Common Household Injuries and How to Avoid Them

We’re all prone to injuries — both serious and minor. However, you may be surprised to learn that some of the most common injuries can occur right inside your own home. Some of these injuries can even be long-term depending on their severity.

Pope & Howard, a personal injury law firm in Atlanta, GA, has a great deal of experience trying all types of injury and accident cases, and is here to help you learn about – and avoid – some of the most common household injuries.

If you think you may have a case – a personal injury due to the negligence of another person or party – contact our firm today for a free consultation.

Falls

Falls are among the top five most common household injuries. Young children and the elderly are especially susceptible to falls and are more likely to be seriously injured as a result. While falls can be quite serious, they can also be prevented. A simple solution is to keep the floors of the house free of any toys or other small objects. You can also put non-skid rubber mats on any hard floors or especially in the shower. If you mop the floor or if there’s a spill, be sure to warn others in the household.

Cuts

This may not surprise you, but cuts are a common household injury as well. What may surprise you is how serious cuts can be.

If you have children in your house, you want to take extra precautions when handling and storing knives and other sharp objects in your house. One way to prevent accidental cuts is to keep knives sharp as opposed to dull since dull blades slip easier than sharp blades. You should also only use knives in the kitchen and on a cutting board.

Burns

There are more fire hazards in your home that you might realize, which means there are plenty of ways you could get accidentally burned. If you would guess that the kitchen is the most common place where you could get burned in your house, then you would be correct. What you might not have guessed are places like your shower or bathroom sink. If the water pressure gets too hot, you can sustain quite a nasty burn in either of these places. You can prevent potential burns by making sure the temperature on your water heater is below 120 degrees.

Drowning

Drowning is most likely to occur if you have a swimming pool, especially if you have children. To avoid any potential accidents in the water, you never want to leave a child unsupervised while swimming, even if it’s only for a moment. When you have a pool, make sure it has a fence with a gate that locks. Being aware of what’s going on in the pool at all times is the best way to prevent potential drownings.

Contact Pope and Howard About a Personal Injury Case in Atlanta, GA

These are just some of the most common household injuries that can occur. Obviously, we can’t protect you from every household accident, but we can do our best to get you what you deserve. If you believe that another party is at fault for a household injury you may have sustained, then contact us for your free case consultation.

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