What should you do when claiming compensation for a brain injury which has caused memory loss?
Brain injury can be a result of many different types of accidents, from falling off a ladder at work to getting to a car accident to medical negligence.
Sometimes brain injuries can be mild and quickly recovered from, but they can also be quite serious and can affect a victim for the rest of their lives. In serious cases, permanent brain damages as well as physical disability can be the consequence of a brain injury.
In some cases, memory loss can be a serious consequence of a brain injury, which can be very damaging and traumatic to the victim psychologically.
Types of Memory Loss
There are different types of memory loss which can occur after an accident involving brain trauma.
Here are a couple of the most common types.
This is when you experience a loss of memories just prior to the accident. Usually the patient loses a few minutes or seconds of memory right before the accident happened. Sometimes retrograde amnesia can result in the loss of a few hours of memory and in rare cases, even up to several months or a year.
In most cases of retrograde amnesia, the memories will tend to come back randomly over time like the pieces of a jigsaw puzzle, putting the past back together.
Anterior Grade Amnesia
This type of amnesia means that you will start to lose your short term memories after the accident. If you are experiencing anterior grade amnesia this means that your brain has suffered damage and the complex systems which store memories have been damaged.
In this case, it will take time for the brain to heal and begin functioning properly again. When it eventually heals, the memory should begin to improve.
Memory loss as a result of a brain injury can also be paired with other symptoms, such as physical disability.
Claiming Compensation for Brain Injury
In most cases when a victim is claiming compensation for a brain injury the amount of the claim will be much larger than the standard personal injury compensation claim. This is because brain injuries can have a much more devastating effect on people’s lives. Compensation for a brain injury needs to take into account the pain and suffering that is endured in the victim’s life. It should cover the expenses of rehabilitation, nursing care, special equipment and disability aids.
In some cases where physical disability has resulted, making a claim can even include the cost of having the victim’s home modified to suit their changing needs, such as adding in a wheelchair-friendly bathroom and kitchen. Claims for lost earnings can also be made if the person is unable to work as a result of their injuries.
If you or someone you know has suffered memory loss and a brain injury from an accident that was not your fault, contact a lawyer as soon as possible for help getting the compensation you deserve.