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Accident Related Brain Injuries and Memory Loss

On a New Jersey highway in June, a fatal accident took the life of one successful comedian and tragically changed the life of another. Recent reports reveal that television actor and comedian Tracy Morgan is suffering from traumatic brain injuries. These complications are reportedly so severe that may permanently keep him from returning to the stage.

Morgan was a passenger in a limousine, when the vehicle was reportedly hit from behind by a Wal-Mart tractor trailer. In the weeks that followed, news outlets reported that the driver of the tractor trailer had been awake for more than 24 hours at the time of the accident and he was officially charged with vehicular homicide and death by automobile. Morgan also filed a lawsuit against the retail store for negligence and reckless conduct. According to recent reports, a counter suit was filed alleging that Morgan is to blame for not wearing his safety belt.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, motor vehicle accidents are the third leading cause of traumatic head injuries among victims of all age, making up about 14% of all incidents. In addition, auto accidents cause 26% of all traumatic head injury deaths, making them the second leading cause of these fatalities between 2006 and 2010. When an accident occurs, the impact can result in a variety of injuries. It can cause a jolting, bumping or penetration of the passenger’s head, which may interrupt normal brain functions.

Memory Loss

Traumatic brain symptoms may range from mild, with headaches or a brief period of unconsciousness, to severe and extended periods of disruptive brain functioning. Examples include:

Immediate Memories – This is information is briefly saved and only lasts for a few minutes, unless it is transferred into the long term memory section of the brain

Short – Term Memories – These are memories that last past 30 minutes. This type of memory loss is extremely common among traumatic head injury patients, which may explain why Morgan’s representatives are stating that he may not return to his career as a comedian.

Long Term Memories – These are the memories that remain after days, months and years. According to experts, traumatic head injuries rarely affect the long term memory. The problem is that the short term loss prevents memories from ever becoming long term.

Why Memory Loss Occurs in Brain Injuries

According to professionals, information accumulates in the middle of the brain and then channels out to different areas. Brain injuries tend to cause swelling in the midsection of the brain, which can create pressure against the skull. When this occurs, the brain cannot adequately process and distribute the large amount of information that it receives each moment.

If you or a loved one were involved in a car accident, which resulted in a severe brain injury, contact the experienced brain injury attorneys.

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