Summertime Injuries—How to Avoid the Seasonal Stresses
Summer is here, and with it comes all the risks and hazards of summertime activities. Therefore, it’s important to be aware of any potential safety hazards that can lead to summertime injuries. This summer will be particularly challenging with COVID-19 infections on the rise. Whether you’re indoors or outdoors, we want you to stay unharmed and secure during these hot summer months.
Below are some common summertime injuries in Louisiana that our legal team at Mike Brandner Injury Attorneys want you to look out for and what you can do to avoid them.
Burns in Louisiana
Burns are among the most serious types of personal injury. Whether it’s avoiding a sunburn from too much time in the sun or a multi-layer burn from operating an outdoor grill or indoor oven, burn prevention needs to be taken seriously.
If you’re outside, make sure you’re wearing sunscreen that is at least SPF 30. Also, take precautions to keep children away from open fire pits and hot grills.
Inside, you should wear oven mitts when handling hot trays or pots. Additionally, remove any objects that could potentially tempt a child to climb or reach out and grab something hot in the kitchen. Remember, when cooking on a stove, keep the pot/pan handles facing away from you, not towards you. You don’t want to knock hot substances off the stove and onto your body.
It’s important to stay hydrated during the summer months. No matter whether you’re inside or outside, be sure to drink plenty of water. If you feel dizzy or fatigued, your body has already been in need of water for a good while.
To help prevent this condition during the sweltering summer months in Louisiana, drink more water than you think you’ll need. It’s important not to wait until your body shows symptoms of heat exhaustion or heat stroke. If you believe you or someone you know are suffering from heat exhaustion or heat stroke, seek medical attention immediately.
Pool Injuries in Louisiana
Pool accidents are one of the leading causes of summertime injuries. When enjoying your aquatic activities, make sure that small children are carefully tended and guarded from falling into the pool where they can drown.
Also, never allow running around the pool area, especially if the surrounding areas are wet. Additionally, always use railings, and enter the pool slowly and cautiously. Further, never perform cannon balls or dives into the shallow parts of the pool. Lastly, inspect your pool water for discoloration, and make sure it is clean before enjoying your swim.
Slip and Falls
Slipping and falling can cause serious injury to the head, spine, and other parts of the body. Wherever you’re stepping, make sure the ground is free of liquids and uneven surfaces. If you’re in an area that could potentially be unsafe to traverse, consider finding another route. If you must walk through such a space, take your steps slowly and cautiously.
It’s not necessarily your fault if you fall on a wet or uneven surface. Certain establishments have a duty to make sure their floors are optimal for traversing across. If you fell or tripped and injured yourself on another’s property, you may have grounds for a premises liability lawsuit. Contact our legal team at Mike Brandner Injury Attorneys for a free consultation.
Proper Louisiana Safety Gear
Always wear the appropriate safety gear and attire when riding a motorcycle, bicycle, or or other mode of transportation on any Louisiana road. If you’re riding a bike or motorcycle, always wear a helmet! The proper safety gear goes a long way towards preventing summertime injuries.
For bicycles specifically, make sure your bike is equipped with reflectors that allow your bike to be more visible at night. Further, don’t take more than the allotted number of passengers on your vehicle while you ride. Additionally, choose clothes that are appropriate for the weather but that will also offer protection should you suffer a bicycle accident.
Injuries Under the Influence
Summer is a popular time for enjoying alcohol and other spirits. Be responsible, though; never drink and drive! You should also be aware that certain drugs and medications can impair your cognitive ability while driving, too.
To help avoid any drug-related accidents, always ask a doctor if any substances you’re taking could affect your driving ability. Then, make sure you stay vigilant and alert while on the road, and avoid distractions at all costs. Not only can you get a DUI for erratic/reckless driving, you could also seriously injure other drivers or pedestrians if you’re not careful.
If you or someone you know was injured by a driver under the influence of drugs or alcohol, contact Mike Brandner Injury Attorneys. We’ll work with you on your personal injury case.
Many people choose to ride motorcycles or bicycles on Louisiana’s roads during the summer. As such, be sure to keep an eye out for such vehicles! Motorcycles and bikes are smaller than cars, and because of this, they can more easily fit into blind spots. Moreover, they are less visible because of their smaller size, and therefore require extra attention.
You should also keep in mind that the stopping distance for motorcycles and bikes is much shorter than a car or truck, so drivers may want to adjust the distance between your vehicle and them accordingly.
Hurt in a bike or motorcycle wreck in Louisiana? Then contact us for a free consultation as you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries and other damages.
Suffer from Summertime Injuries in Louisiana?
If you or someone you know suffer from any of these summertime injuries in Louisiana, contact Mike Brandner Injury Attorneys right away. Our 24/7 attorneys work hard for your compensation. Give us a call anytime at (504) 345-1111. Additionally, you can contact us online via our LiveChat feature or through a contact form. Consultations are absolutely free, and we don’t collect any fees until we win your case. So don’t hesitate; get in touch with us today!
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