Here are the top six most common accidents that happen during the summer season and how you can best avoid them:
- Strains and sprains. Strains and sprains are some of the most common types of work injuries. In fact, up to 2.5% of workers in South Carolina's private sector got hurt at work in 2016 alone. To avoid getting hurt at work, remember to lift with your legs and not your back. Don't be afraid to ask for help.
- Heat stroke. Heat stroke can happen to workers on the job or joggers in the park. Heat stroke symptoms include nausea, confusion, headache, and vomiting. Stay hydrated when out in the sun and take breaks.
- Dog bites. Dogs are more likely to be out and about in summer. Owners like to let their dogs off their leash out in the park. If you're an owner, ask yourself if letting your dog off-leash is the wisest decision. Approach dogs with caution and ask their owners if you can pet them before going up to say hello.
- Car accidents. More vehicles are on the road during the summer. Families are out for vacation and teenagers are learning how to drive. There are also plenty of festivals, which can tempt people to drink and drive. Be extra careful on the road during the summer. And, if you're in an accident because of another driver's negligence, contact a car accident attorney.
- Water-related accidents. Another common work-related injury is slips, trips, and falls. Water-related accidents are more likely during the summer. Plenty of people are trying to keep cool with sprinklers and hoses. Watch out for puddles more often during warmer weather.
- Playground accidents. Summer vacation is your child's time to get exercise. Unfortunately, not every playground is in the best shape. Damaged equipment can cause playground injuries and wounds. Look for any damage before your child uses playground equipment. If you see any, let the Parks and Recreation Service know immediately.
If you've been hurt at work or hit by a car, the workers' compensation lawyers and personal injury attorneys at Best and Flatt, P.A. can help you get the justice you deserve. For more information or to schedule a consultation, contact Best and Flat, P.A. today.
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