Common Holiday Personal Injury Accidents
The holiday season is a joyful time, as people come together to spend quality time with family, friends, and loved ones. Although the holidays are usually joyful times, personal injury accidents do occur. If you become injured, during the holidays and any other time, immediately seek medical attention. In addition to having a medical professional assess your physical being, this will help you in the court of law. In order to spread awareness, we discuss the most common personal injury accidents that occur during the holiday season.
Fires and Burns
Fires and burns are one of the most common accidents and injuries that occur during the holiday season. There are various sources that cause fires. Firstly, electrical fires may occur when someone overloads an electrical socket, or creates a shortcut by using frayed wires. Another cause of fire occurs when water comes into contact with a connected plug, for example, an electrical cutter near a kitchen sink. Christmas tree fires may also occur, although most trees are less flame-friendly than previously, thanks to improvements in the design of light strands. If you have children, be careful to keep them away from the hot stove, pots, and other electrical sources that have the potential to start a fire.
Falls While Decorating
Another common accident that occurs during the holiday season is falls from decorating. Some people fall from their roofs while putting up holiday decorations. Falls can result in severe injuries, including concussions, broken bones, spinal cord injuries, and traumatic brain injuries. In order to minimize the chance of falling and becoming injured, use a ladder safely. Another way to stay safe when putting decorations on the roof is asking for help, and working with someone else to decorate, to minimize the workload and thus stress while decorating up high.
Drunk Driving and Car Accidents
Each year, the number of auto accidents related to drunk driving increases largely. Drunk driving accidents are specifically high from the period of Christmas through New Years. In addition to driving intoxicated, holiday-goers traveling from events and parties may feel exhausted, damaging their ability to drive and use clear judgement while driving. Auto accidents may also increase as road traffic becomes heavier, as more people are on the road to go places to celebrate the holiday. Due to the spike in auto accidents during the holidays, it is likely that more cops will be monitoring the roads, so drive safely at all times.
In order to enjoy the holidays fully and prevent injury, always be aware of what you are doing. For example, while putting decorations on the roof, use a ladder and ask for help if needed. While cooking, be careful using different appliances, and keep all electrical devices away from the kitchen sink. In the event that you or a loved one become injured during the holiday season, immediately seek medical attention. Although some injuries may appear minor at first, some symptoms may come out later on. Hire a personal injury attorney who is eager to obtain the compensation you deserve.
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