Tips for Safer Summer Fun by Your Personal Injury Lawyers
Summer is full of exploration and fun, but sometimes these adventures lead children into some potentially unsafe situations. Make sure you’re taking the right precautions to protect your kids from these common summer accidents with these helpful safety tips.
Top 3 Summer Accidents
Falls & Spills
Climbing trees, jumping on trampolines, hanging from jungle gyms are all trademarks of summertime play, and really, falls can happen almost anywhere. As the #1 reason for hospitalization in America, broken bones, sprains and concussions are common with a number of outdoor activities. And with about 200,000 children treated for playground injuries alone every year, it’s also not uncommon for the cause to be related to poor maintenance, defective equipment or lack of supervision.
If your little explorer suffers a serious fall possibly caused by one of these circumstances, it’s important to contact us to find out the compensation you and your child deserve.
It’s not surprising that a majority of the water related accidents occur during the summer months, but what may be a shock is that 9 out of 10 accidents occur with adults in the pool area.
Drownings are every parent’s biggest fear around any water, and what’s even more unsettling is that most occur without even a splash, such as serious head injuries from hitting the bottom of the pool. Always stay close to your child near water and make sure they have the proper floatation devices for their age and swimming abilities. We also encourage you to secure your pool with the proper safety barriers and take the necessary CPR training to be prepared for the worst.
Private and public pool owners can be held liable for any incidents that do occur, so contact us to make sure you’re taking all the preventative action, or getting what you deserve if negligence is involved.
Your parents used to always say it to you, and now it’s time for you to remind your kids; “Wear your helmet.” Whether they lose control of their bike or a negligent driver hits them, a helmet could be the difference between a scare and a tragedy. Make sure it’s properly fitted for your child’s head.
Some accidents are caused by negligent drivers on the road, while others involve defective parts on the bicycles themselves. Encourage them to always avoid busy roads and ride on sidewalks, and make sure you are purchasing your family’s bicycles from trusted manufacturers. However, if one of these two incidents does occur, contact us immediately as you may be able to recover medical costs and other compensation.
Other Common Accidents
And while alcoholic beverages are part of many summertime parties or celebrations, it also means more drivers under the influence getting behind the wheel. Always make sure to plan a designated driver even for just a drink or two and avoid driving late at night.
The summer months generally tend to have more drivers on the road leading to an increased number of accidents each year as well. Children are more susceptible to injuries during accidents, so always double check seatbelts and car seats are properly fastened and secure, and all kids under the age 13 are seated in the back.
With all the summer festivities comes lots of grilling and fireworks, so brush up on all fire safety to keep your family out of harm’s way. 6,000 kids suffer from firework injuries every year, so use extreme caution and close supervision at all times while using firecrackers, and keep kids away from larger firework displays.
Keep a fire extinguisher close by your grill or firepit, and always leave plenty of distance between this areas and your home. Remove any low hanging branches or brush that could spark a fire, and store propane tanks far from children’s reach.
The lure of sunshine and warm weather has everyone outside in the summer, but extreme heat can be dangerous if you don’t take care of yourself. If kids aren’t drinking enough fluids throughout the hot days, they can become fatigued more quickly, causing them to be susceptible to heat stroke or severe dehydration. Encourage play breaks throughout the day to cool off and have plenty of drinks handy to refuel.
Protecting your kids from all injuries during a fun-filled summer is almost impossible. If your child’s injury occurs in a public setting or involving others, contact us to learn your rights and see if your incident warrants legal compensation for your family.