Traumatic Brain Injuries Among Older Adults - Looking Into Long-Term Effects
Traumatic Brain Injury
Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) can cause serious physical, mental, and emotional problems among people of any age, but they're especially prevalent among older adults. For seniors, a group that frequently experiences slips and falls, a TBI can come about just from tripping on the corner of a rug or losing balance and not having a railing to hold on to.
Researchers are continuing to look into ways to not only prevent TBIs, but also to study both their short-term and long-term effects, including among seniors.
One recent example is research emerging from the University of Southern California that examines microhemorrhages, or small bleeds, in the brain following TBIs in older adults. The researchers are interested in issues such as prognoses, effects on cognition and general health, and the ability to predict outcomes even though TBIs can have widely varying effects from one individual to another.
The hope is that this research will help refine and improve treatments for TBIs and give us a better understanding of the brain - its vulnerabilities, how it recovers, and subtle cause and effect mechanisms. TBIs can bring about loss of consciousness, paralysis, and a variety of other harsh physical symptoms, such as severe pain, dizziness, and nausea. A TBI may also lead to a host of mental and emotional problems, including struggles with memory and language, and anxiety and depressed moods.
Reaching out to an attorney after a TBI
In many situations, TBIs result from preventable accidents. To give a few examples - a stair railing wasn't secured, a floor was left slippery, a window guard wasn't properly installed, or a driver was violating traffic law.
It's important to consult with an attorney after an accident to determine fair ways for receiving compensation to help you cope with the costs. Emergency room visits, surgeries, hospitalization, outpatient care, and therapy are extremely costly. You may also need to deal with permanent disabilities and reduced quality of life.
Don't hesitate to contact us for dedicated support and legal advice that's based on years of experience.