Is it possible to suffer memory loss in a car crash?

Yes, memory loss, also known as amnesia, can be a symptom of a traumatic brain injury after a car accident.

It can be terrifying to recognize your own memory loss or watch a loved one suffer from memory loss after a car crash, but there are things that you can do to stay in control of the situation.

Types of Memory Loss

Generally, three types of memory loss may affect you after a car crash, including:

  • Retrograde Amnesia that impacts your memories from a time before your accident
  • Anterograde Amnesia that impacts your ability to remember things for a period of time after your accident
  • Post-traumatic Amnesia that impacts your ability to remember things immediately after your accident

Memory Loss Treatment

Your memory loss treatment plan will be individualized based on your unique injuries and needs. Sometimes, your memory may begin to return without medical intervention. Other times, you need treatment for your traumatic brain injury. Even then, you may not fully recover, and you may need occupational therapy and other therapies to learn to live with amnesia and other brain injury complications.

Protect Your Full Legal Recovery After a Car Crash

If you suffer amnesia because of someone else’s negligence, then all parts of your brain injury, including memory loss, should be part of your recovery.

Insurance companies know that our Iowa car accident lawyers mean business, and they are often willing to negotiate fair settlements with us. However, if they are unwilling to provide you with compensation for your past and future medical costs, lost income, out-of-pocket expenses, pain, suffering, and other damages, then we will not hesitate to go to court to get you the recovery that you deserve.

Call us or fill out our contact form today to schedule a free, no-obligation consultation by phone, videoconference, or in-person at our Cedar Rapids, West Des Moines, or Davenport office.


Jason F. Abraham
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Helping car accident and personal injury victims throughout Wisconsin, Illinois and Iowa since 1993.