Tips on Avoiding Home Injuries
According to WebMD about one-third of all injuries happen in the home. Homeowner can prevent many of those injuries with just a few precautions. Children and the elderly are the most likely to suffer from an accident at home, however, every homeowner should take precautions to ensure all residents and visitors are safe.
Here are some helpful tips to avoid injuries in your own home:
Lock up the chemicals. Children like to explore kitchen and bathroom cabinets. Put childproof latches on cabinets even if you don’t have young children. You never know when a neighborhood family might stop by for a visit.
Throw away the throw rugs. Unless backed by a skid-proof lining, throw rugs slip and slide and frequently cause people to lose their footing.
Have handrails. While most interior staircases have good handrails, exterior stairs frequently lack stable, helpful handrails. If you’ve got a handrail outside, test it. Push and pull it with some force to make sure it’s stable enough to withstand a falling adult.
If you’ve been injured at someone else’s home, call a lawyer immediately. Most homeowners have insurance that will cover any medical bills associated with an accident or injury in their home. And don’t worry — you won’t be suing your friend. Generally, you are simply filing a claim with the insurance company that issued the homeowner’s insurance policy. However, because the insurance companies have hundreds of lawyers on their side trying to avoid paying out unnecessary claims, you will need one lawyer on your side. Your lawyer will ensure your medical bills are paid and you get any money you lost if you couldn’t work.