The hippocampus is a part of the brain’s limbic system, which controls your moods and reactions, including what is commonly known as the fight or flight response. It’s also critical to processing memory functions, like declarative memories, which are related to memorizing facts and events. When the hippocampus is damaged, the patient will experience memory loss, including the ability to retain long-term memories.
Damage to the hippocampus often occurs from degenerative illnesses like Alzheimer’s disease. However, there is another form of hippocampus damage that occurs from traumatic accidents. The most common example is a brain injury that results from a blow to the head, usually from a car, truck, or motorcycle crash. Slip and fall accidents are another way that someone can sustain a hippocampus injury.
If you have been diagnosed with hippocampus damage after a slip and fall or car accident, you may be able to seek damages through a traumatic brain injury lawsuit. However, there are many elements that you will need to prove in order to make a case for monetary compensation. To learn about your legal rights as a brain injury victim, please contact the attorneys of Normandie Law Firm. Our lawyers have the experience you need in order to succeed in a brain injury accident case.
What are the long-term Effects of Traumatic Brain Injury?
Hippocampus injuries are classified as a mild form of traumatic brain damage (TBI), but the long-term effects are anything but mild. When you hit your head from falling on to a hard surface, for example, the brain bounces back and forth inside your skull. This can cause significant damage to the brain that impairs a person’s physical, cognitive, and psychological abilities for the rest of their life. The potential for permanent brain damage is even greater with auto, truck, or bike accidents, due to the impact of being hit while traveling at high speeds.
It’s important to understand that the symptoms of traumatic brain injury do not manifest right away. This is why doctors ask you to come back for follow up appointment if you have suffered a head injury. Damage to the hippocampus may take weeks or even months to develop, so it’s crucial to listen to your doctor and follow the prescribed treatment plan.
How do you prove a Traumatic Brain Injury?
Because TBI takes times to develop, it can be hard to prove that your injury occurred as a result of your car accident or slip and fall. That’s why you must seek medical attention right away after an accident, along with following your doctor’s advice regarding tests and further treatments.
To prove a traumatic brain injury, there are several types of tests that your doctor may recommend:
This type of test uses X-rays to create an image of your brain, which will help doctors spot signs of brain damage, like bleeding and bruising of the brain tissue.
MRIs also create a picture of the brain, but the process involves magnets and radio waves, instead of X-rays.
With this test, a probe is inserted into the skull to check for brain swelling. While this is common with TBI, too much swelling can lead to permanent brain damage.
These, and other medical tests over a period of time, will conclusively prove that your hippocampus has been damaged. However, making a case for monetary damages is much more complicated. For one thing, you will need to show that the accident is the direct cause of your brain injury. Then, you must establish that the other party is legally responsible for your injuries. Finally, you will need to make a convincing argument for the damages you have suffered from your accident, and why these damages entitle you to monetary compensation.
Our attorneys have extensive experience with traumatic brain injury lawsuits, and they are here to guide you every step of the way. Contact our office as soon as possible and schedule a free case evaluation.
Damages Awarded in Traumatic Brain Injury Cases
A traumatic brain injury after an accident can have devastating consequences on the victim’s life. It can affect their ability to work, run errands, and do many other things they were able to do before the accident. Relationships with loved ones can be affected as well, since hippocampus damage has been linked with mood disorders, which will impair your ability to process emotions. These are just some of the losses you may have to deal with as a TBI victim, which is why it’s essential to seek monetary damages from the responsible individual, company, or government agency.
From a car accident of slip and fall injury lawsuit, you may be able to receive:
- Medical expenses
- Therapy bills
- Current and future lost wages
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional distress
- Property damage
- Loss of consortium
- Legal fees
- Punitive damages
Our lawyers will be happy to go over each of these damages with you and make sure that you recover all the losses you are entitled to. Some of these losses, like pain and suffering, deal with the emotional trauma associated with your accident. Many victims are unaware that they can sue for emotional trauma and simply request economic damages, like medical bills and lost wages. However, the psychological impact of an accident is something you will have to live with for the rest of your life. In many cases, accident-related trauma can lead to mental health disorders like PTSD and depression. Compensation is available for these injuries, which you can learn about during a free consultation with one of our attorneys.