Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) In The Elderly

Traumatic brain injury (TBI) is heard in discussions of injuries among the elderly, including nursing home accident injuries.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has a page for traumatic brain injury which has a variety of statistics and discussion of this injury topic.

As seen on this page:

Traumatic brain injury (TBI) is a serious public health problem in the United States. Each year, traumatic brain injuries contribute to a substantial number of deaths and cases of permanent disability. In 2010 2.5 million TBIs occured either as an isolated injury or along with other injuries.

As to how TBI occurs, the page provides the following explanation:

A TBI is caused by a bump, blow or jolt to the head or a penetrating head injury that disrupts the normal function of the brain. Not all blows or jolts to the head result in a TBI. The severity of a TBI may range from “mild,” i.e., a brief change in mental status or consciousness to “severe,” i.e., an extended period of unconsciousness or amnesia after the injury.

Mayo Clinic also has a page for Traumatic brain injury in which it provides a similar explanation, as well as a number of other resources regarding TBI.

Of course, any time a head injury occurs, one should have it immediately assessed by a qualified medical professional, as such head injuries can often be serious, and in many cases fatal.  As seen in the “Severe Traumatic Brain Injury” page:

Each year, TBIs contribute to a substantial number of deaths and cases of permanent disability. In fact, TBI is a contributing factor to a third (30%) of all injury-related deaths in the United States.1 In 2010, approximately 2.5 million people sustained a traumatic brain injury.

Due to a number of reasons, elderly adults are susceptible to falls, which are discussed throughout this site, including on the “Nursing Home Falls Statistics” and “Preventing Falls In Nursing Homes” pages.  (Additional information concerning falls can be seen in the CDC document titled “Falls Among Older Adults:  An Overview.”)

As seen on the CDC’s page titled “Help Seniors Live Better, Longer:  Prevent Brain Injury,” falls are the leading cause of TBI among seniors.

An excerpt:

  • Falls are the leading cause of TBI.
  • People 65 years of age and older have the highest rates of TBI-related hospitalizations and death.
  • Family members and other caregivers of older adults can help protect their loved ones’ health and independence by:
    • Reducing their risk for falls
    • Recognizing signs of TBI after a fall occurs; and
    • Taking appropriate steps when signs of TBI are observed.

The CDC has prepared a document titled “Preventing Traumatic Brain Injury in Older Adults,” which offers steps to prevent TBI injuries in older adults, as well as a discussion of various signs & symptoms in identifying mild, moderate and severe TBI.

Should someone you care for in a Chicago nursing home, or any other Illinois nursing home or care facility, suffer fall injuries, including those that include a TBI injury, you may have grounds for filing a lawsuit.  While, of course, not all injuries are caused by carelessness or negligence on the part of the long-term health care provider, in instances where such an injury happens due to negligence or abuse a lawsuit may be warranted.

Each nursing home injury should be assessed, from a legal perspective, on a case-by-case basis.  While not all falls at a care facility will lead to compensation, the Chicago nursing home lawyers at the Elman Law Group will determine whether the health care facility is liable for injuries.  Please call the personal injury trial lawyers at the Elman Law Group at (773) 392-8182 to discuss the accident injury and to get a legal overview.  This consultation is provided free of charge.

Elman Law Group, LLC handles cases on a contingency basis…you will not be charged legal fees unless and until there is a monetary recovery.

Elman Law Group has been handling Illinois personal injury cases for over 20 years.  During this time, we have handled over 10,000 Illinois personal injury lawsuits, and we have established a reputation for our court trial capabilities.  In addition to handling our own personal injury court trials, we also handle those from other firms.