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Prevent Traumatic Brain Injuries After A Bike Accident In PA Or NJ - Wear The Right Bike Helmet


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5/5/2014
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If you are a parent, you know that your kids outgrow their clothes, shoes and sporting equipment very quickly.  Last week when I took my 2 young sons out for their first bike ride of the season, I took out their helmets from last year, and they didn’t fit anymore because they were too tight.  So we couldn’t go for the bike ride and went to the local sporting store instead to get them new helmets.  My sons were disappointed and made a fuss about not being able to go, but I knew that I couldn’t take them for their own safety.  I admit that, for a moment, I thought about still going for a bike ride, but quickly erased that thought out of my mind.

Related Legal Article: The Importance Of Wearing A Bicycle Helmet When Riding

Bike helmets are crucial for all riders, children and adults alike.  They protect the riders’ heads in the event that there is an accident.  If the riders fall off their bikes and do not have helmets on, they can suffer serious traumatic brain injuries.

However, even if riders have helmets, riders have to make sure that the helmets fit properly.  Most parents buy their kids’ helmets at a sporting equipment store.  Parents need to make sure that the helmet they buy is the right one for their child.  In order to make sure the helmet fits properly, parents can ask the sales associate to fit the helmet on their child.

Unfortunately, even with the help of a sales associate, their child can still sustain a brain injury due to a couple of reasons:

  1. the helmet is defective; or
  2. the sales associate was not properly trained on how to properly fit a helmet.

See how Dan helped a client who suffered a brain injury due to an ill-fitting helmet: Sports Accident Injury-Ill Fitting Helmet Part 1

A helmet may be defective because of its design or because it was manufactured defectively.  If a helmet is defective, i.e., does not provide proper protection, a child may be injured and sustain a brain injury after a fall.  In that situation, the manufacturer of the helmet may be responsible for the child’s injuries and damages. 

If the sales associate was not properly trained on how to fit a helmet properly on a customer, the store may be held responsible for a child’s injuries.  If your child hits his head after falling off a bike because the helmet is too big and does not protect your child’s head, then the store may be found liable for your child’s injuries.

Recoverable Damages After A Brain Injury

Children who sustain a brain injury because their helmets did not provide proper or adequate protection may recover damages from responsible parties such as the store or the manufacturer.  Damages may include:

  • medical expenses,
  • out of pocket expenses and
  • pain and suffering.

If you or a loved one sustained a traumatic brain injury due to an improperly fitted helmet or a defective helmet, call Daniel J. O’Brien, a PA and NJ sports injury lawyer who has helped many individuals injured in sporting activities, to schedule a FREE consultation. 877.944.8396



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