Traumatic brain injuries (TBI) often occur during vehicle collisions, intentional acts of violence, or slip and fall accidents, with the latter a particular concern for older adults. Elderly Virginia residents are more likely to suffer a fall due to the physical difficulties associated with aging, from poor vision to balance issues or side effects of medications. Simply being at-risk, or even having a pre-existing condition, doesn't protect the at-fault party from responsibility for your injury, however.
Senior Citizen Traumatic Brain Injury Fast Facts
Regardless of your age or physical condition, you deserve full and fair compensation for any damages from your head wound. You can still pursue a settlement or file a lawsuit if your accident was caused by distracted driving, failing to fix broken stairs or clear slippery pathways, and so on.
The repercussions of traumatic brain injuries, especially in older victims, can be severe and have a drastic impact on daily life. Symptoms of traumatic brain injuries in senior citizens can include:
- Confusion, disorientation, and a wide range of cognitive impacts
- Fatigue and lethargy
- Frequent headaches, nausea, or vomiting
- Language difficulties, such as slurred speech or inability to recall specific words or phrases
- Losing consciousness
- Mental and behavioral changes such as sudden outbursts or drastic mood swings
- Sensory impacts like blurred vision or sensitivity to noise
Older TBI victims are also at significantly higher risk of medical complications, especially if surgery is required. Besides putting an emotional and financial strain on you directly, the TBI may affect your family if they need to help care for you after the injury or if you need someone to make medical and financial decisions on your behalf.
Talk to an Injury Attorney
If you experienced a traumatic brain injury, or if your elderly loved one passed away or became incapacitated after a head wound caused by negligence, contact a lawyer as soon as possible. Depending on the details of your case, you may be able to recover damages for medical costs, out-of-pocket expenses, loss of wages, and pain and suffering.