Spinal Cord Injury in the Elderly

elderly with spinal cord injury

As experienced specialist lawyers for people who have sustained spinal cord injuries, the team at Aspire Law know that every single person’s needs are different. The spine is incredibly complex, and an injury that is completely debilitating to one individual, may not be so in another.

 

Tailored legal advice

You may be wondering what difference all this makes to solicitors, but having some understanding of the complexities of their clients’ needs, or potential needs, means that Aspire Law can offer tailored advice for each individual. For example, a previously active or sporty teenager who must now adapt to life in a wheelchair may require counselling to help them adjust to the change – the costs of this counselling can be included in a claim for compensation. The main aim when pursuing a personal injury claim is to help the injured party rebuild their life, and regain their independence.

 

The increase in SCI amongst older people

One worrying trend that is being reported is an increasing number of older people who are sustaining SCIs. These are people who are already vulnerable and at the risk of a loss of independence. Whilst nothing can give you back the mobility that you may have lost after an accident, by working with spinal injury charity Aspire, Aspire Law can help their clients access the right care, support, and funding to maintain their independence and quality of life.

 

Why are the elderly so at risk of spinal injury?

There are a number of factors that contribute to spinal injury in the elderly, for example, Many people are living longer, so there are – simply put – more elderly people than there were fifty years ago. Many elderly people continue to lead active lives, even when frailty, balance, or cognitive issues (such as dementia) suggest that they should slow down.

 

Are there differences in treatment?

In some, maybe even many cases, treating and managing a SCI in an elderly person will be a little different to one in an otherwise fit and healthy 20-year-old. Whilst it is always best to discuss these things with your doctor, some things to look out for might include:

 

  • Pharmacokinetics (the effect of your body on a medication) and pharmacodynamics (the effect of a medication on your body) can change as you age.
  • Psychological effects, such as adaptability and the ability to ask for and accept help.
  • The incidence of secondary complications.

 

If you, or someone you love, has sustained SCI from an accident that was not your fault, get in touch with Aspire Law today.