Catastrophic injuries and preventable deaths are on the rise. Some injuries, such as spinal cord injuries or the onset of PTSD after an accident, can prevent you or your partner from earning income.
Protecting yourself from injury is also a way to protect your income and assets.
Preventable injuries and deaths in Florida
The National Safety Council says that accidental injury is on the rise and is currently the third leading cause of death in the United States. In Florida, poisoning, falls and motor vehicle accidents are the leading causes of preventable deaths. Often these injuries involve more than one party and are not your fault, but you can take precautions. For example:
- Only ingest medications as prescribed
- Avoid known allergens
- Stay away from littered or obstructed walkways
- Consider trading your flip-flops for sneakers
- Obey traffic rules
- Keep your car well-maintained and up-to-date on inspection
When you are not at fault
Even if you follow every safety guideline available, not all catastrophic injuries or deaths are avoidable. After all, you can only control your own actions. Negligent and careless individuals and businesses cause catastrophic injuries and deaths every year. If a negligent person or business injures you or a loved one or causes a preventable death, you can file a lawsuit and seek monetary compensation. Most individuals and businesses facing lawsuits want to avoid future claims. Lawsuits can drive them to increase safety standards.
Understanding and following safety guidelines prevents injuries. Knowing what to do after an injury is also essential.