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Many people experience physical injuries after a car crash. Unfortunately, some also deal with a different kind of challenge—memory loss. While the extreme amnesia we see in the movies may be unusual, memory loss is more common than you may think. Car accidents are the leading cause of traumatic brain injuries (TBIs), and a study by Cambridge University found that most who experienced a TBI in an accident also reported memory loss.

Memory loss after a car accident can be a frightening experience, especially when the gaps go beyond the accident itself. You might struggle to recall the moments leading up to the crash or details from your life before. This blog will explore the possible causes of this condition and how it might affect your legal rights. 

If you’ve been in a car accident and are experiencing memory loss, it’s important to understand your options. The experienced team at James Horne Law PA can help. We have extensive experience in personal injury cases, including those involving car accident memory loss. Call James Horne Law PA today for a free consultation.

Potential Causes of Memory Loss After a Car Accident

Memory loss can take many forms. Sometimes, people forget the accident itself, while others may struggle to remember events from before the crash. This can make it difficult to return to daily life and can create challenges when dealing with insurance companies and legal matters. 

There are two main reasons why memory loss might happen after a car accident: 

  • Traumatic brain injury. A TBI is a brain injury caused by a blow to the head. More serious TBIs can lead to long-term memory loss. 
  • Psychological trauma. Severe emotional distress from the accident can cause a type of memory loss called dissociative amnesia

If you’re experiencing memory loss after a car accident, it’s crucial to seek medical attention to determine the cause and get appropriate treatment. 

Types of Memory Loss 

Here’s a closer look at the different types of memory loss that can occur after an accident:

  • Retrograde amnesia. This is when you cannot remember things from before the accident. This type of memory loss is less common than the others.
  • Post-traumatic amnesia. This is when you can’t remember what happened right after the accident. Depending on the severity of the injury, the period of forgotten time can be shorter or longer.
  • Dissociative amnesia. This is when the brain blocks out painful memories to protect itself.
  • Anterograde amnesia. This means you can’t form new memories after the accident. For example, you might forget things you learned recently or struggle to remember new people you meet. 

Consulting with a healthcare professional is highly recommended for an accurate diagnosis and in-depth explanation of your specific case. 

Legal Implications of Memory Loss from a Car Accident

Memory loss can make it difficult to pursue a legal claim after a car accident. Here’s why:

  • Remembering the accident. If you can’t remember the details of the accident, such as how it happened or who was at fault, it can be challenging to build a strong case. 
  • Witness testimony. If your memory is unreliable, witness testimony becomes even more critical. However, finding witnesses can be difficult. 
  • Burden of proof. In most cases, the plaintiff (the person filing the claim) bears the burden of proof. This means you’ll need to demonstrate that the other driver’s negligence caused your injuries, including memory loss. 
  • Medical documentation. Seeking medical attention after your accident may seem like a burden, but it is essential not only for your health but also to create medical documentation of your injury. Having medical records that confirm your memory loss is crucial to prove the extent of your damages. 

Even though there may be difficulties, memory loss after a car accident shouldn’t prevent you from seeking justice. Consider consulting with an experienced personal injury attorney who can help navigate the legal complexities and explore all available avenues for pursuing compensation. 

Don’t Let Memory Loss Be an Obstacle on Your Road to Recovery—Call James Horne Law PA Today

Memory loss in a car accident can leave you unsure of your path forward. But you don’t have to face it alone. At James Horne Law PA, we understand the unique challenges memory loss presents in personal injury cases.

We know you’re worried. How can you fight for compensation when the accident itself feels like a blur? We are confident we have the extensive experience needed to navigate these complexities. In addition, we also recognize the importance of having a strong legal advocate in your corner. James Horne is an AV-Preeminent rated attorney, which is the highest rating by Martindale-Hubbell for professional excellence in legal expertise. James is a fighter with a proven track record of success, achieving six- and seven-figure results for clients. While we can’t promise the same result in every case, James’s record demonstrates his commitment to recovering all the compensation you deserve.

But to us, a successful outcome goes beyond numbers. We understand that your case is about more than just legal paperwork. Our team will take the time to listen to your story and have compassion for your situation. No matter how complex your case may seem, we have the experience and resources to handle it. 

Don’t let memory loss prevent you from getting the justice you deserve. 

Contact us today to review your case—there are no fees unless we win! 

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James “Jay” Horne is an AV-Preeminent rated aggressive litigation attorney, who focuses his practice on medical malpractice, personal injury and family law matters. He has successfully represented clients from case inception through trial and appeals in state and federal court. Jay was born and raised on the Suncoast. He is married and proud father to a one year old son. In his free time, he enjoys traveling, golfing and distance running during the cool months.

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