In our last post, we discussed the various causes of Traumatic Brain Injuries, from a slip and fall accident to a serious car accident. We also talked briefly about the importance of taking steps to prevent them: traumatic brain injuries are a difficult injury to contend with once they’ve happened, and can have a wide range of symptoms and effects.
While you can’t control the actions of others, simply taking a few strong steps can dramatically reduce the risk of you or a loved one experiencing a personal injury or becoming the victim of a traumatic brain injury.
We’ve taken a few of the most common causes of TBIs and created a list of methods that can lower your risk.
Car accidents are a very common cause of TBIs, the trauma of the accident can result in any number of different types of TBIs: open head injury, closed head injury, and deceleration injury.
Steps to Take
- Wear a seat belt even at low speeds
- Do not drive under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
- Do not use a cellphone while driving, or drive distracted in any other way
- Always wear a helmet, whether riding a bicycle, motorcycle, snowmobile, or waterski
- Wear appropriate safety gear during contact sports
Slip and Fall Accidents
As far as TBI-related emergency visits and hospitalizations go, falls are the number one contributor with 523,043 visits and 62,334 hospitalizations per year. The blunt trauma of a fall most often results in a close head injury.
Steps to Take
- Use rails whenever taking stairs.
- Provide enough lighting for stair or areas where the floor might be slick
- Keep walkways clear
- Wear non-slip shoes if you work in a place with slick floors
- Take care walking in the winter
- Clean all spills immediately.
- tape down or cover cords and cables.
Hopefully, this guide will help you avoid some common causes of the traumatic brain injury causing accidents. And if you or a loved one does suffer a Traumatic Brain Inu, contact a lawyer at your earliest convenience to ask about your options.
If you or a loved one has experienced a TBI as a result of someone else’s negligence, contact an Attorney with Golden Law Offices.
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