).
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What Kind of Memory Is Affected by TBI?
Traumatic brain injuries often affect short-term memory, whereby patients cannot recall the events leading up to the injury or the incident itself. When short-term memory is impaired, people struggle with remembering current events as their daily lives unfold.
Such patients may forget critical details of conversations, get lost while driving, lose track of time, misplace items like car keys, etc. A mild case of TBI can devolve into moderate or severe TBI, and this affects long-term memory.
What Are the Symptoms of a Brain Injury?
Signs of a brain injury vary depending on the type of TBI. Nonetheless, all kinds of brain injuries come with significant cognitive disabilities for an extended time.
The lasting impacts of declined cognitive capacity are as follows:
- Poor concentration
- Haphazard thoughts
- Inability to complete tasks
- Poor decision making
Traumatic brain injuries have generalized symptoms; the only difference is the severity and duration of these signs. Moderate and severe TBIs mimic the signs of mild TBIs, only with more significant effect and timeframe. Below are four classifications of symptoms:
- Loss of consciousness
- Temporary loss of memory
- Anxiety and depression
- Mood swings
- Disrupted sleep patterns
- Speech problems
- Blurred vision
- Light sensitivity
- Bad taste in the mouth
- Poor hand-eye coordination
- Skin tingling
- Balance problems
- Loss of self-control
- Risky actions
- Anger outbursts
- Social problems
When Should You Seek Medical Intervention for a Brain Injury?
Seek medical intervention under these circumstances:
- Someone who loses consciousness for more than a minute
- After a crash that ejects someone from the vehicle
- A pedestrian being struck by a car
- After falling from more than 3 feet above the ground
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How Do You Take Care of Brain Injuries?
As mentioned earlier, there is the possibility of mild TBIs escalating to moderate or severe cases. Patients suffer in many ways when this happens, and symptoms can last for months or years. Patients with brain injuries need specialized care to help them manage symptoms to negate physical complications like seizures, damage to blood vessels, and vertigo.
The process begins with an in-depth medical evaluation to rule out other conditions whose symptoms mimic brain injuries. Physicians diagnose TBIs as follows:
- Asking questions about how the brain injury happened
- Evaluating the level of confusion and awareness
- Assessing indicators of brain function, e.g., memory, vision, gait, motor skills, hearing, etc.
- Conducting MRIs and CT scans
These assessments and treatments are expensive, not to mention the possible need for brain surgery and lengthy hospital stays. Patients may also require long-term treatment depending on their response (or lack thereof). Our attorney can help you pursue these losses to avoid crippling medical debt.
What Are the Recoverable Damages for Brain Injury Cases?
Debilitating brain injuries can keep patients from engaging in economic activities as they did previously. Some are forced to go on disability benefits for life. Darryl “The Hammer” Isaacs has helped many clients like you recover losses from the liable entity.
He’ll help you recover these financial and non-financial losses:
- Ambulance costs
- Hospital stay
- Consulting specialists
- Rehabilitation services, e.g., speech therapy
- Permanent disability
- Lost earnings now and in the future
- Diminished quality of life
- Hospice nurse
- Loss of autonomy
- Wrongful death
- Funeral costs
- Loss of consortium
Why Enlist Our Legal Counsel for Your Brain Injury Case?
Are you suffering from a debilitating brain injury? Isaacs & Isaacs Personal Injury Lawyers can investigate to identify the liable entity and hold them accountable for harming you.
TBIs can impact your life in untold ways and keep you from working again. Our lawyers will do everything possible to win the maximum settlement to save you from financial ruin. Contact us for a free consultation and more information on TBI cases.