After suffering a traumatic head injury in a car accident, one’s memory may be affected. However, improving one’s memory can mean an improvement in day-to-day activities and relationships. Patients should always be upfront with their doctors about any memory troubles they have. This not only will get them the professional help they need, but also may figure into the damages they can recover should they decide to pursue a personal injury claim.
But patients can take other steps in addition to medical intervention to manage any memory problems. Some activities may even help improve memory. Talk to your doctor to learn more about these techniques and whether they may be helpful for you.
Helping Your Memory
A tired or stressed brain doesn’t function properly. Make sure you get adequate sleep and try to reduce stress as best you can.According to BrainLine.org,here are some other steps you can take to aid your memory:
- Stay organized. Use your phone, a notebook and/or a calendar to keep track of appointments, items you need to buy, directions, daily tasks and/or names. Keep this tool with you throughout the day.
- Work with a speech-language pathologist to help you organize information in a way that’s easier to remember.
- Take breaks. If you’re feeling drained and unable to comprehend any more information, take a step back and give your mind a chance to rest.
You may benefit from sticking to a set schedule each day and keeping your possessions organized so you’re not left searching for items you need throughout your day.
Keeping your brain active may help you improve brain function. Be sure to discuss with your doctor whether this may be helpful so you can manage your expectations. Examples of activities that may help exercise the mind include:
- word puzzles;
- games requiring logic and reasoning;
- learning new things (a new language, a new skill, etc.); and
- activities designed to improve memory (you may find various online apps, or your doctor might recommend some resources).
Also talk to your doctor about how healthy living may help you improve cognitive function after a brain injury. This may include doing away with unhealthy habits like smoking or poor dietary habits and may include introducing new, healthy habits like eating a balanced diet and exercising on a regular basis. Of course, before your make any lifestyle changes, talk to your doctor to ensure it is safe to do so.
Collecting Compensation if Another Party Is at Fault
You may have legal grounds to file a claim or lawsuit against a negligent party if it is responsible for the accident and your injury. You may collect compensation for your immediate medical bills as well as long-term medical costs. Any reduced earning capacity may be addressed in a claim, along with other damages related to your injury.
Do not talk to insurance companies or anyone else until you talk with a lawyer about your options. D.J. Banovitz helps injured parties in Aurora explore the legal options available to them and collect fair compensation. Call 303-300-5060 or get in touch with us via our contact form to arrange your free consultation.