How do brain injuries cause memory damage?

| Jan 31, 2021 | Firm News |

After a crash, you will likely spend weeks to months recovering from your initial injuries. Unfortunately, some injuries last much longer. Brain injuries and their related damage often fall into this category.

In particular, many crash victims find themselves suffering from memory damage for years. But how do these injuries tie to memory damage or loss?

Memory and brain health

Model Systems Knowledge Translation Center looks into the impact traumatic brain injuries (TBI) have. TBIs affect individuals in different ways and cover a wide spectrum of symptoms. Memory loss or damage often happens, though the exact reasons behind it are not always easy to identify. On top of that, memory health science is a relatively new field. What we know constantly changes.

What we know so far is that different areas of the brain correspond to different parts of memory. The frontal lobe stores short term memory for a period of 15 to 30 seconds. Then, it travels to the medial temporal lobe for processing. Long term memories end up stored in multiple locations all across the brain. Experts speculate this is why long term memory damage is rarer.

Signs of memory impairment

By comparison, short term memory loss often happens during crashes. Many victims forget the circumstances surrounding their accident. Even more struggle with continued memory damage in the aftermath. This often shows itself in daily life, such as:

  • Forgetting important appointment times and dates
  • Forgetting daily chores like cooking, cleaning or grocery shopping
  • Losing important items after misplacing them
  • Losing track of time and tasks easily

This can unfortunately have a big impact on your ability to work, too. This is why many TBI sufferers like you consult with a legal professional. They can help you determine how to move forward after a crash.

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