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How do brain injuries affect memory?

On Behalf of | Nov 2, 2020 | Personal Injury |

Ohio residents like you may suffer from injuries after getting into an accident. The most common types of injuries happen to the head, neck and back. Head injuries in particular tend to affect many areas of your daily life. 

For example, many sufferers of traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) have trouble with memory, too. This is especially true for short term memory. 

Short term memory damage due to TBIs 

According to the Model Systems Knowledge Translation Center, your brain and memory work together. When the brain suffers injury, you will likely see the effects in your memory, too. As mentioned above, short term memory suffers the brunt of the damage in most cases. Long term memory loss is not impossible, but it is uncommon. 

Instead, you will see the impact in your daily life. After all, short term memory is responsible for the management and organization of day to day living. With damaged short term memory, you may: 

  • Forget where you placed important items like keys 
  • Forget things that people told you mere minutes before 
  • Forget crucial information, like appointment hours or dates 
  • Forget to check your organizational tools like calendars, memo apps and more 

Impacts on and off the clock

This affects you both in and out of work. For example, you might forget you are running low on groceries. You may forget to take important medicine, or fail to recall if you have already taken it that day. 

At work, you might fail to remember updated policies or procedures. You might misplace crucial tools or sensitive work information. These mistakes may add up over time and result in work suspension. In extreme cases, you could even lose your job. This financial risk is why many in your shoes choose to seek compensation.