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Avoiding traumatic brain injuries at home

There are few injuries that can disrupt every area of life like a traumatic brain injury. While many people may assume that such injuries occur primarily in unavoidable freak accidents, there are actually many steps you can take to minimize the risk of sustaining such an injury for yourself and for your loved ones.

Like many forms of safety, preventing a traumatic brain injury begins at home. Most traumatic brain injuries result when someone slips and falls accidentally. There are many ways you can reduce the risk of this happening in your home. You can start by improving the lighting in your home. A poorly lit area is more likely to contain tripping hazards that cannot be easily seen and avoided.

Bathrooms can be particularly dangerous if not properly addressed. To reduce risk of a fall in a bathroom, consider adding handrails and placing a nonslip mat in the shower stall or bathtub. You may also want to place a nonslip mat outside the shower or bathtub for added safety when exiting.

Staircases are another area of the home commonly involved in traumatic brain injuries. To reduce the risk of slipping, you can install handrails on both sides of the staircase for added stability when ascending or descending. It is also important to keep any set of stairs clear of debris that may provide a tripping hazard. A clean, well-lit staircase with double handrails can significantly reduce the risk of slipping and falling in your home.

Even in homes where proper precautions are taken, accidents can still happen and traumatic brain injuries can occur. Experienced, qualified legal representation can assist those who have suffered such injuries to navigate their options for resolving the situation and help them protect their rights.

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