Traumatic head injuries are serious health and safety issues in the United States affecting children, adults and seniors. They are caused by blows, bumps, jolts or penetrations to the head that disrupt normal brain function. Learn the most effective ways of preventing traumatic head injuries, and don’t hesitate to contact a personal injury attorney at McMahan Law Firm if you have sustained a traumatic head injury.
Everyday activities like riding a bike, playing a sport and riding in a car can put us at risk for a traumatic head injury. It’s easy to forget this since they’re activities we participate in so frequently. Wearing a helmet and always making sure your children are wearing helmets during the following activities can make the difference between a mild head injury and a devastating one.
- Riding a bicycle, scooter, skateboard or roller skates
- Riding a motorcycle, snowmobile or all-terrain vehicle
- Riding a horse
- Skiing or snowboarding
- Playing baseball or softball
- Playing contact sports like boxing, football or ice hockey
When riding in a car, always make sure that all passengers are properly buckled into their seat belts. Never operate a vehicle while under the influence of drugs or alcohol, and never get into a car if you suspect the driver is under the influence.
Seat Belt Safety
Seat belt safety is essential for anyone operating or riding in a motor vehicle. Properly placed seat belts should lay diagonally across the chest and then horizontally across the upper thighs. Be especially aware of your child’s seat belt safety and the proper car seats for their growing life stages.
- Newly born infants to two year old children require rear-facing car seats in order to travel in a vehicle. The car seat should be placed in a back seat and properly buckled with the harness. Continually check to see that your child fits within the seat’s height and weight limits to avoid inadequate protection.
- Children between the ages of two and five years require forward-facing car seats after the outgrow their previous car seats. These are still to be properly buckled into the back seat, and appropriate height and weight ranges still apply.
- Children aged five to nine years have outgrown car seats and now require booster seats. These position your child so that the car’s seat belts fit them properly until they are big enough to fit into them naturally. Booster seats should still be placed in the back seat for the best protection.
- All children under the age of 12 years should remain in the back seat to avoid potential death from the front seat airbags. The recommended height for using adult seat belts is 57 inches, so any child smaller than that, regardless of age, should remain in the back seat with a car or booster seat depending on their size.
Ensure your child’s safety on the way to their destination and after they arrive as well. Take them to playgrounds with shock-absorbing surfaces like mulch or sand. Keep them safe when you get back home by putting safety gates at the top and bottom of stairs to prevent a tumble. Install window guards to prevent them from opening a window and falling out.
Like children, our senior citizens also need extra protection from traumatic head injuries. Make their homes safer by installing handrails on all stairways and grab bars in the bathtubs, showers and next to toilets. Put nonslip mats in the showers and bathtubs. Improve lighting inside and outside the home, and remove any tripping hazards like clutter on the floor and throw rugs. If possible, help seniors improve their strength and balance by participating in physical activity programs.
Seek Help From a Personal Injury Attorney
If you or someone you know suffered a traumatic head injury, seek the legal assistance of a personal injury lawyer at McMahan Law Firm. We’ve been helping victims in the Chattanooga and Knoxville, Tennessee areas for years, and we want to fight for the compensation you deserve. Contact us today, and let us make your struggle a little less difficult.