Amnesia is a loss of memory that can either be temporary or permanent. It often occurs as a result of a head injury. This type of amnesia is therefore, very sudden and can typically occur in one of two ways. Sometimes it will cause all the memories of the time before the head injury to be eradicated. At other times it might be a case that you have all your memories intact from the time before the accident, but you struggle to remember anything that happens afterwards.
As you can imagine, this can have profound effects on your life. If you lose your memory you may struggle to remember the people you know and what your life is like. You wouldn’t be able to work and your life would change profoundly. If your injuries causing amnesia were caused by someone else’s negligence this would make a very good case for compensation.
Can you recover from amnesia?
It depends largely on how severe the head injury was (in this case). For example in some cases the patient may not suffer a total loss of memory. They may be able to learn to live with the changes and find ways of remembering what they have lost. In other cases the memory loss might be total and it may remain. If the brain is damaged in some way it is very unlikely the memories that are lost would be retrieved at any point.
As you can imagine a person with amnesia may encounter many challenges in their life going forward. If you are affected like this you may not remember the accident that caused the memory loss in the first place. However, you may not remember many other things either.
Could you claim compensation in this situation?
If you or a close relative has suffered amnesia as a result of a head injury, it is possible that compensation may be warranted. It would need to be determined whether or not there is evidence that negligence is involved in this situation.
Accident Advice Helpline may be able to help with this. Just give our team a call on 0800 689 0500 and see how you stand with regard to making a compensation claim. Either that or you can call on behalf of a loved one who has suffered a similar injury to this in some way. Get your no-obligation advice now.
Date Published: July 12, 2015
Author: Rob Steen