Helmets are designed to protect a wearers head from a traumatic brain injury. They are designed to absorb the impact of an accident and maintain their structure thus preventing greater harm to the brain. There are many different types of helmets that are used by us every day including,
- Motorcycle Helmets
- Firemen and Police helmets
- Football and other sports related helmets
- Bicycle helmets
- Construction site helmets; hard hats
- Welding Protective helmets
- Equestrian horse riding helmets
- Miner helmets
Unfortunately many helmets manufacture helmets which fail to protect a victim head because of wither a defective design or a defect in the manufacturing process. If you have sustained injures as a result of a defective helmet contact our Los Angeles Traumatic Brain Injury Attorneys. What should I do after a Motorcycle Accident if I believe my helmet was defective?
- Always take care of your well being: If injured seek medical attention as soon as possible. The quicker you seek medical representation the greater the chance of recovery.
- Document where the helmet was with respect to where you where you were after the accident. If you have a camera take pictures of the placement of the helmet.
- If the helmet has cracked open take pictures, and gather the fallen pieces.
- Do not destroy or throw out your helmet.
- Do not alter the helmet in any way including the helmet buckle
- If there are any witnesses attempt to get their information including their names and addresses
- Keep all your medical records
- Don not speak to an insurance adjuster until you have spoken to a personal injury attorney
Construction site hardhat defects: Hardhats must meet specific OSHA guidelines for construction site employees. Hard hats require a hard outer shell as well protective shock absorbing lining. Hardhats are divided into different classes that must meet specific safety criteria.
- Class A Hardhats: These are required for general services providing adequate but limited protection. Such hardhats are used in mining operations, the lumber industry, and manufacturing.
- Class B Hardhats: Used by electricians providing protection against electrical shock. Class B hardhats also provide protection against falling objects.
- Class C hardhats: Lightweight protective helmets providing only limited protection. Are only protective against a limited range of accidents.
Hardhats can experience wear and tear as well as manufacturing defects. If defects or wear and tear are found hardhats should be disposes and replaced. Often employers deny replacement hardhats to employees resulting unsafe work environments and serious head trauma injuries.