Traumatic Amnesia After a St. Louis Auto Accident

Let’s discuss what you need to know about this condition and how to pursue fair compensation if you suffer traumatic amnesia after an accident.

As a motorcycle rider, you are at a high risk of suffering traumatic amnesia. Sadly, if left untreated, this condition can have lifelong effects. So, what is traumatic amnesia, and how does it happen?  Let’s discuss what you need to know about this condition and how to pursue fair compensation if you suffer traumatic amnesia after an accident.

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What Is Traumatic Amnesia?

According to Mayo Clinic, amnesia refers to the loss of memories, facts, information, and experiences. Sadly, when you hit your head in a motorcycle accident, the part responsible for keeping memories, the hippocampus, may be damaged, leading to traumatic amnesia.

There are generally two types of amnesia:

1. Anterograde Amnesia

Anterograde amnesia is a complete or partial inability to retain new information or memories. You may remember events that took place before the crash but have absolutely no idea about what happened afterward. This type of amnesia mostly affects your short memory making it very frustrating.

2. Retrograde Amnesia

Conversely, retrograde amnesia affects your ability to remember existing memories. For example, you may not remember events before the accident but may recall things that happened after the accident.

While retrograde amnesia may never affect your skills, it will certainly affect some of the facts in your life.

Seeking Compensation

Losing your memory is no easy feat. You will likely need the services of a neurologist or therapist to get your memory in good shape. Unfortunately, the services of these specialists are costly and can drain your pockets. In addition, severe amnesia is not always curable and can leave you with side effects that you have to manage for the rest of your life.

To get compensated, you generally must prove that the other party was liable for your injuries which is not always easy.

An experienced St. Louis auto accident attorney can help you avoid common mistakes motorcycle accident victims make, such as not collecting enough evidence, delaying making a report, accepting the blame, or settling for the first compensation offer. In addition, they’ll advocate for you, guide you on how to navigate the case, and help negotiate a fair settlement for you.

St. Louis Auto Accident Attorneys

The effects of amnesia after a motorcycle accident are immense. And getting compensation for your physical and emotional trauma can be tough and complex. However, the experienced attorneys at The Hoffmann Law Firm are here for you during this trying time. Give us a call 24/7 for a free case evaluation to learn more about your legal rights after an accident.

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Updated: December 2, 2021