You get in a serious car accident when another driver drifts over the middle of the road and hits you head-on. That person was texting and driving. You wind up in the hospital with a traumatic brain injury (TBI).
As you recover, you start having problems with your memory. Doctors warn you that brain injuries heal differently for everyone, so you may have to deal with these problems for the rest of your life. What are some things you can do to make it easier? Here are a few helpful tips:
- Write out anything important and keep it in your wallet. This cheat sheet could include things like your address, your phone number and other identifying information.
- Keep a journal at home to help you out. If you need to remember to do things at specific times — turning in an assignment at work, for example — hang up a calendar and jot notes for every important date.
- Learn to love routines. Plan out your days, keep things — like your keys — in the same place at all times and take medications at the same time every day.
- Don’t be afraid to ask. Accept that this is something you need to deal with. Being open and honest with other people, and asking questions when you can’t remember something, is the best way to move forward.
- Work with medical professionals to find out what you can do to improve your memory and promote brain healing.
Injuries like this can have a drastic impact on your life and may turn into permanent disabilities. Be sure you know what legal rights you have to seek out compensation.