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    Tips on Avoiding Spinal Cord Injuries

    Spinal Cord Injuries in the United States

    Between 10,000 and 11,000 people suffer a spinal cord injury every year in the U.S. Falls, car accidents, gunshot wounds, and sports-related accidents are the most common causes of spinal cord injury. Spinal cord injuries often result in permanent paralysis and loss of function. The following suggestions may help you avoid the negative, life-altering consequences of a spinal cord injury.

    Practice Safe Driving Habits

    Never operate a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol or drugs, and never get into a car being driven by someone who is. Always wear your seatbelt and avoid air-bag injuries by placing younger children in the back seat and buckle them up. Always follow the rules of the road and don’t speed.

    Avoid Falls

    If you have small children at home, use safety gates at both the bottom and top of the staircases and place window guards in windows that are higher than the first floor. Place securely anchored banisters by all staircases and affix grab bars in your shower and bathtub. Adding non-slip mats in the bathroom and shower is also a good idea.

    Exercising regularly will help you maintain muscle strength and balance, which will help you avoid falling as you age.

    Stay Safe When You Play

    Always wear appropriate gear for any recreational activity, including helmets when playing contact sports such as football or ice hockey. Wear protective headgear when bicycling, skateboarding, snowboarding, and snowmobiling. Never dive into a pool or any body of water unless you are certain it is deep enough and avoid sliding head-first into bases when playing baseball or softball.

    Practice Firearm Safety

    Gunshot injuries are one of the leading causes of spinal cord injury. If you own a gun, keep the weapon in a locked drawer or cabinet and keep the ammunition stored in a secure location.

    Shea Law Group

    If you or someone you love has sustained a spinal cord injury, we recommend you speak with an experienced Cicero personal injury lawyer from Shea Law Group as soon as possible. These types of injuries are catastrophic and debilitating, often requiring long-term medical treatment and full-time care for the injured person.

    Our dedicated and compassionate legal team has extensive experience helping families through this difficult time, and we are here to help you. Give us a call at (877)-365-0040 to book your free, no-obligation consultation today.