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Why TBIs are more likely to be fatal for seniors

Just about any kind of injury can prove to be more serious for a senior or elderly adult than for a younger one. Most people know, for example, that fractures are more likely to impact seniors because people’s bones don’t heal as effectively as they age.

Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) can also be particularly serious for older people. That’s important to know because when seniors fall, they often strike their head on the floor or ground. In fact, more than 80% of people 65 and older suffer TBIs when they fall. These head injuries from falls too often are what cause such falls to prove fatal.

How the brain changes as we age

One reason the brain is more vulnerable in older people is that it shrinks over time. That shrinkage doesn’t necessarily have a noticeable effect on a person’s memory or cognition. However, it does create added space between the brain and the skull that protects it. That gives the brain more room to move around if a person strikes their head.

As the brain shrinks, the veins that connect the brain and the skull shrink and tighten. That makes them more susceptible to damage and for bleeding in the brain to occur. This can be exacerbated by anti-inflammatory medications and blood thinners, which many older people take for arthritis and high blood pressure, respectively. This is called a subdural hematoma.

A subdural hematoma can be fatal if it’s not diagnosed and treated quickly. That’s one reason why it’s crucial for seniors to get a medical evaluation immediately after a head injury – and a good idea for anyone to do so, regardless of their age.

If you or or a loved one has suffered a TBI as the result of a property owner’s negligence or the actions or negligence of any party, they can likely be held liable for medical costs and other expenses and damages. The fact that a person is older, and therefore more susceptible to serious injury, has nothing to do with liability if there is an unsafe condition or they were the victim of a violent attack or a reckless driver. Seeking experienced legal guidance can help hold appropriate party(ies) accountable.