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How Memory Loss Can Affect Your Car Accident Claim

Car accidents typically happen very quickly and without warning. It is quite common for car accident victims to be unable to recall every detail about a crash or the time leading up to a wreck.

You may wonder if you can still pursue a car accident claim even if you’re experiencing memory loss. Here’s what you should know:

Dissociative Amnesia

After enduring a traumatic event, it is possible for you to experience a condition called dissociative amnesia. It is an ailment in which you are unable to remember critical information about your own life.

If you cannot remember specific information, the condition is considered thematic. If you cannot remember quite a bit about your life history or identity, it is considered general.

Dissociative amnesia is rare, but it can still happen. About 1% of men and 2.6% of women in the general population suffer from the condition.

Other Forms of Memory Loss

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and bouts of anxiety can also cause temporary memory loss after a horrific event. Lacking the memories of a traumatic experience can help you cope with the events that occurred so you don’t end up completely breaking down and unable to continue living life comfortably.

How Your Claim May Be Impacted

In order to file a claim for benefits from the insurance company following a car accident, you are required to submit a statement about the events as they occurred. As you can imagine, not being able to remember certain portions of the accident can leave holes in your statement, which is not good for your claim.

What To Do If It Happens To You

Not being able to remember the car accident causing your injuries can be frustrating, but the holes in your statement may be filled with supporting documents from other sources. The following documentation may help supplement the parts of your story that you cannot remember:

  • Police accident report
  • Witness statements
  • Photos of the accident scene

If you face memory loss following an injury-sustaining car accident that wasn’t your fault, a skilled car accident attorney may be able to help you recover the compensation you deserve for your suffering.

Call the New York lawyers at The Ahearne Law Firm, PLLC today at (845) 763-4100 to speak with a knowledgeable attorney about your case.

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