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Summer activities increase risks of brain injuries

After quarantine and cold winter weather, most people in Ontario will likely embrace the warmer weather, and the opportunity to have summertime fun. However, the risks of brain injuries are higher at this time of the year. Summertime activities like swimming, hiking, biking and more cause significant numbers of head injuries each year. That is the reason for health care providers to call this the trauma season.

Precautions include wearing a helmet when participating in motorcycling, bicycling and other activities that pose head injury risks. Although helmets may not prevent concussions, they protect against skull fractures and facial trauma. Always buckle up on road tips. A significant percentage of brain injuries involve people who did not wear their seat belts.

Life jackets are essential for any participation in water sports. They can prevent drowning and also protect against most traumatic brain injuries. Ontarians should not lose sight of the potential hazards in their own backyards. Brain injuries from falls are common among older people and children. It is best to ensure outdoor areas are well lit and free of trip hazards.

Ontario residents who fall victim to brain injuries caused by the negligence of other parties might have grounds to pursue claims for financial relief. A personal injury lawsuit can be filed if negligence can be established. A lawyer with experience in this field of the law can navigate the legal proceedings in pursuit of damage recovery. The successful presentation of such a claim could lead to a monetary judgment to cover current and future injury-related losses such as medical expenses and lost income.

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