How many times growing up did you hear the phrase prevention is better than cure? As a Dad of two young girls, I have lost count of how many times I have told them that if they eat too many sweets and don’t brush their teeth, they will eventually fall out. A tad catastrophic maybe, but a point made for a 5 year old.
Health and Safety gets a bad rep. Let’s be honest, it is easy to bemoan health and safety laws when there is a dull risk assessment to complete when there is ‘real’ work to do. More red tape you say? No thanks. But that risk assessment might be the difference between someone coming home to their family after a day’s work in the warehouse, or suffering life changing injuries that turns their lives upside down. It is long established in this country that if you are injured as the result of someone else’s negligence you are entitled to compensation. The idea is that the system tries to put you back in the position you were in before the accident occurred. Of course it is vitally important that people have access to this system and that cost is not a barrier to that, but how about highlighting ways to prevent the injury in the first place? Surely we would all prefer for people not to be needlessly injured in the first place.
The Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL) does sterling work to highlight the needs of injured people, and once again at Coole Bevis LLP we are delighted to support their Injury Prevention Day where they want people to think about what they can do to help prevent harm. This year their focus is on avoiding needless injuries by ensuring vehicle head restraints are properly adjusted. Ever increasing traffic, congestion and bad driving habits, all adds to the risk of low speed collisions and injuries. Correctly positioned head restraints could help to prevent subsequent neck and back injuries and only takes a few seconds to get right. But maybe you could do more. Over 20 years ago I became an advanced driver. It is so easy to get into bad habits and enrolling on an advanced course is a great way to brush up on your driving techniques. Details are here. https://www.iamroadsmart.com/ You never know it might prevent a nasty cure.
Tim helps to recover damages and arrange rehabilitation for people injured through the fault of others. If things have gone wrong, you have been injured and it wasn’t your fault, Tim can offer a free consultation. He is contactable on 01273 716616 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.