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Biggest mistakes you can make with a personal injury case

Senior citizens in Florida suffer injuries every day. In 2014, approximately 29 million falls occurred in the United States, resulting in 7 million injuries to the nation's older citizens.

In many cases, another party will hold liability for the injury. You may want to pursue a personal injury claim, but you need to do so cautiously. Many mistakes can seriously jeopardize the claim.

3 Signs Your Aging Parent Has Suffered a Traumatic Brain Injury

Being anxious about your aging mother's desire to live alone is normal. You are worried that she is taking too many risks. She recently suffered a fall while walking to the car, and now you're noticing that something is a little off. She didn't have any noticeable injuries, except for a bump on the back of her head. The signs and symptoms of a mild traumatic brain injury can be far-ranging, and the damage may be far-reaching. 

How to talk to your aging parents about their driving

People's motor skills begin to deteriorate as they get older. As a result, you may worry about whether your aging parents should continue operating vehicles.

The first thing you should do is take note of your parents' ability to drive. If they seem safe and aware of their surroundings, then you may not have to speak to them. In the event you do need to have this talk, make it clear you simply care about their well-being. You do not want them sustaining injuries or hurting someone else when there are plenty of other options available for getting around town.

Managing the number one cause of injury for seniors

As you age, it is no secret your health declines and you gain a variety of medical problems. While you may associate death with these conditions, they are actually not the most directly responsible for loss of life. However, they are a contributing factor in what the National Council on Aging reports is the leading cause of seniors sustaining fatal and nonfatal injuries: falls.

Why slips and falls are potentially very dangerous

If you are a Florida retiree, you may share nostalgic stories with your friends and neighbors about back in the day when the funniest thing a TV and movie comic could do was take a pratfall in front of a group of horrified, albeit snickering, bystanders. While these carefully choreographed falls may have been funny, there is nothing humorous about falling.

Falls are the leading cause of traumatic brain injury, a highly serious, oftentimes catastrophic, injury to your head and/or neck of such force that your brain becomes dysfunctional in some way. Since your chances of falling increase as you grow older, it follows that your chance of suffering a TBI likewise increases.

Why slips and falls are potentially very dangerous

If you are a Florida retiree, you may share nostalgic stories with your friends and neighbors about back in the day when the funniest thing a TV and movie comic could do was take a pratfall in front of a group of horrified, albeit snickering, bystanders. While these carefully choreographed falls may have been funny, there is nothing humorous about falling.

Falls are the leading cause of traumatic brain injury, a highly serious, oftentimes catastrophic, injury to your head and/or neck of such force that your brain becomes dysfunctional in some way. Since your chances of falling increase as you grow older, it follows that your chance of suffering a TBI likewise increases.

The VA can provide elderly veterans with options for their care

As a veteran, you are likely proud of your service to the United States. You helped protect your country. Now that you are older, it may be time to turn to the government you protected for help. Elderly veterans may apply for a range of benefits from VA.

3 signs it is time to stop driving

No one wants to lose any privileges, particularly those related to driving. It is important for senior citizens to remain honest with themselves and know when it is time to hang up the car keys for good. When your loved ones approach you about putting an end to driving, take their concerns genuinely; they only look out for your best interest. 

Many people can continue to drive well into their 80s, while others need to stop driving much sooner. Remain aware of your personal driving capabilities, and if you notice any of the following beginning to happen, then it is paramount you stop driving before you end up in a collision

Understand how your medicine affects you before driving

It may be frustrating that you need to take a range of medications these days, especially if your prescriptions leave you feeling unlike your normal self. You and other Florida seniors who are on a regular medicine regime may feel tempted to ignore the side effects as much as you can and continue living as normal. This may work just fine, until you get behind the wheel. You will need to understand the possible consequences of driving under the influence of a legal drug.

The National Institute on Drug Abuse cautions that pain relievers are the most common prescription medication that people had in their systems when they were involved in a crash. This is because prescription painkillers, particularly narcotic pain relief, can cause drowsiness. Your prescription bottle may warn you not to drive after taking your medication, for good reason.

Understanding negligence in Florida personal injury cases

A typical personal injury case has two major components: negligence and damages. To prevail and receive compensation, you must show you suffered certain types of tangible losses. You must also show the losses happened because the defendant acted negligently.

This differs from saying the defendant caused the injury. Sometimes, a person may act perfectly reasonably, yet another person still suffers injury. In most cases, excepting those where strict liability applies, the law requires the defendant to do something wrong and for that wrongdoing to cause the accident.

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