By: Chuck Richardson On August 13, 2018

One of the most common effects of a brain injury is an impaired memory or memory loss. This particular function of the brain is complicated and, after suffering a serious injury to the brain, this function can easily be disrupted. If you sustained a brain injury as a result of another party’s negligence, it is crucial that you reach out to a skilled personal injury attorney as soon as possible to obtain the compensation you deserve.

Not all brain injuries result in memory loss. It would ultimately depend on the area in which the brain suffered damage and if it hindered the transportation of information. Typically, those who suffer memory loss as a result of a brain injury will also have difficulty with the following:

  • Focusing or paying attention
  • Understanding information
  • Communicating with others
  • Organizing and planning
  • Making decisions or solving problems
  • Controlling desires and impulses
  • Language and speech


There are generally three different types of memory loss that an individual with a brain injury can experience, which includes:

  • Immediate Memory: Immediate memory, even without the presence of a brain injury, only lasts for a short while. It is essentially the ability one has to remember information that was collected within a few minutes. For example, when someone is able to repeat a phone number after having heard it said aloud, this would require the use of one’s immediate memory.
  • Short-Term Memory: One of the most common types of memory loss those who suffer a brain injury experience is the loss of their short-term memory, impacting their ability to remember information after 30 minutes. It is possible for a person to have damaged short-term memory, but to still have a good, functioning immediate memory.
  • Long-Term Memory: Long-term memory is one’s ability to recall information days, weeks, and years later. Those who suffer long-term memory loss tend to feel like time is flying by due to their inability to hold onto any their memories.

Brain injury victims who suffer from amnesia can develop one of two types – retrograde and anterior grade. The former means that the individual’s memories prior to the accident will be affected while the latter means that the memories he or she has after the accident will be affected. That said, it is possible for the brain to heal and for the memories to return.


If you suffered a brain injury as a result of someone else’s negligence and are suffering memory loss, you need to take action as soon as possible and contact a personal injury attorney. At Richardson Richardson Boudreaux, PLLC, our Tulsa personal injury attorneys are dedicated to representing the wrongfully injured and will do what it takes to hold the responsible party accountable for their actions.

Get started on your case today and contact our law office at 918-492-7674 to request your free initial case evaluation. You will not owe us any legal fees unless we are able to win your case.

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