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Amnesia caused by a head injury is not just a plot device for soap operas; in fact, head injury is the leading cause for temporary or permanent memory loss. About two million people suffer from traumatic brain injury every year in the US alone. If you have suffered from a brain injury that caused temporary or permanent memory difficulties, contact Jacksonville brain injury lawyer Don Guthrie at 904-296-1088.

Concussion and Post-Concussion Syndrome

A concussion is a type of brain injury in which normal brain activity is disrupted by a severe blow or violent movement. One of its best known symptoms is post-traumatic amnesia, which is when a patient cannot remember the accident or the events leading up to it. Patients may also experience difficulty forming new memories after suffering a brain injury.

The symptoms of a concussion usually resolve themselves within a few weeks after an injury. If you continue to suffer from memory loss or other symptoms from six months or longer, you may be experiencing post-concussion syndrome. This serious condition can last as long as a year, or even for the rest of a person’s life.

Memory and the Brain

Memory loss is not necessarily caused by a concussion; damage to the structure of a brain from a serious head injury can also cause memory difficulties. It is still not completely understood how the brain forms and retains memories, but certain areas have been linked to this important function. Some important memory-related structures include:

  • Prefrontal cortex: associated with keeping new information in a person’s short-term memory
  • Hippocampus: associated with encoding information from short-term to long-term memory
  • Amygdala: associated with recognizing visual stimuli

Damage to any of these areas of the brain can cause severe difficulty forming and retaining memories.

Contact Us

If you are suffering from memory loss after suffering a brain injury, we may be able to help you fight off the compensation you deserve. To learn more, contact Jacksonville memory loss lawyer Don Guthrie at 904-296-1088.

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