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Hippocampus Injury after Car Accident – Slip and Fall Lawyer


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:

  • Computerized tomography scan (CT scan)

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.

  • Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)

MRIs also create a picture of the brain, but the process involves magnets and radio waves, instead of X-rays.

  • Intracranial pressure monitoring (ICP)

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.

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How much can you get from a Traumatic Brain Injury Lawsuit?

Hippocampus injury and other traumatic brain injury cases are worth 6-7 figures on average, meaning an award of $100,000 to $1 million or more is a real possibility. The reason for the high amounts is the long-term or lifelong effects of these injuries and what they take away from a person’s life. If you’re unable to work, for example, you deserve compensation for the wages you will lose throughout your life. Lifelong medical costs are another significant factor in these awards, as most victims need on-going treatment to manage their condition.

To give you an idea of what these cases are worth, here are some examples of traumatic injury settlements throughout the country:

  • $271,000 for a Maryland plaintiff who developed TBI and spinal injuries after he was rear-ended on the highway.
  • $2.4 million for a man in Virginia Beach, who was riding his bicycle. He was struck on the head by a side mirror of a truck and was later diagnosed with traumatic brain injury.
  • $1.05 million for a Minnesota plaintiff who developed TBI after a slip and fall on ice at a business center.
  • $12.2 million for a California pedestrian who was hit by a car and sustained numerous injuries, including traumatic brain injury.
  • $575,000 for a Kansas driver who suffered TBI after being struck by a motorist that was distracted by their cell phone.

The value of your own accident may not match the examples we’ve provided, but you can see the compensation that may be recovered when a brain injury is involved. To learn what you can receive from a brain injury lawsuit, call our office and speak to a California car accident or slip and fall attorney.

Talk to a California Brain Injury Lawyer

A brain injury is one of the more challenging cases to prove when it comes to personal injury. The main issue is that injuries to the brain, like hippocampus damage, take time to manifest. Due to their delayed nature, insurance companies are likely to deny injury claims by saying that the injury was caused by something other than the accident. They may also doubt the severity of the brain injury and offer a settlement that’s far less than what the victim deserves.

A skilled attorney can help you win the damages you’re entitled to, but most victims are unable to pay for legal representation. That won’t be a problem with us, as we offer a Zero fee guarantee. Under this plan, you will pay nothing to hire one of our lawyers and get started on a claim for damages. In fact, you will pay us nothing at all throughout your case, since we ask for our fees in your demand letter to the at-fault party. That means we get paid at the same time you do, and if we don’t win your case, you owe us nothing at all.

There is nothing you will lose by giving us a call and learning about your available legal options. Contact our office and schedule a free case evaluation.


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