Brain injuries are a very serious kind of injury that has the potential to change you and your family’s entire life forever. All your life plans and aspirations will have to be put on hold if you or a family member has been the recipient of a brain injury.
What you’ll find out is that treatment for brain injuries will last a very long time, and cost a lot of money. It is therefore essential that you try and successfully obtain head injury compensation for the damage you have suffered. This article acts as a basic guide to how to go about making a brain injury claim.
Memory loss, commonly referred to as amnesia is the inability of individuals to recall details and is associated with a high degree of forgetfulness. It is also associated with the inability of the human brain to process, retrieve or store information. Memory loss can be categorized as total or partial and it can be a temporary phenomenon or a permanent one. The human brain selects as well as stores information in different ways and this can be categorized into two types, namely short term memory and long term memory.
Short Term Memory
Short term memory is referred to as active or primary memory and this memory can hold just a small amount of information that is active and in a readily available state for a short duration. This short duration is usually a few seconds. This memory type is closely related to the working memory.
Long Term Memory
Long term memory can hold information for more than a few minutes and the time duration varies from few days to few years. However information stored in the long term memory is subject to fading and only memory that is recalled several times tends to last for years and this also depends on the depth of processing.
Symptoms of Memory Loss
Some of the tell tale symptoms of memory loss are forgetting names, dates, events, having difficulty retaining information, getting lost easily, forgetting to run errands and even forgetting tasks that the individuals were once familiar with such as driving. While there are a variety of symptoms associated with memory loss, these symptoms and their intensity varies from individual to individual, depending on the conditions causing the memory loss.
Some of the first symptoms of memory loss could be decreased levels of alertness as well as increased levels of confusion. Serious illnesses such as Alzheimer’s disease that affects the brain, especially in older individuals could also be a symptom of memory loss too. While forgetting information may not be a serious as well as a worrying symptom of memory loss, it is when people tend to have problems with words or even trouble understanding what is being said to them or not being able to make a decision is when medical attention needs to be sought. Another common symptom of memory loss is linked to concentration. People suffering from memory loss problems often have problems concentrating.