ADMIRALTY / MARITIME LAW

How to prevent a traumatic brain injury

| Apr 12, 2019 | Brain Injuries |

A traumatic brain injury (TBI) can have lifelong ramifications for Louisiana residents. This potentially severe head injury occurs in many different ways, such as from playing sports, falls or as a result of maritime, workplace, traffic or recreational accidents. It is important to learn how to best prevent these brain traumas from happening. 

According to the American Association of Neurological Surgeons, there are approximately 1.7 million traumatic brain injuries that take place each year in the United States. Furthermore, there are about 5.3 million Americans living with a disability that was caused by this type of head injury and the costs are immense. Many of these cases could have been avoided if certain precautionary actions had been taken. 

While many workplace accidents cannot be averted, other times simple safety measures make a tremendous difference. This is especially true when it comes to the maritime industry. For best practices, railings must be properly maintained and cranes should be serviced accordingly. Equipment and cargo need to be appropriately stored to prevent shifting. And it is imperative that suitable safety equipment be given to all workers. 

When engaging in specific recreational activities, it is necessary to wear a well-fitting, certified helmet. This is particularly true when it comes to football, skiing and snowboarding, skating or playing hockey. Helmets should also be worn when riding a horse, bike, skateboard or scooter. Children and teens are especially susceptible to TBIs from sports, while many older adults sustain their brain injuries from falls. 

This information is intended solely for educational purposes.