Your Traumatic Brain Injury Prevention Guide
A brain injury is any damage caused to the brain by an external force of impact or penetration, but there are ways to ensure traumatic brain injury prevention for people of all ages.
The symptoms of a traumatic brain injury can vary depending on the type of injury. However, some common signs may indicate the possibility of a mild, moderate or severe brain injury.
A mild brain injury results in immediate confusion or dizziness. The person may or may not experience unconsciousness for a few minutes. Other symptoms include blurred vision and reduced capacity for concentration.
A moderate or severe injury, on the other hand, results in symptoms such as vomiting, convulsions, seizures, slurred speech, numb limbs, etc.
6 Traumatic Brain Injury Prevention Tips
Brain injury may be caused due to the negligent actions of another person. Such accidents have severe consequences that are often permanent and irreparable.
Although you may not be able to control the negligence of others, it is possible to follow precautionary measures in some situations.
There are different ways to prevent injury to your brain. Below, you will find traumatic brain injury prevention tips for drivers, pedestrians, at home, infants, athletes, and the elderly.
Prevention For Drivers
Motor vehicle accidents are common causes of traumatic brain injuries. Such accidents are the leading cause for young adults between the age of 15 and 24, to be hospitalized due to a brain injury.
- Wear a seatbelt when driving a car. These belts are designed to keep you in place and minimize the damage caused during a motor vehicle accident. This precaution applies to backseat passengers as well. Unrestrained passengers are likely to be thrown forward in the event of an accident. This can not only cause serious damage to them but also risk the safety of other passengers in the car.
- Wear a helmet when riding a cycle, scooter or motorcycle.
- Install a child safety seat or booster seater to secure children in cars. These seats must be selected based on your child’s age and size. A rear-facing car safety seat can secure infants under the age of 2. Children aged 2 years and older must be seated in a forward-facing safety seat with a secure harness.
- Do not drive under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
Prevention For Pedestrians
Pedestrians are the most susceptible to brain injury in vehicle collisions. Children and older adults are at a higher risk of pedestrian injuries.
Although negligent drivers are also responsible for pedestrian-related injuries, safety precautions can help with traumatic brain injury prevention:
- Obey traffic signs. Do not attempt to cross when the traffic signal instructs you against it.
- Instruct children to wear bright-colored clothing especially when walking with them at dusk or at night.
- Do not run or dart into the street. Roads and streets must be crossed at the crosswalk. Ensure you make eye contact with the driver to let them know you will be crossing the road.
- Walk on sidewalks. If there are no sidewalks, walk facing the traffic.
Prevention At Home
Slips and falls are the most common reason for brain injuries. These falls can occur at home or on a commercial property.
While it may not be possible to ensure that all premises provide safety, the following tips can avoid any mishaps at your home:
- Install sturdy handrails on staircases to avoids slips and falls.
- Safety gates at the top and bottom of stairs can prevent accidents for children.
- Adequate lighting can help older adults avoid slips due to poor vision.
- Ensure the stools and ladders at home are not broken.
- Store licensed firearms in a locked cabinet.
- Ensure there are no obstacles(objects, furniture, etc.) in walking pathways.
Prevention For Infants
Babies are often subjected to abusive actions such as violent shaking. The primary trigger of such abuse is frustration caused by a baby’s persistent crying.
A caregiver (or parent) may become overwhelmed due to stress and unintentionally cause brain injury. The following tips can be followed by caregivers in the situation of a crying baby:
- Ensure the baby’s diaper has been changed and the baby is not hungry, sick, hot or cold.
- Rock the baby, sing, take them for a ride in a stroller and rub their back.
- If nothing works and you feel frustrated, place the baby in a safe place and take a few moments to regain patience.
Prevention For Athletes
Concussions and other brain injuries are common when playing certain rough contact sports. Children playing sports such as football, ice hockey, baseball, etc. may risk frequent concussions. It is thus important to follow some precautions:
- Protective equipment is crucial. Helmets, paddings, shin guards, mouthguards and eye guards are some common equipment that sportsmen and sportswomen should wear when playing a sport. This equipment must be worn properly and consistently.
- Safe playing techniques and rules must be followed for every sport.
- Athletes, coaches and parents must learn the symptoms and signs of a concussion. Even if a person feels fine after an incident, they must get checked by a doctor for a possible concussion.
Prevention For Older Adults
Older adults aged 75 and above are highly susceptible to brain injuries caused by falls. Given their age, they usually recover slower than other adults and can also die sooner due to the injury. Here are some traumatic brain injury prevention tips to reduce the risk of brain injury for your parents, grandparents or other family members:
- A decline in vision can often impair the judgment of older adults. Regular eye tests can ensure that impaired vision is corrected with glasses.
- Make their surroundings safer. As mentioned above, the precautions taken at home can minimize the risk of slips and falls. Place items within easy reach so that they do not need to use a stool or ladder. Grab bars in walkways and toilets can also help them gain balance. Finally, mats and rugs should be slip-proof. Non-stick mats in the bathroom and double-sided tape to secure rugs will minimize the risk of a fall.
- Review the person’s medication. Prescribed medicines that make the older adult drowsy or light headed must be avoided.
Consult an Attorney
Despite traumatic brain injury prevention, if you or a loved one has suffered a brain injury due to somebody’s negligence, a lawsuit can be filed against the responsible party. An experienced brain injury attorney will ensure you receive adequate compensation for your losses.
At Nehora Law, we believe in working with our client to arrive at the best possible legal action. Contact an attorney from our experienced team of personal injury lawyers to recover the compensation you and your family deserve.