When you suffer an injury, whether at home or during an outside, sporting activity, or even accidents at work, it isn’t just the physical ailments that can become debilitating and tiring; it can also be the mental implications. Certain injuries, especially head injuries, can impair the memory, causing temporary, and in some rare cases, permanent, memory loss (otherwise called amnesia).
Symptoms of memory loss following a work-related injury
- Difficulty remembering names and events.
- Difficulty remembering information that you would usually be able to.
- Forgetting things that happened (seconds, minutes, hours or years ago).
- Finding it difficult to remember how to do regular, everyday things.
- The inability to remember how to do things or find things you usually can.
After work accidents for example, memory loss is usually a temporary after-effect, although in some rare cases, it can be permanent. Although worrying and frustrating for both the victim of the work accident and their family and friends, the memory can improve and recover after time for most patients and the good news is, there are certain things you can do to help improve your memory, both short and long term.
- Exercise your mind
Doing things to exercise your mind is pivotal to keeping your memory healthy. Doing crossword puzzles, reading, learning a new skill, are all fantastic ways to train and exercise your mind and memory while you are recovering from your work-related accident.
Getting a good night’s sleep every night is exceptionally important for allowing your memory time, uninterrupted, to readjust and recover, so ensure you are well rested and sleep at least six hours per night.
- Lead a healthy lifestyle
Staying hydrated, eating oily fish, lean meats and plenty of fruit and vegetables and staying active are all very important when it comes to your brain health. Eating healthily, drinking lots of water and exercising regularly will optimise the blood flow to your brain, therefore aiding in the recovery of any memory loss after your work accident.
In some situations, doctors will be able to prescribe medication to help rebuild your memory after your work-related injury.
Whether you have been suffering from memory loss or any mental or physical implications from work accidents, you may be entitled to receive work accident compensation. It is up to your employer to ensure your work environment is a safe place, and if these precautions are neglected, Accident Advice Helpline could help you file a work accident claim.
Date Published: May 1, 2014
Author: David Brown