Helmets have been adopted in a wide range of recreational activities to prevent injuries and to protect the head. They, by far, do a lot to protect the brain and skull from injuries but are not fool proof in their construction and manufacturing.
The first layer of protection from any helmet comes from the plastic casing that is on the outside of the helmet. This provides a solid layer designed to prevent things from getting to the head. Unfortunately, if this plastic layer is not constructed correctly, i.e. given to having weak points or of poor plastic, it can break and provide minimal protection in an accident. Also, buying a second hand helmet that already has cracks in it is not a good idea.
Next is the layer of foam or softer cushioning material. This layer is in place to provide a cushion in the event of impact. If this layer of protection has large air bubbles or other structural deficiencies, the foam may not provide the right amount of cushion for the head in the event of impact. Previously compressed foam can also play a role in diminishing the effectiveness of a helmet in any type of accident.
Finally, improper fit plays a role. Some helmets are just poorly designed to the point that they will not fit a human head, regardless of how many adjustable pads are placed inside of the helmet to make it fit. The same can be said for the chin straps. Sometimes the helmet is just bad.
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If your injuries have been exacerbated by a faulty helmet, contact the Cincinnati personal injury lawyers at Stepleton Dugan, LLC today at 513-321-7733.