A head injury, even a minor one, can significantly impact your life. Recovery will require careful compliance with your doctor’s instructions. You could need ongoing rehabilitation for the rest of your life.
Head injuries can happen in a number of ways including falls, violent altercations, car accidents and sports injuries. Knowing how to lower your risk of a TBI can help you maintain better protection of your safety and well-being.
Comply with safety guidelines
Pretty much anything you do will have some safety risks. For example, riding a bicycle, playing contact sports, hiking, driving your car and working in the construction industry. For each of the aforementioned activities, you will find safety guidelines. The creation and enforcement of these recommendations may come from federal entities, your employer, your coach and industry professionals.
Your willingness to comply with safety guidelines can protect you from danger and lower your chances of suffering a TBI. Examples of some safety practices include the following:
- Wearing a helmet when you ride your bike
- Wearing proper personal protective equipment at work
- Removing hazards from the floor in your home
- Wearing your seatbelt when you drive
- Staying on designated trails when you hike
Use caution and wisdom
Many TBIs happen in a moment, but their repercussions can disrupt your life permanently. According to The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, a staggering 64,632 people died from head injuries in the year 2020. Taking a responsible approach to the activities you choose to do will improve your chances of staying safe. Take your time to learn new things, stay sober and encourage others around you to use vigilance as well.
Suffering a TBI because of someone else’s negligence can destroy your life. In an unfortunate circumstance where you did everything right, but still got injured at the hands of another, you could choose to take legal action.
The careful and observant manner you participate in the activities you enjoy can improve your chances of an enjoyable and safe outcome.