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What are the potential effects of a traumatic brain injury in my elderly mother?

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Unfortunately, elderly people often suffer from traumatic brain injuries (TBI) after falling and hitting their heads. When an older adult sustains a TBI in Georgia, the severity of the brain injury can range from mild to severe. Depending on whether your mother lost consciousness for a brief moment or an extended period of time, may determine the severity level.

Most traumatic brain injuries that occur in this nation are mild TBIs that cause victims headaches, dizziness, memory or concentration problems and other short-term changes; however, severe traumatic brain injuries can bring about long-term changes such as:

  • Language – TBI victims may not be able to communicate, understand, or express themselves like they used to
  • Sensation – The ability to taste, smell, and touch may be lost or impaired after a TBI
  • Thinking – TBI damage affects a victim’s memory, reasoning, and processing
  • Emotion – People living with TBI face depression, aggression, anxiety, personality changes and are often socially inappropriate

Traumatic brain injuries in Georgia and worldwide are now thought to increase a person’s risk for Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, and other brain disorders, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).  Additionally, if an older person repeatedly falls and suffers several mild TBIs, it can result in neurological and cognitive deficits.

If your loved one has suffered a brain injury in Peachtree City, Georgia, due to someone else’s negligence or unsafe property conditions, you should speak with a skilled Fayette County brain injury lawyer today. Contact the Law Offices of Shane Smith at 770.487.8999 for a free consultation.

Shane Smith
Advocate for the Seriously Injured in Georgia