As we become older, we are presented with more aches, pains and ailments. Not only do we see wrinkles, spots and grey hairs, but things like arthritis, fragile bones and chronic back pain. Though personal injury claims are available to people of all ages, the elderly may be more successful due to the fact that they cannot heal as quickly as the young.
Different types of claims
- Road traffic accidents
The elderly could be injured in a road traffic accident as a driver, passenger or even pedestrian. Common issues after a road traffic accident include whiplash, broken bones and head injury. An elderly person, due to their age, may not recover as quickly as a younger person and can have lasting medical ailments. This is why the aged may be able to secure more car crash compensation.
- Slips, trips and falls
Our bones become more fragile the older we get, which can make injuries happen a lot easier. An elderly person may experience a slip, trip or fall accident in a place of business or on the road through no fault of their own. Examples of this could be slippery floors in a shop after cleaning, debris from construction on a pavement and carpets not being fitted correctly. Older people may fall victim to accidents like these which could affect them for the rest of their lives, which makes them more likely to receive slip, trip or fall compensation.
- Work related injury
Though most of the elderly are enjoying their retirement with lasting memories of their working years, some have lasting pain. While the pain may or may not have been caused by accidents at work, the elderly can suffer as a result of their working days. Effects of ailments such as repetitive strain injury can show up later in life through arthritis and chronic muscle pain. Though work related injuries like these are commonly thought to be the preserve of those who are involved in hard labour, people can still suffer from these injuries in any job.
Whether you’re old or young, you can call Accident Advice Helpline on 0800 689 0500 if you’ve been hurt and it isn’t your fault. Our solicitors work on a 100 per cent no-win, no-fee* basis, ensuring you have peace of mind. Professional advisers are here to help 24/7 whenever you need us.
Date Published: March 12, 2014
Author: David Brown