Seniors age 75 and older have the highest risk of suffering a brain injury. A traumatic brain injury (TBI) can occur for many reasons, but a slip and fall accident is the most common cause in seniors. TBIs can also result from car accidents. If your elderly parent suffered a brain injury in an accident that was due to the negligence of another party, there are several things to consider that can help protect their legal rights and get them the compensation they deserve. Elderly brain injuries

Signs of a Brain Injury in the Elderly

TBIs can affect people of all ages, but senior citizens are an increased risk for this type of injury and can have a range of symptoms that vary in degree. If your parent has fallen, they may have physical signs of trauma to their head such as bruising or cuts; they may briefly lose consciousness; or they may not be aware that they have a brain injury at all. There are less obvious signs that can indicate a brain injury, including:

  • Persistent headache that does not go away
  • Loss of balance or coordination
  • Memory loss and problems concentrating
  • Changes in mood such as feeling depressed
  • Blurred vision
  • Ringing in the ears
  • Slurred speech

If you notice your parent is exhibiting signs of a TBI, seek immediate medical attention.
Undiagnosed brain injuries can lead to bigger problems and can cause permanent damage if not addressed. Some brain injuries can even be fatal.

What to Do Next

If your parent is diagnosed with a TBI after an accident, you may not know what to do next. Speaking with a brain injury lawyer can help you understand your parent’s legal rights and how to protect them financially.

If your parent was injured due to the negligence of another party, you may be able to file a personal injury claim to recover damages. A brain injury attorney review your claim and determine if your parent is entitled to compensation. An attorney will also negotiate with insurance companies and calculate the value of your claim to ensure you get a fair settlement. Many TBIs require continuous care and result in on-going medical expenses. Those who suffer a brain injury may have long-term problems with their cognitive thinking and judgement and have issues with their mental health.

A brain injury lawyer can ensure your elderly parent gets the full amount of compensation they deserve for the following damages:

  • Past, present, and future medical bills
  • Rehabilitation costs
  • Lost wages
  • Pain and suffering

Contact Us to Learn More

If your elderly parent suffered a TBI in an accident, Browning Law Firm can help. Contact us, or call for a free consultation with our legal team.