When you look at your garage door, it’s unlikely that your first thought would be about safety, but the reality is, garage door injuries do occur.
Let’s consider the facts: garage doors are responsible for around 30,000 injuries each year. They’re a common addition or part of nearly every home, making them more likely to cause injuries just by simply being there. Garage doors can also weigh a great deal; anywhere from several dozen pounds to over a hundred pounds.
We’ll go through several of the most common garage door injuries below that you should be aware of when it comes to your safety and the safety of your family.
Pinching happens when fingers get stuck between the panels of the garage door as it is either opening or closing. The term “pinching” might imply a slight pain that shouldn’t be a bother, yet some of those “pinches” turn into amputations.
Crushing occurs for one of two reasons: either the person injured was running underneath the garage door as it was closing or the garage door’s mechanical features malfunctioned randomly. Either way, crushing is a serious garage door injury that can lead to extensive and expensive time in a hospital.
Being Locked In
If your garage is not attached to your house and the bolts and springs on your garage are old and outdated, you could potentially be locked in your garage. Depending on the amount of time you are stuck, you could experience dehydration or worse.
Get a Garage Door Injury Attorney with Ahlander Injury Law
Preventing garage door injuries by regular inspections of your door and by being careful and cautious are the best thing you can do to avoid experiencing any of the above situations. However, accidents do happen, and you should know who you can turn to when you need a garage door injury attorney.