Traumatic brain injuries can result in a vast array of problems and, in
severe cases, might even affect various parts of a person’s memory.
Unlike what most of us are used to seeing in television or movies, a person
who sustains a severe brain injury will not experience total memory loss.
Instead, a brain injury tends to either affect one’s short-term
or long-term memory, making it difficult to retain new information or
remembering to do things in the future.
Short-Term and Long-Term Memory
A traumatic brain injury can impact a person’s short-term and long-term
memory, but in most cases, the short term memory is what is often affected.
This could result in some of the following problems:
- Forgetting the details of an important conversation
- Forgetting where you left certain objects, such as your keys or cell phone
- Feeling unsure of what you said yesterday or even this morning, causing
you to repeat things or ask the same questions
- Losing track of time
- Being unable to retrace your steps
- Forgetting all or part of what you saw in a movie or read in a book
Moreover, your prospective memory could also be affected by a brain injury.
Your prospective memory basically allows you to remember plans and intentions
long enough for you to follow through on them. Below is a list of what
you might experience if your prospective memory is damaged:
- Forgetting to keep appointments
- Telling someone you will see or speak with them at a specific time and
forgetting to do so
- Forgetting what you were supposed to do at home or work
- Forgetting special occasions, including birthdays, holidays, and family
- Forgetting to take your medication on time
- Forgetting to pick up your children on time
If you suffered a traumatic brain injury, you might even experience some
difficulty being able to remember the event that caused your injury. It
is likely that, if you have no memory of how you were injured, that you
will ever be able to remember it, which is often very frustrating for
victims of traumatic brain injuries.
Help Your Memory
If you sustained a traumatic brain injury and you are experiencing trouble
remembering things from day to day, there are some things you can do to
help restore your brain’s natural ability to learn and remember.
In addition to having a conversation with your doctor regarding certain
medications, you can also use compensatory strategies to tackle these
issues. Some of these strategies include:
- Getting rid of distractions before beginning something new that you want
- Asking people to talk slower or to repeat what they said so you are able
to understand it
- Giving yourself extra time to practice or repeat information you want to remember
- Using organizers, notebooks, or cell phone apps to keep track of important
- Keeping all items that you need to take with you, such as your keys or
wallet, in a “memory station” at home
- Using a pill box to keep track of your medication and ensure you are taking
- Using a checklist to keep track of what you have done
Skilled Traumatic Brain Injury Attorneys in Odessa
If you sustained a severe
traumatic brain injury that was caused by someone else’s negligent and reckless actions,
you need to obtain skilled legal counsel as soon as possible to recover
damages you will need to move forward and pay for any medical expenses
associated with your injury. At the Dean Law Firm in Odessa, our experienced
personal injury attorneys are backed by a proven track record of success
and will do what it takes to ensure justice is served.
Get started on your brain injury case today and
reach out to our law firm at (432) 214-8125 to request a free initial case evaluation
with one of our compassionate attorneys.