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Can a Car Accident Cause Memory Loss? Our Fort Walton Beach Auto Accident Attorney Provides Answers

» Written by // December 11, 2020 //


When a person is in an automobile accident, they may sustain injuries to their head that cause memory loss. This is because the force of the impact causes the brain to move around inside the skull, leading to bleeding, bruising, and swelling of the brain. Our top-tier Fort Walton Beach auto accident attorney will advocate to ensure you receive the compensation you deserve when you suffer from memory loss due to a car accident or a truck accident.

Types of Memory Loss In Fort Walton Beach Auto Accidents

There are three types of amnesia, or memory loss, that can occur due to an auto accident. Our Fort Walton Beach auto accident attorney is well-versed in recovering damages for victims of all three types. They are: 

  • Anterograde Amnesia: The most common type of amnesia experienced after a car accident, anterograde amnesia results in the victim being unable to retain new information or memories. There are varying degrees of severity, which depend primarily upon the intensity of the car crash. Many of the persons suffering from anterograde amnesia cannot retain memories of what happened immediately following the accident and will often lose focus or forget what they are doing.
  • Post-Traumatic Amnesia: Many post-traumatic amnesia victims will state that they “blacked out” after the accident. They cannot remember much of what happened after the accident but are sometimes able to recall a few random memories.
  • Retrograde Amnesia: Unlike sufferers of anterograde amnesia and post-traumatic amnesia, retrograde amnesia victims will experience loss of memories of events that occurred before their accident. It can be a loss of a few days or even decades. Some victims even forget their own names or the names of loved ones. 

Memory Loss Symptoms Experienced in Fort Walton Beach Auto Accidents

You may think memory loss symptoms would be obvious, but the truth is most people, whether they are suffering from memory loss or not, are upset and traumatized after a car accident. This causes them to be confused and irrational. However, if the victim begins to experience additional or more severe symptoms after the initial scare of the accident has worn off, they may be suffering from a form of amnesia. Symptoms to be on the lookout for include:

  • Confusion
  • Inability to Concentrate
  • Unable to Organize Thoughts
  • Forgetfulness
  • Inability to recall events that occurred either before or after the accident
  • “Cloudy” thinking

Treatment for Memory Loss From Fort Walton Beach Auto Accidents

Treatment for memory loss will depend upon many factors, including the victim’s age, the severity of the memory loss, and the type of amnesia experienced. Most treatments, however, are a combination of medications and rehabilitation therapies. 

Contact Our Fort Walton Beach Auto Accident Attorney To Recover For Your Memory Loss Caused By An Auto Accident

If you or a loved one suffer from memory loss caused by an auto accident, our Fort Walton Beach auto accident attorney will fight to recover the compensation you deserve. Don’t delay –  contact our firm online or at 1-888-549-7011 to schedule your free consultation.


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