People aren't worried enough about injuries! That's claim made for Injury Prevention Week starting tomorrow (Monday August 2) after some national research.
In fact, more than half the population of Scotland regularly fails to consider the safety of others as they go about their daily business, the new research for Injury Prevention Week (2-6 August) revealed.
“Most people don’t seem to consider if their actions could injure other people during their day-to-day activities, like driving or maintaining their houses or running their businesses,” said Mike Benner, chief executive of the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL) which hosts Injury Prevention Week every year.
YouGov research commissioned by APIL found that only 45 per cent of people polled in Scotland “always” or “often” think about their impact on the safety of others when undertaking regular activities.
“For the past 18 months we have all been asked to take extraordinary precautions to keep each other safe from coronavirus. You could be forgiven for hoping that the mindset of caring for others might extend beyond the pandemic, but this research suggests the opposite is true,” said Mr Benner.
“There were 564,359 personal injury claims registered last year in Britain. That is Hampden Park stadium packed ten times over with people who have suffered needless injuries. Some of those injuries will almost certainly have a devastating impact on people and their families, the NHS and the economy,” he said.
“That’s why we’re going back to basics this Injury Prevention Week. We are calling on everyone to think about their role in reducing needless injuries. The simple act of thinking about the impact of our activities on other people is not rocket science. It’s common sense.”
The Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL) is a not-for-profit campaign group which has been committed to injured people for more than 30 years. "Our vision is of a society without needless injury but, when people are injured, they receive the justice they need to rebuild their lives.
"We have more than 3,200 members who are committed to supporting the association’s aims, and all are signed up to APIL’s code of conduct and consumer charter."
APIL Membership comprises mostly solicitors, along with barristers, legal executives, paralegals and some academics.