Traumatic Brain Injuries that occur in elderly car accident victims need more attention and special care.
Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBI’s) are serious injuries that require immediate attention and correct diagnosis. Traumatic Brain Injuries that occur due to a car accident might not even show up at the time of the accident. Its effects could present themselves months or years later.
Traumatic Brain Injuries that occur in elderly victims need more attention and special care, because TBI’s in the elderly can present unique challenges. If these challenges are not addressed in the correct manner, it could affect the amount of the compensation or the ability to secure compensation for TBI.
Special Concerns for Older TBI Victims?
Traumatic Brain Injuries occurring in elderly people pose a unique set of challenges compared to younger TBI patients. While the medical conditions and symptoms could be the same as younger TBI victims face, their degree and level of severity, as well as recovery time increases drastically.
- Effects of age on Traumatic Brain Injury – As people age, the brain loses its ability to heal itself and restore normal functioning. Elderly TBI victims often experience more severe symptoms that can increase their level of disability. With an elderly TBI patient the outcome after a TBI is poorer than for younger victims. These factors must be taken into account when filing a claim for compensation.
- Age and TBI – Degeneration or atrophy of brain tissue increases with age. In elderly TBI victims, TBI can actually accelerate or advance this degeneration. Moreover, it is often difficult to prove whether the brain atrophy started before or after the accident. If the lawyer can establish that the atrophy was caused, or aggravated by the Traumatic Brain Injury, it can improve the chances of recovering a higher compensation. Lawyers often seek help of medical experts and other resources, to distinguish between natural brain atrophy and atrophy occurring due to TBI, to prove the connection between the TBI and brain damage in court.
- Alzheimer’s, Dementia and TBI – Those who suffer from TBI are at a risk of developing Alzheimer’s later on in life. If the elderly victim had dementia or Alzheimer’s before suffering a TBI, expert testimony and proper medical evidence would be required to prove aggravation of a pre-existing condition.
Legal Help for Elderly Victims
Elderly TBI victims should seek legal assistance from a trained and experienced St. Louis traumatic brain injury lawyer who is aware of the effects age can have on TBIs. At The Hoffmann Law Firm, L.L.C., we will use expert testimony, medical evidence, interviews with friends and family, and other resources to prove the effect of injury on the victim’s life. We can also prove aggravation of a pre-existing condition attributable to traumatic brain injury.
Contact us today at (314) 361-4242 or fill out our online contact form. Having a qualified and competent lawyer on your side will ensure that your legal rights are protected, and that you get the rightful compensation for your injuries and suffering.