We would all like to believe that life gets easier in our golden years. We’ve paid our dues, raised families and lived full lives. Sadly, many older Americans are taken advantage of or suffer serious injuries because of someone else’s bad intentions or careless behavior.
The Columbia, SC elder injury attorneys at the Louthian Law Firm believe that our elderly citizens are often treated poorly by the people and institutions that are supposed to protect them. We represent clients in many types of injury claims to be sure that they get the compensation they need to cover all the costs of their suffering.
If you or a loved one has experienced injuries, abuse or neglect, you should know that you can take legal action. We are here to help. Contact an elder injury lawyer at the Louthian Law Firm to schedule a free consultation.
Causes of Elder Injuries
Older adults suffer the same injuries as other age groups, but the consequences of those injuries can be much greater. Injuries might come as a result of…
- Nursing home abuse and neglect
- Medical malpractice
- Slip and fall injuries
- Vehicle accidents
- Workplace injuries.
These are just a few examples of how seniors suffer injuries, but it’s possible that you’ve experienced injuries in another setting. Regardless of how you suffered your injuries, you should consider your legal options if those injuries were caused by someone else’s negligence.
Types of Injuries Suffered by Elders
Seniors are more vulnerable to serious injuries when involved in an accident or subjected to abuse. A few of the most common elder injuries include…
- Hip fractures
- Wrist or ankle fractures
- Concussions/traumatic brain injuries
- Back and spinal cord injuries
- Wrongful death.
These injuries can be expensive and dramatically impact a person’s quality of life. If you or your loved one has suffered these or any other injuries, contact the Louthian Law Firm to schedule a free consultation.
Recognizing Neglect and Abuse
At the Louthian Law Firm, we help seniors that have been abused or neglected in nursing homes, assisted living facilities and in their own homes by a healthcare provider. There are many signs that an elderly person has been mistreated.
- Unexplained bruises or injuries
- Withdrawal or isolation from loved ones
- Reluctance to talk about injuries or care provider
- Poor hygiene.
If you’ve noticed any of the above signs of abuse or neglect, then you should look more closely at the person who is supposed to be providing care to your loved one. If you suspect abuse or neglect, contact the Louthian Law Firm to schedule a free consultation with our team.
Elder Injuries From Slip and Falls
More than 25 percent of adults ages 65 and older fall every year. One out of every five of these falls results in a serious injury, such as a broken bone or a head injury. More than 95 percent of broken hips are caused by falls. Falls are also the leading cause of traumatic brain injuries.
If a slip or fall was caused by unsafe property conditions, the injured party is within their rights to consider a premises liability claim to hold the owner or manager of the property accountable for the costs of their injury.
If a nursing home resident or an elderly person in a hospital falls because they weren’t being helped by their nurse, doctor or attendant, the injured elder can also consider their legal options. Contact the Louthian Law Firm today to learn how we can help.
Who is Responsible?
After reviewing the many causes of injuries, you might be wondering who should be held responsible for the harm you or your loved one has suffered. The answer depends on many factors. The first thing your elder injury attorney will consider is the setting in which the injury occurred. If the injury happened in a vehicle accident, the attorney will look at the at-fault driver’s behavior. If the injury happened in a medical setting, the attorney will review the care provided by healthcare professionals.
In some cases, liability is clear. In others, an in-depth investigation is needed to understand how an injury happened and who should be held accountable. The Columbia, SC elder injury lawyer at the Louthian Law Firm make sure we find out why the injury happened, so we can hold the at-fault parties responsible for the consequences of their actions.
Expenses Covered in Legal Claims
By filing an injury claim, you can seek payment for…
- Medical expenses
- Ongoing care
- Pain and suffering
- Lost income
- Any other expense directly related to an injury.
If you or a loved one needs an attorney to help you explore your options after an elder injury in South Carolina, don’t hesitate to contact the Louthian Law Firm. We believe that everyone deserves fairness, and we are proud of the results we’ve achieved for older clients that have suffered serious injuries.