common summer injuries

Florida’s vibrant summer season brings warm weather, beautiful beach days, and increased activities that can lead to various injuries. Knowing what these common injuries are can help prepare and prevent them for residents and visitors alike, ensuring a safer and more enjoyable summer.

Here’s what you need to know about common summer injuries in Florida and how our skilled West Palm Beach personal injury lawyers can assist you if you find yourself injured. Contact us online or call (561) 655-1990 to schedule your free consultation.

Heat-related illnesses

The Florida sun is intense, and with high temperatures comes the risk of heat-related illnesses such as heat exhaustion and heat stroke. Symptoms might include dizziness, nausea, headache, and even fainting. It’s crucial to stay hydrated, take frequent breaks in the shade, and wear appropriate clothing to mitigate these risks.

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Water-related injuries

With Florida’s abundance of pools and beaches, water-related activities are a popular pastime during the summer. However, this increased exposure to water also raises the risk of water-related injuries.

Common incidents include drowning or near-drowning, injuries from boating and jet ski accidents, and even issues from poorly maintained pools, such as infections from parasites like cryptosporidium, which can survive in chlorinated pool water. To minimize risks, it’s crucial always to supervise children, wear life jackets while boating, adhere to safety regulations, and ensure pools are properly maintained to prevent outbreaks of waterborne illnesses.

Sunburn and skin damage

In sunny Florida, sun exposure is inevitable and carries risks like sunburns and potential long-term skin damage. Severe sunburns can be extremely painful and may even escalate the risk of skin cancer.

To protect yourself, apply broad-spectrum sunscreen with a high SPF, wear protective clothing such as hats, and limit your time in the sun during peak hours. Additionally, summer is a popular barbecue season, making grill safety a must. Always ensure your grill is stable and located away from flammable materials. Never leave it unattended to prevent burns or other injuries, especially when children or pets are present.

Insect bites and stings

Summer in Florida sees a surge in insect activity, including mosquitoes and bees, which can lead to bites and stings. These can be painful and potentially dangerous if allergic reactions occur. To avoid these, use insect repellent, wear long sleeves and pants in wooded areas, and be cautious around stagnant water and blooming gardens.

Outdoor and sporting injuries

Outdoor activities like hiking, cycling, and beach sports are popular during the summer, but they also bring the risk of sprains, fractures, and other injuries. Wearing appropriate gear, warming up before intense activity, and being mindful of the body’s limits can help avoid these common injuries.

What to do if you are injured

  1. Seek medical attention immediately for any serious injuries.
  2. Document the incident and your injuries with photos and detailed notes.
  3. Contact our firm for a free consultation to discuss your legal options.

Florida’s summer season should be a time for fun and relaxation, not stress and injury. You can greatly reduce your risk by being aware of common summer injuries and taking the necessary precautions. However, if an injury does occur, know that Lytal, Reiter, Smith, Ivey & Fronrath is just a call away at (561) 655-1990 to support your legal needs.

How Lytal, Reiter, Smith, Ivey & Fronrath can help

If you or a loved one suffers from a summer injury in Florida, our experienced team at Lytal, Reiter, Smith, Ivey & Fronrath is here to help. We provide comprehensive legal assistance to ensure that your rights are protected and you receive the compensation you deserve. Whether negotiating with insurance companies or representing you in court, our firm is committed to achieving the best possible outcome for your case.