Head injuries to the elderly can easily occur through falls or trips. While some of us can break a fall by putting our hands out in front of us, it can be harder for an elderly person to manage this. If their reactions are not as swift they may easily end up with a head injury that requires treatment.
If negligence can be identified as the cause of head injuries to the elderly there might be a good claim to make for compensation. For example if someone is walking down the street and trips on an uneven paving stone or in a pothole, there could be negligence involved because neither of those situations should occur. Getting proper legal advice in the case of a head injury potentially caused by negligence is always a good idea.
Is it vital to get medical advice after a head injury?
Sometimes an injury may seem very minor. A headache, mild dizziness and even feeling sick can all be perfectly normal after a minor injury of this kind occurs. However, if someone suffers a more serious head injury, prompt medical treatment should be sought. This also holds true if the person is on a drug such as warfarin to thin the blood. Even if the person seems fine it is better to know for sure.
Accident Advice Helpline has spoken with many people over the years who have found themselves or an elderly relative in a similar situation. While treatment for a head injury will be paramount, and a medical check is advisable with elderly people in this situation, thoughts may eventually turn to whether negligence caused the accident to take place.
Thankfully the vast majority of people with head injuries do recover. Sometimes it may simply be a case of having a headache for a few hours. In other cases, perhaps where concussion is diagnosed, the person might end up taking longer to recover, such as a few days.
In any case, if you know an elderly relative who has suffered a head injury caused in some way by someone else, call the team at Accident Advice Helpline today. It’s a free call, to 0800 689 0500, and you can benefit from taking no-obligation advice about your potential case. That one call could well lead to a compensation claim if you have a good case to make.
Date Published: July 12, 2015
Author: Rob Steen