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Study finds older adults take longer to recover from car crashes

Being in a car crash is scary at any age and often leads to injuries for the people involved. According to a recent study, however, the long-term consequences of those injuries are different depending on the age of the person involved in the crash.

The study was recently published in the Annals of Emergency Medicine, and focused on the long-term effects of car accidents on senior citizens.

The researchers found that some injuries that have a short recovery time for younger people lead to “a negative spiral of pain and disability” for seniors. 

In all, 72 percent of the seniors involved in the study indicated that they had moderate to severe pain when they were cared for in an emergency room after the auto accident. After six months, over one-quarter of those seniors still indicated they had moderate to severe pain as a result of the injuries they suffered in the crash.

In addition, almost three-quarters of those with moderate to severe pain reported that they were dealing with a decline in their physical abilities. Not only that, but approximately one-quarter of the seniors had to change their living situation so they could have more help because of the injuries they suffered.

Not surprisingly, more than 50 percent of the seniors involved in the study were regularly taking pain relievers six months after the accident to deal with the effects of their injuries.

When a senior suddenly needs additional help and long-term medical care, including prescription medications, the costs can seem unmanageable. In such cases, a lawyer can help. 

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