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Head injuries can wreak havoc with your memory

If you suffer a serious head injury in a car accident, a fall from a ladder or some similar event, it can have a drastic impact on the rest of your life. Brain injuries are different for everyone, but one side effect that can change everything is when it alters your memories.

For instance, one man related his story of getting into a car accident and striking his head, apparently on the window. He woke up in the back of the ambulance, and everything he knew about the accident was from what other people told him. He didn't remember it.

In fact, he didn't remember anything. He did not know who his wife was or if he had friends and family members who were worried about him, even though he had a wedding ring on his finger. He says that he felt sure he was not a father, even though he found out later that he did have kids.

That's how complete his memory loss was. He had children, and he didn't even remember that they existed. It's not as if he just forgot their names or had trouble remembering exactly what they looked like. He did not remember that he had them at all.

It's frightening to think about something like this, as it all happens in a split second, but it can erase years of your life. The impact on your personal relationships, your career and all other areas of life cannot be overstated. If this happens to you and another driver caused that accident, make sure you know how to seek compensation.

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