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People are generally living longer these days and are more active in the second half of life. But when injuries happen, they can affect seniors and the elderly much more severely than they would a younger person. So instead of taking part in the activities you enjoy, you could find yourself in poor health and faced with doctor bills, hospital costs and other expenses.

If your injuries were caused by someone else’s negligence or wrongful act, you shouldn’t have to pay the financial price along with the physical and emotional ones. With the help of our compassionate and highly skilled senior injury lawyers, you may be able to get compensation for the harm you’ve suffered. This money could pay for your medical bills and for other losses you’ve experienced due to your injuries. Don’t hesitate to arrange a free consultation with the National Injured Senior Law Center when you’ve been seriously hurt. Call us at (877) 228-4878 to schedule a free consultation. Our focus is on looking out for innocent seniors who have been hurt through no fault of their own.

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Common Injuries to Seniors

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The consequences of a serious injury can be dire for seniors. As people age, they often heal more slowly than younger people, causing them to lose mobility for longer periods of time and/or require more extensive medical care. In addition, seniors often have chronic medical conditions that may put them at a higher risk for complications from injuries.

According to the National Institute of Health, seniors are more prone to injuries than younger individuals. In many cases, these injuries occur because of someone else’s negligence. When an individual, medical professional, nursing home, drug or medical device company or medical facility causes an injury, the victim and/or the victim’s family may be entitled to compensation from the responsible party.

Like people of all ages, seniors may suffer a wide range of injuries. However, some of the most common injuries among seniors include:

SEPSIS

Sepsis is a potentially life-threatening reaction to an existing infection in the body. It can occur when a person gets a bacterial or viral infection that isn’t adequately treated. Adults 65 years of age and older are at higher risk of sepsis.

HOSPITAL INFECTIONS

Common infections people get in hospitals include urinary tract infections, wound and surgical site infections, blood infections, and pneumonia, which is an infection of the lungs. Medical devices, poor attention to cleanliness and overuse of antibiotics can cause infections.

WRONGFUL DEATH

Wrongful death means that someone’s passing was due to the negligence of another individual, a medical professional, a nursing home’s staff, a defective drug or medical device, or a healthcare provider. It may occur due to negligent healthcare, unsafe property conditions, reckless behavior or in any other setting in which carelessness leads to loss of life.

FRACTURES

Fractures are common among seniors, as their bones tend to be weaker and more prone to breaks. The most common fracture sites include the hips, leg bones, arm bones, pelvis and spine.

BEDSORES

Bedsores, or pressure ulcers, typically develop when seniors spend too much time in the same position, such as in a bed or chair. Bedsores are painful and unsightly. They also put seniors at risk of developing infections.

BURN & LACERATIONS

Accidents involving seniors may cause burns and lacerations. Although these injuries will usually heal, they may be prone to infection, especially among seniors with chronic conditions like diabetes.

Frequent Causes of Injuries to Seniors

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One of the most common causes of serious injuries to older people is from falls. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:

  • One in four people over the age of 65 falls every year.
  • Every 11 seconds, a senior goes to the emergency room for a fall.
  • Every 19 minutes, a senior dies due to a fall.

Falls that result in fractures, traumatic brain injuries and other serious issues can happen just about anywhere. A fall can happen at the grocery store where you slip on a spill that was not cleaned up. Trips and falls can happen on uneven sidewalks or on other properties that aren’t properly maintained.

As with younger people, negligent motor vehicle accidents can cause injuries. Unlike with younger people, though, seniors may experience more severe injuries because of their age and possibly more frail conditions.

Nursing home injuries are also quite common. When a person who has trouble moving on their own isn’t regularly turned, they can develop dangerous bedsores that become infected. Falls are also common in nursing facilities, especially those that don’t have enough trained staff on hand to provide proper patient care.

These are just a few general examples of how injuries to seniors happen. We can answer questions about your injury and filing a legal claim.

A legal claim holds the party who negligently injured you accountable for your injuries. When you file a claim, which we will do on your behalf, we’ll aggressively negotiate with the at-fault party’s insurance company to get you compensation for your injuries. If you’re not offered a fair settlement amount, or if the person denies they are responsible, we’ll counsel you about the process for going to trial.

If you’re a senior who has been injured, you can file a claim yourself. In cases where the elder victim isn’t able to file the claim because they are incapacitated or, if it is a wrongful death claim, has passed away, their family may be able to take legal action instead. If the claim is successful, the victim and/or the victim’s family can receive compensation for the injuries in question.

Every case is different. What you might get will depend on your injuries and the circumstances of your case. Damages that may be asked for in legal claims include payment of medical bills, lost wages if you are a working senior, and pain and suffering for your physical and emotional trauma. Injury claims can result in settlements and awards from the thousands of dollars into the hundreds of thousands and more.


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    If you or an elderly loved one has been hurt by someone else’s actions or neglect, we’ll help you understand whether you may be able to get compensation through a legal claim. Once we learn the details of your case, we’ll advise you about your options.

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