July 21, 2017 - By Injury Law Group
Brain Injury Prevention
Personal Injury Law
What Is a TBI?
A Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) is an acquired brain injury from an external force, decreasing or altering the level of consciousness. This could be from a motor vehicle crash, sports injury, or fall, just to name a few.
You may have heard of concussions. Concussions are actually the most common type of brain injury. They can be from a blow to the head or body and cause temporary problems such as headaches, and confusion, and can potentially lead to complications. Many of these brain injuries can be prevented.
Easy Tips to Help Keep You and Your Family Safe!
- While children are sledding in the winter, make sure you scope out the area to avoid hidden rocks or stumps, which can cause the sled to go out of control.
- Wear a helmet when playing sports, cycling, and rollerblading and make sure you are aware of weather conditions. Bicycle helmets should meet safety standards and fit properly. Only two fingers should fit under the chin strap to keep helmets from slipping backwards or forwards.
- Wear a seatbelt when driving and make sure your child has the appropriate safety seat or booster seat.
- Teach your child how to cross the street safely and check playground equipment and surfaces. If there is no sidewalk, walk facing traffic to avoid getting hit by a car.
- Teach pool, water and boat safety. Alcohol use is a leading cause in boat incidents, so do not ride with anyone who has been drinking.
- Double check that sports coaches and staff know the correct concussion guidelines.
- A surprising tip has to do with Halloween – use paint or cosmetics instead loose-fitting masks and make sure the costume is short enough to prevent tripping.
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If you have suffered a TBI, don’t hesitate to contact our office for a free initial consultation.