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Do Helmets Really Help Prevent Brain Injuries?

By The Law Office of WT Johnson on February 19, 2013

“Do I have to wear my helmet??” You might hear this every time your kids go bike riding. You probably tell them, “Yes!!” But sometimes you might wonder if helmets really do prevent head and brain injuries.

Don’t worry, they definitely do. In 70 percent of cases, when helmets are worn correctly they are effective in preventing damage on impact. In Ontario, Canada a study looked at injuries before and after helmets became mandatory for those under 18, and discovered that there was a 52 percent reduction in injuries when helmets were worn.

You don’t have to be going fast, fall far or hit your head hard to suffer brain injuries. Even mild head injuries can cause permanent behavioral and cognitive problems, such as memory loss, inability to concentrate and sleep disorders. Traumatic brain injuries can sometimes even lead to permanent disability or death. But if you are wearing a helmet during a fall, most of the impact is absorbed in the helmet, instead of on your head and brain.

The key to protecting yourself from brain injuries is not just to wear your helmet, but to wear it correctly.

  • Choose the proper helmet for whatever activity you are doing.
  • Make sure your helmet fits snugly, but comfortably.
  • Sit the helmet evenly on your head, not tilted back or forward.
  • Buckle it securely under your chin, so it won’t move during impact.
  • Choose one that is easy to adjust.

Traumatic brain injuries occur more often than you would think. If you or a loved one received a TBI due to the negligence of someone else, contact the Law Offices of W.T. Johnson. We can help you seek the compensation you are entitled to. Contact us today to set-up your free, no-obligation consultation.

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