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Brain Injuries and Head Trauma with Senior Citizens


The Problem

Each year an estimated 1.5 million people sustain a traumatic brain injury (TBI) – a blow or jolt to the head that disrupts the function of the brain.   Mild traumatic brain injury may cause dizziness or temporary loss of consciousness; more serious traumatic injuries can result in bruising of the brain, torn tissues, bleeding, and damage resulting in long-term complications.

Protect Our Seniors

As adults, we need to be aware of causes and symptoms of brain trauma that our parents and senior citizens may display.   A major cause of brain trauma is falls — accounting for 40% of all brain injuries. Falling out of bed, slipping in the bath, falling down steps, stumbling on sidewalks and curbs, and related falls are among the most common causes of brain injuries among senior citizens.


Responsible adults need to be sensitive to their parents and senior citizens who are prone to falling. Age frequently makes seniors vulnerable to balance issues that result in falls.   Therefore, it is critical that we be aware of the common symptoms of brain trauma that may result from falling.

Physical Symptoms include:

  • Loss of consciousness for a few seconds to a few minutes.
  • Being dazed, confused, or disoriented.
  • Headaches.
  • Nausea or vomiting.
  • Fatigue or drowsiness.
  • Difficulty sleeping.
  • Sleeping more than usual.
  • Dizziness or loss of balance.

Sensory Symptoms include:

  • Blurred vision, ringing in the ears, a bad taste in the mouth, or changes in the ability to smell.
  • Sensitivity to light or sound.

Cognitive or Mental Symptoms include:

  • Memory/concentration problems.
  • Confusion.
  • Mood changes, swings, combativeness, or unusual behavior.
  • Slurred speech.
  • Fatigue or drowsiness.
  • Difficulty sleeping.
  • Sleeping more than usual.
  • Dizziness or loss of balance.

When To See a Doctor

Always see a doctor if you learn of a fall experience by a parent or senior citizen. Even if there are no immediate signs of a bow to the head, any fall should be a concern. Seek emergency medical care if there are any signs or symptoms that they may have suffered a traumatic brain injury.

Be aware that the terms are ‘mild’, ‘moderate’, and ‘severe’ are used among the medical community. But, even a ‘mild’ injury to the brain of a senior citizen is serious and requires attention.


Even the most ‘mild’ brain injury requires monitoring and treatment. Treatment ranges from medications, surgery and rehabilitation. Monitoring and ongoing observation is critical to ensure the well being of the senior citizen.


To reduce the risk of brain injuries, the following tips are helpful:

  • Always use seat belts when in vehicles.
  • Wear a helmet when riding a bicycle, motorcycle, or all-terrain vehicle. Also wear head protection when skiing, skating, or riding a horse.

Prevent falls around the house by:

  • Installing handrails in bathrooms
  • Put nonslip mats in the bathtub or shower
  • Remove area rugs
  • Install handrails on both sides of staircases.
  • Improve lighting throughout the home.
  • Keep stairs and floors clear of clutter.

As an attorney, I feel it is my responsibility to increase awareness of the impact brain injuries can have on families. Injuries can be extreme and life changing.

The law firm of Friend, Levinson & Turner represents clients throughout Chicagoland who have suffered severe brain injuries. We understand that after experiencing such a trauma, medical bills need to be paid and covered. Plus, we pursue all legal avenues to get you and your family the compensation you deserve for your injuries.

If you or a loved one experiences a traumatic brain injured, please call my office or email.

AT Friend, Levinson, Turner Law, William Turner Is Here For You.


William J. Turner

William Turner has represented hundreds of working men and women who have been victims of the negligence of others – gaining equitable compensation for the medical expenses and pain and suffering for his clients. He concentrates his practice in the trial of complex personal injury cases, including car and truck accidents, construction mishaps, medical malpractice, dog and animal attacks, nursing home abuse, and slip-and-falls. Additionally, he offers niche counsel and advocacy for workers who are injured on a job.

William has obtained judgements from juries in approximately 150 cases and has secured fair and comprehensive settlements in even more over his career. William Turner has dedicated his professional life to fighting for the rights of those who are injured as a result of the negligent acts of others.

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