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Accidents and the Holidays: Were You Injured this Holiday Season?

The holidays may be a time of good cheer, but they are also one of the most common times of the year for accidents and injuries to occur. In fact, Medicinenet.com reports that there are 6,200 people treated in emergency rooms every year across the United States for injuries related to holiday decorations and Christmas trees alone! The following considers some of the most common accidents and injury types over the holiday season, and what to do if you’re starting 2018 with a potential injury suit–

Common Holiday Accidents and Injuries

Some of the most common holiday accidents and related injuries include:

  • Falls. Falls are a leading cause of visits to the emergency room during the holiday season, and are most common due to:
    • Improperly using a step ladder (or other means of reaching an otherwise out-of-reach height) to hang decorations or decorate a tree;
    • Falling from a roof when hanging lights; and
    • Slip and fall accidents on wet outdoor surfaces.
  • Fires. If one thing is true about the holiday season, it is that more candles and lights than normal can be found in nearly every home, regardless of religious belief or specific holiday that is being celebrated. Those who celebrate Christmas may hang lights upon a dry tree, which can ignite if lights get too hot, and those who celebrate Hanukkah may place candles in a Menorah, which can lead to fires and fire-related injuries. Be careful about open flames and lights, and double check to ensure that everything is blown out or turned off before going to bed or leaving the house.
  • Drunk driving. Sadly, drunk driving accidents tend to surge during the holiday season because of the festivities, many of which include serving and consuming alcohol. These accidents can have fatal consequences for those involved.
  • Dangerous toys and products. If you or your children received a heap of Christmas presents this holiday season, be sure to check for any product recalls before use. The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) recalls thousands of products each year due to hazards that can cause consumer injuries, ranging from bikes to children’s toys and furniture to electronics and more.

These accidents and sources of injury can potentially be serious. Bone fractures and head injuries are common in falls and slip and falls; burn injuries (which can be debilitating, disfiguring, and even fatal) are the most common injury when fire or heat is involved; and myriad injuries, ranging from minor cuts and bruises to spinal cord injuries can occur when a drunk driver causes a crash. The same is true of product liability accidents – potential injuries fall within a large range.

Gong Into 2018 With an Injury and Potential Injury Suit

If you have suffered an injury during the 2017 holiday season, and you believe that your injury was caused by the negligence of another party, you may be able to bring forth a personal injury suit for damages. A personal injury lawsuit can be filed when injuries would not have been sustained but for the negligence or wrongful actions of another party. Which means that while you may not be able to recover compensation for the foolish decision to stand upon a swivel desk chair to put the star atop the tree, you may be able to file a lawsuit against the drunk driver who hit you when you were coming home from a holiday party.

To learn more about how to bring forth an injury suit and recover compensation for your injuries, please contact the Alabama personal injury attorneys at the law office of Smith & McGhee, P.C. today. Our lawyers will advocate for you, and consultations are offered free of charge. You can reach us now at 334-702-1744, or by sending us a message using the contact form found on our website.