Amnesia is something we are all familiar with to some extent, but probably only from watching television or films. It can be used as a dramatic device, but while it can have dramatic effects in real life as well, it is very different from what we might be used to seeing on screen.
Memory loss can have a profound effect on those who suffer it. It can affect the short-term memory and the long-term memory, depending on each individual case. This means you might lose memories from a certain part of your life, or you may not remember something that happened five minutes ago, and yet you remember everything else.
What causes amnesia?
Memory loss can have many different causes. However, in terms of accidents and sudden memory loss, this can happen if the individual suffers a head injury. For example this might happen in a car accident or if an accident happens in the workplace.
The degree of memory loss can depend on the severity of the accident. In some cases it may not be permanent, and the memory can return to some degree over time. However, this does not apply in all cases. Either way, in every case there is a good chance that you might suffer problems in your life and be unable to do things until your memory recovers.
Could you claim amnesia compensation?
It is very important to be able to provide evidence that negligence was the cause of your amnesia. For example if you suffered a head injury because someone at work failed to provide you with appropriate safety equipment including a protective helmet, this could prove negligence. On the other hand, a car accident that caused a head injury needs to have been caused by another individual instead of the person who was actually injured. As you can see, there is a lot to consider here. This is why it is usually recommended that the affected individual (or their next of kin) consults an experienced professional injury compensation lawyer.
Accident Advice Helpline could put you in touch with one of our lawyers to see whether you have a strong case that should be argued for amnesia compensation. Call us today free of charge on 0800 689 0500 to see whether you could look forward to compensation as a result of the condition and upset you have suffered from through no fault of your own.
Date Published: September 14, 2015
Author: Allison Whitehead