Today marks the official start of the summer. Families often take advantage of their kids being out of school for the summer to head out on vacations to other parts of New York and places far and near. Individuals are often more active and spend extended time outdoors during these warm months. It’s no wonder that emergency room doctors see an uptick in patients being seen for certain conditions or concerns during this time of the year.
Families and friends tend to gather together in backyards for a barbeque or sit around a campfire at some point during the summer. It, therefore, shouldn’t come as a surprise that many people visit emergency rooms (ERs) with burns.
Adults often get hurt around grills and campfires because they neglect to squirt lighter fluid onto coals before they light them. Flames tend to flare up, engulfing them when they do this once the coals are hot. Children who are left unattended around fires often get hurt because they try to touch them.
Individuals are also commonly seen in ERs in Long Island and across other parts of New York during the summer for swimming-related injuries. Many individuals get hurt while out on their boats or after suffering trauma from jumping into a lake or pool. Doctors also see their fair share of children who drown after being left unsupervised near a body of water.
Data previously published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) shows that drowning rates are particularly high among children from age 1 to 4. In fact, it’s the second leading cause of death among this demographic. Only car crashes claim more lives.
Since individuals tend to gravitate outdoors when it’s warm, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that the number of sports-related injuries increases during the summer. Strains, sprains and broken bones are the most common types of injuries that people suffer from.
Sunburn, heat-related injuries, food poisoning and insect bites or skin irritations also often send individuals seeking medical help to the ER.
Many of these summertime injuries are caused by an individual’s own carelessness. Some happen because someone else drops the ball though.
If you’re hurt due to someone else’s negligence this summer, then a personal injury attorney can help. They can advise you of your right to compensation so you don’t have to shoulder the financial burden yourself.