5 Steps for Dealing With a Personal Injury When You're a Senior Citizen

Facing a personal injury at any age can be daunting, but is especially challenging for senior citizens.

Whether you slipped in a store or were bitten by an animal while taking a walk, chances are you didn't wake up expecting to deal with a personal injury. These types of injuries can be dangerous for adults of any age, but are especially challenging for senior citizens. As you age, your body has a harder time healing. Additionally, you may be more likely to suffer from a more serious injury than your younger counterparts. Side effects of a personal injury can include bruises, cuts, and scrapes, but sometimes injuries are more serious. You may experience a broken bone, for example. Depending on the severity of your injury, you may even need surgery or emergency medical care. No matter what type of injury occurred, make sure you know how to start dealing with it. Here's what you need to know.

1. Report the injury as soon as possible.

It's normal to want to avoid bothering or disturbing other people, but don't let politeness get in the way of seeking help for your injury. It's important that you report the accident as soon as possible. This may include talking to a store manager and reporting the accident to them. You may also need to file a police report and describe exactly what happened. In some cases, you may need to tell your insurance company about the accident. For example, if you were injured in a car accident, you may need to notify your insurance company.

2. Talk with a medical professional.

Always seek medical assistance after an accident. No matter how minor the accident may seem, you need to visit your doctor. This ensures that your physician is able to carefully monitor what happens in the days, weeks, and months that follow an accident. In some cases, you may not have side effects for a few days or weeks, so getting that early monitoring in place is key. If you have a partner, child, or grandchild who was injured during the accident, they should also seek medical care. Understand that if you are currently taking specific medication, your doctor may need to make adjustments to the dosage depending on your injuries. If you need new medication to cope with the pain, you may require further adjustments, so don't wait to reach out, and never try to adjust your medication on your own.

3. Gather documentation.

Save medical receipts, cell phone video footage, and any pictures you may have. If anyone calls, emails, or texts you, save that information, as well. Your attorney may ask you for an assortment of documentation that will help your case as it develops, so the more information you can provide that includes dates, times, and communication, the better off you'll be.

4. Meet with your attorney.

Always meet with your attorney as soon as possible. Your lawyer wants to help you succeed, so talk with them about what happened. Always include as much information as possible. While talking about the accident can be difficult, remember that your attorney wants to help you. In some cases, discussing the details of a personal injury may feel embarrassing. That's okay. Remember that nothing you say will upset or surprise your attorney. If you slipped and injured a private part of your body, that's okay. Let your lawyer know. If you're feeling scared because of what happened, you should share that, too. Your lawyer understands the sensitive nature of a personal injury and understands that as a senior citizen, you may have special needs or concerns. Talk with them about this.

5. Focus on the future.

Consider meeting with a counselor who can help you deal with the emotional side effects that often accompany personal injuries. You may be dealing with fear, anxiety, or even depression as a result of the accident, and the right counselor can help. It's okay to want to move forward and to start thinking about the future, so make sure you start taking steps to think about how you're going to move on with your life.

Have you been injured through no fault of your own? Are you wondering what your options are for moving forward? Call your personal injury lawyer today to talk about what your options are and how you can get the help you need.