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Will my memory return following a brain injury?


After you suffered a brain injury, you may have found that your memory wasn’t as good as it used to be. Or, perhaps you suffered some amnesia, which made it hard to know who you were or made it hard to recall events that took place in the past. These issues are cognitive problems that may resolve on their own, but you may also need to work on recovery with a number of techniques.

Short-term memory loss is one of the issues that affects many people who suffer brain injuries. It can be delayed in recovery, even if other functions return. Will you ever have the same short-term memory that you used to have? The National Resource Center for Traumatic Brain Injury has said that few people who suffered moderate to severe brain injuries ever fully recover, but it’s possible to regain short-term memory recall over time.

After your injury, you may have suffered amnesia. This is common, and many survivors go through post-traumatic amnesia. This may last for a few days or weeks, maybe even longer. After it resolves, you should be able to recall more about what happened before the injury. This isn’t guaranteed, though, and amnesia could be permanent in some cases. It is not treatable with counseling or hypnosis, and it must resolve on its own.

After suffering an injury like this, it’s important to work with your attorney to get the compensation you need for the right treatments. Many medical techniques can be used, but all could be highly expensive over the course of recovery.

Source: National Resource Center for Traumatic Brain Injury, “Cognitive,” accessed Oct. 20, 2015


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