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Take These Simple Steps to Improve Your Family’s Safety During Injury Prevention Month

April has been declared injury prevention month by the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons. The next few weeks are a good time to protect yourself against serious injuries that could affect your mobility and your health and safety. According to the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons, there are several things that you can do to prevent injury in your home and workplace:

1) Reduce your risk of falls.

Falls are one of the most serious workplace injuries and also one of the most common injuries in the home. Falls can lead to fractures, head injuries, and even life-threatening injuries, especially for the elderly. Unfortunately, falls can happen anywhere. To avoid them, wear sturdy shoes, check your medication for side effects such as dizziness, and report any faintness or dizziness to your doctor so that you can treat these symptoms. Always use the proper stepladder or stepstool when trying to reach high shelves or cupboards.

2) Do an injury assessment.

Walk through your home or workplace, looking for potential hazards. If you find any dangers – such as frayed electrical cords, extension cords tucked under rugs, overworked space heaters, and other dangers – take action immediately to remove these issues from the workplace or your home. Your workplace should also have a formal injury assessment as well as a safety program to keep you safe.

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3) Focus on head and spinal care and safety.

The American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons reports that injuries to the spinal cord and head tend to be the most serious. Focus on keeping your neck, head, and back safe by wearing proper sports equipment when exercising, by using common sense, and by always buckling up when you drive.

4) Exercise.

If your New Year’s resolution to get fit has fallen by the wayside, it’s time to recommit. Regular exercise can improve your core strength, making you more agile and stable. Staying fit also keeps joints and muscles flexible, which can help prevent injury.

5) Reduce your risk of car accidents.

Most safety experts agree that car crashes are one of the most common causes of injuries. While you can’t control how other people drive in Hollywood or your Florida community, you can make yourself a safer driver. Always drive defensively, and keep your car in good condition so that it can rely on your vehicle to get you to your destination safely. If you have had fender benders or near misses recently, consider taking a refresher course to get help with your driving skills.

Have you been injured by someone’s negligence over by a wrongful act? The Hollywood personal injury attorneys at Flaxman Law Group are standing by to offer legal advice and representation. Our South Florida injury attorneys offer advice and representation to people who have been injured across the region. In fact, our legal team has offered assistance to thousands of personal injury plaintiffs. We also work with a network of consultants, engineers, traffic reconstruction experts, and other professionals to help build the strongest case possible in each situation. Call our legal team today to find out what options you may have in your situation.

 

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