With the weather warming up and summer almost officially upon us, you and your children are going to want to take advantage of these bright, sunny days and enjoy some outdoor activities. However, it is important to take the proper precautions any time you head out for a day of fun in the sun since accidents can easily occur when there is a lack of preparation.
Below are some of the most common injuries children sustain during the summer break and some tips on how you can help keep them safe:
- Injuries caused by falls: While adults suffer their fair share of fall-related injuries, these injuries tend to be even more common among children. Anything from rollerblading or skateboarding to running on the slippery ground near a pool and falling could lead to an injury. If your child is particularly sporty and plays basketball or volleyball, for example, he or she might sprain an ankle or knee, sustain a concussion, or even break bones. To help minimize or prevent fall-related injuries, always make sure your child wears a helmet while biking or skateboarding, supervise your children whenever they are at the playground or pool, and have them warm up before playing basketball or other sports.
- Heat-related injuries: Soaking in the sun during the summer is something many people welcome after being cooped up for so long, especially children who spend much of their time in class or at home working on their assignments. Unfortunately, heat-related injuries like dehydration or heat stroke can happen, so make sure your kids drink plenty of water and do not spend too much time out in the heat.
- Swimming injuries: Accidents can happen around pools since the ground is usually wet and children like to run, but accidents can happen in the water as well and are often catastrophic. In addition to drownings or near-drownings, diving injuries are also prevalent and, when they do not result in death, might cause spinal cord injuries that can result in permanent and total disability.
- Lawn mower injuries: While these are not nearly as common as any of the aforementioned injuries, when they do happen, the results can be tragic. Basically, your children should never be on or anywhere near a mower, or they could get run over by it or injured by flying debris. Keep them safe and make sure they understand that a riding mower is dangerous and should not be thought of as a toy.
Personal Injury Attorneys in Birmingham
If you or a loved one was injured as a result of another party’s careless actions, you have a right to pursue compensation. At Guster Law Firm, LLC, our Birmingham personal injury team has been representing the wrongfully injured since 2002 and will stand up against any opponent, no matter how formidable, to fight for their rights and ensure they are able to get back on their feet.
For the representation you deserve, call our office today at (205) 581-9777 to schedule your free initial case evaluation.