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Accident compensation might be available for brain injury victims

Older residents of Ohio who have a vascular disease are at higher risk of incurring a fatal traumatic brain injury according to the results of a study. The purpose of the study was to determine if it is possible to identify individuals who might be at greater risk of a brain trauma in order to take precautions to prevent the head injury from happening. Preliminary results have researchers looking at vascular conditions, depression, multiple chronic illnesses and difficulty performing activities of daily living as possible indicators of an at-risk individual.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, a traumatic brain injury caused by a fall is a leading cause of death for individuals who are 65 years of age and older. Finding a way to predict which individuals are more susceptible to such an injury could, in light of the CDC statistics, reduce the frequency of one of the leading causes of death in older adults.

Surprisingly, researchers found that alcohol abuse and a sedentary lifestyle in older adults were not, on their own, capable of predicting if an individual was at risk of suffering a brain injury. Reducing the hazards, such as broken steps, wet floors, and loose or broken handrails, might be one method of preventing a fall from occurring.

When a head injury is the result of a fall or other type of accident caused by the negligence of another party, the victim might be entitled to compensation for medical expenses, rehabilitation services and long-term care. A personal injury attorney might be of assistance in filing a lawsuit seeking those and other damages from the at-fault party.

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