Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C. is celebrating National Safety Month, a month when communities across the country take the time to reflect on the importance of making safety a priority, and raise awareness about important safety topics. As Washington, DC personal injury lawyers who help victims hold negligent parties accountable for causing preventable accidents, we know prevention is worth a pound of cure when it comes to safety.
This June, the National Safety Council, which leads the month-long observance of National Safety Month, has outlined a few important topics and information everyone can benefit from taking a moment to review. These include:
- Emergency Preparedness – Being prepared for the unexpected is a crucial component of safety, whether that means being prepared in the workplace, at home, or nearly anywhere else. According to the National Safety Council, not enough Americans have plans in place to respond to real emergencies, including those involving medical emergencies and natural disasters. The NSC provides a number of resources for families and employers who want to make effective safety and emergency preparedness plans, including family plans for things like home fires or flooding.
- Wellness – Personal health and wellness is something many people forget to consider when it comes to safety. Plans and resources can only do so much if you aren’t taking the time to ensure your own personal safety, and the safety of those around you. While this can include healthy lifestyles, exercise, and eating habits, it can also include simple things like ensuring you get enough sleep. At the National Safety Council notes, fatigue is one of the single most common causes of preventable accidents, in the workplace, at home, and on the road. In fact, drowsy driving has been found to be just as dangerous as drunk driving!
- Falls – Falls are a leading cause of preventable injuries and death, especially among the elderly and in a number of workplace settings. That’s despite the fact that many fall risks can be appropriately managed when safety is made a priority. Whether you’re using a ladder at home, working from heights on the job, working to ensure safe conditions on your property, or caring for an elderly loved one, there are numerous steps you can take to reduce fall-related accidents.
- Driving – Driving is something many of us do on a daily basis, and because of that we’re quick to forget just how dangerous is really is. Car accidents, including pedestrian and bicycle accidents, have long been a leading cause of injury and death in the U.S. – and many of those accidents are preventable. Ensuring safety on the road means always putting safety first by abiding by traffic laws, being aware and considerate of those around you, avoiding distractions, never driving drunk, and more.
You can learn more about these safety topics and ways you can get involved in spreading the word on safety by visiting the National Safety Council’s website.
CSCS: Committed to Safety
As personal injury lawyers who have been serving injured victims and families throughout Virginia, Maryland, and Washington, DC for over four decades, we know all too well how accidents and injuries can disrupt the lives of victims and their loved ones. Over the years, we have upheld our commitment to safety not only by advocating for initiatives and organizations that prioritize prevention and victims’ rights – such as the Brain Injury Association of Metropolitan Washington, DC, the Washington Area Bicyclist Association (WABA), and even the drafting of important legislation like the DC Youth Athletic Concussion Protection Act – but also by publishing a number of safety-related blogs for our clients and local residents.
Below are just a few safety blogs we’ve written over the years that you may find helpful:
- Water Safety: Preventing Drowning Accidents
- Summer Holiday Safety Tips
- Summer Camp Safety Tips
- Auto Recall Safety
- Running Safety Basics
- Winter Driving Safety Tips
- Protecting Yourself From Hit-and-Run Accidents
Our firm has also published E-books that can help you protect your health and safety, as well as your right to compensation, after a crash occurs. You can view these E-Books here.
Unfortunately, we know that even the most safety conscientious individuals can suffer harm when others around them are negligent. Should you or someone you love suffer injuries in a preventable accident, our award-winning attorneys are readily available to help you navigate the journey ahead, including prioritizing your safety by helping you obtain the medical treatment you need, and helping you begin the process of filing a personal injury claim. To learn more about our personal injury services, the cases we handle, and how we may be able to help you, call (202) 659-8600 or contact us online for a free consultation.