Summertime Injuries—How to Avoid the Seasonal Stresses
Summer is here, and with it comes all the risks and hazards of summer activities. Before hitting the pool, beach, or planning any outdoor events, it’s important to be aware of any potential safety hazards and the possibility of summertime injuries. Whether you are indoors or outdoors, we want you to stay unharmed and secure during these hot summer months.
Below are some common summer 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. Burn prevention needs to be handled seriously, whether it’s preventing a sunburn from spending too much time in the sun or a multi-layer burn from using an indoor oven or outdoor grill.
If you’re outside, wear sunscreen that is at least SPF 30. Along with avoiding sunburn, take precautions to keep children away from open fire pits and hot grills.
Wear oven mitts when handling hot trays or pots inside. Remove anything that can attract a child to climb or reach out and grab something hot from the kitchen. Keep in mind that you should always turn the handles of your pots and pans away from you when using a stove—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. Make sure to drink plenty of water even if you are spending time indoors. Signs of dehydration include dizziness, weakness, extreme thirst, and confusion.
To help prevent dehydration during the sweltering summer months in Louisiana, drink more water than you think you’ll need. Don’t start drinking water when you start to show signs of dehydration. Make sure to always have enough water with you at all times. Be aware of the signs of heat exhaustion or heat stroke as well. Seek emergency medical treatment if you think you or someone you know is experiencing heat exhaustion or heat stroke.
Pool Injuries in Louisiana
Pool accidents are one of the leading causes of summertime injuries. When near a pool, make sure to watch out for young children so they don’t fall into the pool and drown.
Also, never allow running around the pool area, especially if the surrounding areas are wet. Use railings at all times, and get into the pool gently and cautiously. Additionally, avoid diving or performing cannonballs into the shallow areas of the pool. Before going for a swim, check the water in your pool for discoloration and make sure it is clean.
Slip and Falls
Slipping and falling can cause serious injury to the head, spine, and other parts of the body. Make sure the ground is level and clear of liquids wherever you are walking. If you’re in an area that might be dangerous to travel through, think about taking a different path. If you must pass through this area, move carefully and cautiously.
If you trip and fall on a damp or uneven surface, it’s not always your fault. Certain businesses are required to mark if their floors or surfaces are unsafe or wet. A premises liability lawsuit may be appropriate if you slipped or fell on someone else’s property and suffered harm. Contact our legal team at Mike Brandner Injury Attorneys for a free consultation.
Proper Louisiana Safety Gear
The proper safety gear goes a long way towards preventing summertime injuries. When traveling on any Louisiana road on a motorbike, bicycle, or other form of transportation, always wear the proper safety gear and clothing. If you’re riding a bike or motorcycle, always wear a helmet!
If you or someone in your family regularly rides bicycles, make sure your bike is equipped with reflectors that allow your bike to be more visible at night. Additionally, only carry the permitted number of passengers in your vehicle at any given time. Choose weather appropriate clothing that will also offer protection should you suffer a bicycle accident.
Injuries Under the Influence
Summer is a popular time for enjoying alcohol. When drinking alcohol, be responsible and never drink and drive! You should also be aware that certain drugs and medications can impair your cognitive ability while driving, especially if mixed with alcohol.
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 drive safely by remaining attentive and watchful at all times and avoiding distractions at all costs. Driving erratically or carelessly can result in a DUI and badly hurt innocent drivers or pedestrians.
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.
Make sure to watch out for such cars when riding a motorcycle or bicycle on Louisiana’s roadways in the summer months. Because they are smaller than vehicles, motorcycles and bikes may fit into blind spots easier. Additionally, due to their smaller size, they are harder to see and need special precautions when driving.
Drivers should alter the space between their car and motorcyclists and bicycles because they have much shorter stopping distances than cars and trucks.
Have you been hurt in a bicycle or motorcycle wreck in Louisiana? If so, 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?
Contact Mike Brandner Injury Attorneys as soon as possible if you or someone you know sustains one of these summer injuries in Louisiana because of negligence. Our attorneys work 24/7 for your compensation. We are available to talk to you about your case any time, day or night. 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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