Traumatic brain injuries and concussions are often undiagnosed. Yet even a mild brain injury can cause permanent damage and serious medical problems. On average, 1.7 million people suffer a brain injury every year. As personal injury attorneys, the lawyers at Ray Hodge & Associates sees many TBI’s that could have been prevented. To help avoid these potentially life-changing injuries, we’ve listed a few tips to help protect you and your family from a TBI.
Prevent a TBI in the car:
Always wear a seatbelt.
Properly restrain any children in the vehicle with a car seat, booster seat, or safety belt.
Never drive drunk or under the influence of drugs or medication.
Prevent a TBI in your home:
Remove potential tripping hazards, such as clutter from hallways or stairways.
Always clean up spills immediately.
Have a secure handrail for stairways.
Have proper lighting to see the walkways, especially on stairs. Sue night lights when it’s dark.
Secure window screens so that children cannot fall out of open windows.
When young children are in your home, use safety gates at the top and bottom of stairs.
Play activities in the grass, not on concrete or other hard surfaces.
Prevent a TBI in public:
Pay attention to spills and slippery surfaces and unexpected level changes.
Avoid walking through construction areas where something could fall.
Only cross the street where there is a crosswalk
Prevent a TBI while playing sports:
Always wear protective gear, especially a helmet while riding a bike, motorcycle, scooter, ATV/UTV, roller blading or skateboarding.
Also wear protective gear while playing contact sports such as football, ice hockey, boxing, horseback riding, playing baseball, and skiing or snowboarding.
Never dive into a pool that is less than 6 foot deep.
In the unfortunate event that you or a loved one does suffer a traumatic brain injury, it’s important to seek medical help immediately. If a family member isn’t acting normal after an accident, it could be the result of a TBI that went unnoticed.
To learn more about the signs and symptoms of a mild traumatic brain injury go to our article here.*
If you have had a Kansas traumatic brain injury that was not your fault and need medical treatment, you need an experienced professional who can help you get back on the road to recovery. Call us today at 316-269-1414 or visit our contact page here. Our Kansas personal injury attorneys will provide you a free initial consultation and if we take your case you don’t pay a dime unless we recover money for you. Even then we only take a percentage of the total amount of your recovery.
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