TBI & Brain Injury Prevention
It can happen anytime. You bump your head while slipping on a patch of ice outside your workplace. A car swipes you from the driver's side and your head hits the dashboard. You trip and fall in your own home when going up the stairs, striking your head in the process. Traumatic brain injuries are serious, and they aren't strictly for those who play contact sports. But what can you do to prevent them?
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 1.7 million people suffer a brain injury every year. Even mild TBIs and head injuries can cause permanent damage and serious medical problems.
At Edgar Snyder & Associates, we've handled many cases for people injured by TBIs that weren't their fault. We encourage you to learn some simple ways to prevent brain injuries, and share these traumatic brain injury prevention tips with your friends and family. For more information on brain injuries, check out our Traumatic Brain Injuries and Concussions infographic.
Brain Injury Prevention Tips
In the Car…
- Wear a seat belt every time you ride in the car.
- If you have a child, be sure to restrain him or her properly with a car seat, booster seat, or safety belt. Not sure which one you should use? Read our safety seat guidelines and take a look at our Child Passenger Safety infographic for tips.
- Never drive while under the influence of drugs or alcohol – and never get into a car with someone who isn't sober.
In the Home…
- Remove tripping hazards, and keep all walkways and hallways free of clutter.
- Clean up spills on wooden floors, linoleum, and other surfaces that become slippery when wet.
- Make sure you have a secure handrail to hold onto when going up and down stairs.
- Use nonslip mats in the bathtub and in the shower – and install handrails when necessary.
- Have proper lighting in your home, especially in stairwells. Use night-lights throughout the house.
- Check your window screens to be sure they are safe and secure, so that children are not at risk for falling out of open windows.
- Use safety gates at the top and bottom of stairs when young children are in the home.
- Always play games and recreational activities on grassy areas – not concrete.
- When shopping at a store or going out to eat, pay attention to where you're walking. Watch for slippery surfaces or unexpected level changes so you don't slip and fall.
- Avoid walking underneath a construction site with people working overhead.
- Always cross streets in crosswalks and watch for vehicles not yielding to pedestrians. It's better to wait and stay safe than be in a pedestrian accident.
When Playing Sports and Doing Recreational Activities…
- Always wear a helmet when riding a bike, motorcycle, scooter, ATV/UTV, etc.
- Wear a helmet when roller skating or roller blading; when playing contact sports like football, ice hockey, or boxing; and when horseback riding, playing baseball, and skiing and snowboarding.
- Never dive into a swimming pool under 6 feet deep. Don't run around a pool area.
Brain Injury? Get a Free Legal Consultation Today
Sometimes brain injuries happen, even when you take all the proper steps to prevent them. If you, or someone you know, suffered a traumatic brain injury in an accident that wasn't your fault, Edgar Snyder & Associates is ready to help. You may have a brain injury case.
Since 1982, we've helped over 30,000 injured accident victims and people who are disabled get the money they deserve.
Call 1-866-943-3427, or fill out a no obligation, free legal consultation form. Phones answer 24/7. Contact us now.