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What is amnesia?

Among the many concerns when someone is injured such as in a car accident, dog attack or other event is whether or not any brain damage has been sustained. Connecticut residents who suffer a brain injury can experience a range of consequences depending upon the severity of their head injury. One condition that can result is amnesia. While most people have heard of amnesia, few may fully understand it.

There are different types of amnesia, some of which can result from medical conditions or substance abuse. Others result from a serious blow to the head that causes brain trauma. Following are three variations of amnesia associated with a brain injury as identified by Medical News Today:

  • Traumatic amnesia is generally temporary and often is an indicator that a person has sustained a concussion. The victim usually is unconscious for a time and may even be in a coma.
  • Retrograde amnesia is possibly closest to what most people think of as amnesia. In these cases, victims are unable to remember major events or facts that came before they suffered the traumatic brain injury.
  • In contract, with anterograde amnesia people can remember things that happened before an accident but are unable to remember things.

In all of these, the brain’s ability to store or recall items to memory is compromised. With certain types of amnesia, some people can be unable or limited to imagine the future as knowledge of the past is directly related to developing thoughts of a future.

The legal professionals at Laughlin Fitzgerald have helped many Connecticut residents seek accident compensation after suffering a brain injury.

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