Ask Away...: The Most Common Forms Of Injury (And How To Avoid Them)

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

The Most Common Forms Of Injury (And How To Avoid Them)

In a perfect world, you'd spend your entire life without ever worrying about getting hurt. Life would be comfortable, and nothing bad would ever happen. Sounds rather nice, doesn't it? Too bad we don't live in a perfect world. As sad as it sounds, sometimes life is always going to throw you a curveball from time to time and, in the worst cases, that curveball can take the form of an injury. Of course, the hope is always that, even if you are injured, it won't be so serious that you end up in any danger. But even an injury that isn't quite so serious can be the cause of some major problems in your life. It's also very true that a lot of these injuries can be easily avoided. (This obviously doesn't apply to all of them of course.) Knowing how to avoid these sorts of injuries is extremely important but so is knowing how to deal with them when they do end up happening. Here are some of the most common injuries, how to avoid them and what to do if they happen to you.

Back injuries while driving


The most common cause of back injuries is through car accidents. The sheer impact of a collision when you're driving, even at low speeds, can put a huge amount of strain on your spine. One of the most unpleasant things about a back injury resulting from a car accident is that the symptoms can take some time to appear and can end up lasting for an extremely long time. If that's the case, it can have significant repercussions on your quality of life, potentially for years after the accident has occurred. If this is the case and the accident was someone else's fault, then there's a very good chance that you're entitled to a financial settlement. Back injury settlement amounts can vary, so it's a very good idea to speak to a lawyer to figure out precisely what it is that you're entitled to. Of course, you'd probably rather avoid a car accident altogether, and the best way to do that is to drive as cautiously as possible. If anyone around you seems to be driving in an unsafe manner, then do your best to slow down and avoid them. And, of course, your seat is your best friend.

Slipping and falling at work

If you slip and fall at work, then you could potentially damage your body in a major way. Your joints, hips, and bones are all in danger of serious damage from the impact of your body hitting the ground. If you find yourself injured in this way, then the impact on your life can be very severe. Not only is there the pain to deal with, but you could also find yourself unable to work for long stretches of time, depending on how serious your injury is. Even something a small as being unable to type can cause serious problems with your ability actually to get any work done. This means that you could end up losing out on a large amount of your income. You should always make sure that you're following all of your workplace's health and safety procedures. It's also important to make sure that your employer is doing the same thing. Health and safety is the responsibility of everyone, and if you get hurt at work, and it was because of negligence on the part of your employer then you are definitely entitled to claim against them for any injuries that you sustained while at work.

Household burns


Burns are probably the most common form of household injury and ninety-nine-percent of the time they simply happen because of people not paying attention to what they're doing. People will pick up a hot metal pan or tray with their bare hands, or they'll try to deal with a piece of electrical equipment without removing it from it's power source and end up with an electrical burn. If any burn that you sustain at home is because of a fault with the property, then it's important to contact your landlord or management company immediately because there's a very good chance that that element of the maintenance is their responsibility. Otherwise it's simply a matter of making sure that you're taking all of the correct precautions round the house. If you do suffer a burn then make sure to check what degree it is. If you're concerned about the severity of it then it's a good idea to go to the emergency room. It might not require specific treatment but it's always better to be safe than sorry.

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