After a crash, you might find yourself dealing with a brain injury. The level of injury you handle depends on the strength of the impact and the velocity when it happened. The location of the impact also influences the damage.
Regardless of the severity of the injury, you may experience memory loss. In some cases, you might even deal with moderate or severe memory damage. What are they and how do they differ?
The Model Systems Knowledge Translation Center discusses how memory functions. The brain stores memories in different areas as they process. For example, the frontal lobe stores short term memories for 15 to 30 seconds. After, memories transition to the medial temporal lobe where the brain translates them into long term memories. Long term memories get stored in different areas of the brain.
Memory loss often happens at the moment of impact. It is the result of the frontal lobe and/or medial temporal lobe taking a blow. Because of this, the brain’s usual process for handling memories gets interrupted. The frontal lobe might not pass memories on to the medial temporal lobe. But, even if it does, the medial temporal lobe may not successfully translate it into a long term memory.
Memory damage, on the other hand, lasts for longer periods of time and can have far reaching consequences. Memory damage implies difficulty coding and storing memories after the initial impact. In some instances, memory damage can last days or weeks; In others, it may last months or years.
It is possible to speed recovery through the use of rehabilitation programs and other medical aid. If you wish to pursue this option, consider seeking financial compensation to aid you.