Head injuries in North Miami and across South Florida cause devastation for many families, cause loss of productivity at work, and increase medical costs across communities. Head injuries are in many cases entirely preventable. They are often caused by traffic and car accidents in North Miami and other communities, by improper use of helmets during sports, and by other preventable causes. If you want to prevent this type of injury from occurring to you, make sure that you:
1) Avoid drinking and driving. Drinking and driving accidents in North Miami and other communities continue to be a serious cause of injuries, including head injuries. Drinking and driving causes many serious injuries, including spinal cord injuries and head injuries. Simply by taking a taxi home or finding an alternative route home you can reduce your risk of serious accidents and injuries.
2) Wear a helmet when snowboarding, taking part in contact sports, bicycling, riding a motorcycle, or in-line skating. If you play contact sports or snowboard or in-line skate, a helmet can help prevent head injuries in the event that you fall down or otherwise have an accident during the activity. If you are in a bicycle accident in North Miami or anywhere in South Florida, wearing a helmet can dramatically reduce your risk of head injury. Although Florida does not require adults to wear helmets while on a motorcycle, many victims involved in motorcycle accidents in North Miami and other communities incur serious head injuries simply because they did not wear helmets. A helmet is one of the best ways to protect your head from serious injury any time that you take part in any risky activity.
3) Wear a seat belt and make sure that your children use age-appropriate safety restraints. If you are involved in a car or truck accident in North Miami or your community, wearing a seatbelt can make all the difference. Age-appropriate safety restraints for children and seatbelts for adults keep passengers in their seats during a collision. Without a seatbelt or safety restraint, passengers can collide against seats, the roof of the car, or the dashboard. In some cases they are thrown clear of the vehicle, where there had can easily come into contact with hard pavement or another vehicle. Wearing a seatbelt reduces your risk not only of head injuries but also spinal cord injuries and other serious injuries.
4) Reduce the risk of slip and fall accidents at home. Slip and fall accidents in North Miami and other Florida cities are a leading cause of head injuries. In your home, make sure to remove any obstacles that can pose a tripping hazard. Be sure to install no slip treads in the bathroom, kitchen, and anywhere where tiles or flooring can be slippery when wet. In the bathroom, consider installing grab bars or other safety devices, especially if someone in your family is elderly or has mobility issues.
If you have sustained a head injury in North Miami or anywhere in South Florida and you believe that your injuries were caused by someone’s recklessness or negligence, contact the Flaxman Law Group to arrange for a free consultation to discuss your situation. You may qualify for more compensation than you think, and this compensation can help you pay for lost wages, medical costs, and other expenses related to your injuries. Contact the Flaxman Law Group at any time to find out more.