How Do You Protect Your Brain from Injury?
The brain is easily the most sensitive and important organ in the body. Frequently, when we work with brain injury victims they express regrets that they didn’t do something different—something that might have prevented their injury and changed the course of their lives. So can you protect yourself from a brain injury? How do you do it?
There are definitely ways to protect yourself, either by reducing the chance of a head injury or by mitigating such an injury. They include:
- Helmets on bikes and motorcycles. Regardless of local helmet laws, it is in your best interest to always wear a helmet on a motorcycle, scooter, moped or bicycle. The same applies when skateboarding. Although all of these modes of transportation are different, what they have in common is they leave you highly vulnerable in an accident. Passengers in a car have seatbelts, crumple zones and air bags to protect them but cyclists, bikers and skateboarders do not. Wear a helmet; also, if you’re biking or skateboarding at night make sure you have lights and reflectors to reduce the chance of being hit. Cyclists can also add a rear-view mirror to their bicycle for as little as $10 and potentially avoid a life-threatening accident.
- Appropriate sports gear. Not all sports require helmets, especially when playing on casual local teams. But take a look at the professionals in your sport. Do they wear helmets? If so, it means that major teams believe the threat is high enough that they aren’t willing to take a risk with their star players. Your own life should mean just as much to you as those stars do to the managers. Always wear your protective gear.
- Seatbelts in cars. We don’t always associate seatbelts with preventing head injuries, because there are so manytypes of injuries they can prevent or minimize. But it’s true: without a seatbelt, front seat passengers may be thrown head-first out of the vehicle and rear-seat passengers may hit their heads on the seat in front. Buckling up not only saves lives, it saves brains.
- Hardhat and appropriate safety equipment at work. If your job requires safety equipment, always wear it. Do not give in to the pressure to leave it off because someone is in a hurry or because a task will only take a minute.
None of these safety measures guarantee you won’t be injured; however, they all make a real difference. Frequently, having a helmet or the right safety equipment makes the difference between a minor concussion and a lifelong impairment.
If you have been affected by a brain injury, no matter how mild or severe, you may be entitled to compensation for your injury. Call the lawyers at the Ernst Law Group and get your free consultation today.