Q: Can I collect workers’ compensation benefits if I don’t remember all the details of my accident?
Yes, you may still be able to recover fair workers’ compensation benefits even if you don’t remember all of the details of the work-related accident that left you injured. While the details of the accident that resulted in your injuries are important to your workers’ compensation claim, there may be other ways to gather the necessary evidence and to get you the benefits that you deserve.
Memory Loss Is Not Unusual
You’ve suffered a traumatic event and memory loss is possible. While you may not suffer from complete amnesia, the details of what occurred at the time of your accident may be clouded or forgotten. This can occur because of:
- Brain or head injuries. Traumatic brain injuries or head injuries can result in short-term or long-term memory loss.
- Surgery after the accident. Memory loss is one of the potential cognitive impairments that can follow anesthesia. According to researchers, about one-third of patients who had anesthesia suffer cognitive impairments at the time of hospital discharge, and about one-tenth of patients still suffer cognitive impairments three months after discharge.
- Emotional trauma. Significant stress or trauma can cause the brain to repress certain memories. Thus, people who have suffered a traumatic event, such as severe workplace accident, may not remember the details of the incident that left them injured.
These injuries and the resulting memory loss do not disqualify you from collecting workers’ compensation benefits, but it may be harder for you to pursue your claim and to get the fair recovery that you deserve.
Let a Lawyer Help You Get Workers’ Compensation Benefits
An experienced workers’ compensation lawyer can help investigate your accident and provide effective advocacy for your claim even if you don’t remember the details that resulted in your injury.
It is important to contact an attorney as soon as possible so that your lawyer can preserve evidence related to your claim and help you get the medical care and lost wage benefits that you deserve.
Please contact us today via this website or by phone to schedule a free consultation to learn more about your rights and about protecting your potential recovery.