One moment, you are calmly driving on your daily commute to work. Your favorite song is on the radio. Your briefcase with your laptop is in the seat beside you. A mug of coffee is steaming softly in the cupholder next to you, though you’re waiting to drink it until you get to your desk.
The next moment, paramedics are putting you into the back of an ambulance. They’re talking to each other, but not to you. You look over to the side and see two mangled cars — one of which is yours — sitting on the side of the road.
People often forget traumatic events. This can be long-term, as your brain works to repress something that was frightening, painful or otherwise traumatic for you to experience. Losing time like this in the short-term, though, could also be the result of a brain injury. Memory loss is one of the main symptoms of a traumatic brain injury.
Interestingly, in some cases, people will forget events even before the injury occurred. This is why medical professionals will often ask people what day it is or if they know where they are. There are cases where people lose minutes or hours. If you sustained a TBI in the crash, your memories of the crash itself could be wiped out, along with some of the drive even before you got hit. This can be a very jarring feeling because, to you, it feels like you jumped suddenly from one moment to another. Everything in between is gone.
Brain injuries are very serious and can lead to lasting changes and damage. Be sure you know what rights you have to seek compensation. While money can’t restore everything, it can make it easier to live comfortably and pay for treatment for your condition.